The Northern Powerhouse Conference 2018 scheduled to take place in February in Manchester, has been postponed, according to the organisation’s website and as reported in the Manchester Evening News.
Last year’s event brought together thousands of delegates including chief executives, businesses and policy makers, but it has been announced that the 2018 will not go ahead as planned on February 13 and 14 at Manchester Central.
A message from the Leeds-based private company sent to those who had already bought tickets for the event read: “Unfortunately we have to inform you that we have taken the extremely difficult decision to postpone the Conference. Please accept our sincere apologies for this.”
Director of UK Northern Powerhouse Ltd Martin Venning said that the event due to take place at Manchester Central had been postponed rather than cancelled.
He told The Manchester Evening News: “We will be making a further announcement on this very shortly but the bottom line is that it is postponed.”
Northern Powerhouse Partnership (NPP) director Henri Murison told the MEN:
“The Northern Powerhouse Conference was organised by an independent commercial organisation which has taken the decision to postpone the event.
“I feel strongly that there is genuine support for the Northern Powerhouse from businesses across the north, and a renewed focus from Government, as evidenced by the funding commitments in the Budget and Industrial Strategy.
“It is important that the north works together to promote its strengths and attract funding from Government on fundamental issues that matter to everyone in the region, such as transport, education and further devolution.”
Read more at the Manchester Evening News online