Atkins: Rebuilding and Rebalancing the Powerhouse

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Covid-19 has shone a light on the need to build back better strategic, economic and environmental planning in our regions and across the Northern Powerhouse. If we are to build, build, build to rebalance the economy, the UK must focus on addressing the deep and widening regional disparities and rebuild opportunities for today’s and tomorrow’s generations. Levelling up remains a vitally important agenda; local, regional and national Industrial Strategies must work together to boost regional growth and prioritise infrastructure investment.

Now, more than ever, is the time for us all to put our words into action. That is why we are so pleased to be running the upcoming Atkins Covid-19: ROAD TO RECOVERY SERIES.

Each session will step-up the debate on what’s needed to rebuild and rebalance the Northern Powerhouse. As the UK shifts from pandemic to recession and then to recovery there are some serious economic and environmental challenges ahead. The Atkins Covid-19 Road to Recovery Series will highlight the innovation, leadership and connectivity required to rebuild and rebalance the Northern economy and reboot infrastructure, investment and trade.

Building Net Zero Innovation and Solutions – Road to recovery
14:00 – 15:30 Tuesday 15th September 2020
Our first session, Building Net Zero Innovation and Solutions will provide a high-level forum to bring together business and political leaders to lead, shape and inform the debate on how to accelerate investment in Net Zero solutions and innovation to rebuild and rebalance the Northern Powerhouse economy. In particular, it will ask what we need to do now to scale-up decarbonisation plans to meet the UK’s Net Zero target by 2050 or sooner? It will also look at what the North needs to lead the Green Recovery and create green jobs, skills and prosperity in order to ‘level-up’ in the hardest-hit towns, cities and regions across the North.

Building Back Better Transport – Road to recovery
10:00 – 11:30 Wednesday 30th September 2020

Covid-19 has impacted greatly on how we travel, transport goods, deliver services and connect. Moving forward and plans for investment in high speed rail and levelling-up in the North – we know we must build back better. Decades of under-investment in transport has only worked to widen regional inequalities and reduce the North’s growth potential. In a post-Covid-19-Brexit global marketplace the Government urgently needs to scale-up its investment in the North. The second session in the series looks at how we can transform the way the North connects its people and places. Government has been quick to make promises but what needs to be done, now, to accelerate connectivity and reboot the Northern economy?

Build, Build, Build Skills and Housing – Road to recovery
14:00 – 15:30 Tuesday 13th October 2020
If we are to build, build, build to rebalance the economy, the UK must address the deep and widening regional disparities and rebuild opportunities, especially in the North.
This session will look at how the North can build, build, build to transform its left behind towns, cities and communities. This Covid-19 Atkins Road to Recovery session, we will look at how to scale-up investment and build sustainable, quality, homes and places where people want to work, rest and play and look at building the skills we need to unlock and rebalance the North’s future growth in recovery.

It is time to kick start the debate on what the North needs now, and in the longer term, to rebuild and rebalance the Northern Powerhouse economy. Don’t forget to sign-up and join the Atkins Covid-19: Road to Recovery Series. Please email:info@devoconnect.co.uk to register for what will be an exciting series.

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