Posted on May 20, 2016 by staff

COMPLETED – IFB2016: Tech in the Northern Powerhouse


BusinessCloud looks at the role the digital and technology sector can play in the Northern Powerhouse at this early evening event at the 2016 International Festival for Business.

Thursday 30th June 2016, 5-7pm

Oh Me Oh My, West Africa House, 2 Water St, Liverpool L2 0RG

IFB2016 will include a week-long Creative and Digital Week between June 26-July 1, reflecting the importance of the sector to the UK economy.

Nowhere is technology more important to the economy than the North and there’s growing calls from entrepreneurs for technology to underpin the Northern Powerhouse.

Liverpool, Manchester, Leeds and Newcastle have thriving digital and tech sectors but what does the wider North need to do next?

That will be one of the themes of our ‘Tech in the Northern Powerhouse’ early evening event.

Held jointly by BusinessCloud and The Edge and sponsored by Liverpool City Council and KPMG, the event will hear from experts and entrepreneurs from across the region.

Tech in the Northern Powerhouse will be held at Oh Me Oh My, Liverpool and will be chaired by the new BusinessCloud editor and award-winning journalist Chris Maguire.


  • Jon Corner, chief executive, The Landing at Media City UK
  • Lou Cordwell, CEO, magneticNorth
  • Ged Fitzgerald, Chief Executive, Liverpool City Council
  • Amy De-Balsi, Owner, Herd
  • Andy Burton, CTO, Sky Betting and Gaming
  • Graham Pearce, Technology, Media and Telecommunications Lead, KPMG
  • Professor Ahmed Al-Shamma, Executive Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Technology, Liverpool John Moores University
  • Chris Maguire, editor, BusinessCloud (chair)


5.00-5.30pm Registration and refreshments
Speakers and panel debate


Selected upcoming BusinessCloud events

June 20th – Tech entrepreneurs who want to change the world, Liverpool

June 29th – Tech in the legal sector

June 30th – Big data and the Internet of Things conference, Liverpool

June 30th – Tech in the Northern Powerhouse evening event, Liverpool

July 5th – Big Data and IoT conference findings roundtable, Liverpool

July 13th – Technology and retail roundtable, Manchester

July 14th – Tech Manchester roundtable, Manchester

November 9th – Digital Entrepreneur Awards, Manchester