On the morning of 19 November, almost 200 business professionals from across the Liverpool City Region (LCR) came together at ACC Liverpool for the Liverpool City Region Local Enterprise Partnership’s (LEP) yearly conference to highlight the LEP’s vital work.
Headline sponsor included Wirral-based but world leading Typhoo Tea, who highlighted how beneficial their LCR location base has been for business and the opportunities that are available for absolutely everyone else who are in the same boat.
TV broadcaster and event host Ranvir Singh, began by introducing Asif Hamid (LEP chair) & Mark Basnett (LEP Managing Director). They welcomed all and shared with the room all of the latest progress and achievements from the LEP, opening the conference on a high.
The sessions throughout the morning covered a huge range of topics, including investment, scaling up businesses, talent, people and assets.
Speakers included representatives from:
- Liverpool City Region Combined Authority
- Liverpool City Region Local Enterprise Partnership
- Everton Football Club
- BDO LLP
- Peel Ports
- ScaleUP Institute
- Agent Academy
- Gas Tag
- Abbey Group
- City of Liverpool College
There are so many exciting things happening across the city region. Here are 10 key learnings that I took from the conference:
- Liverpool City Region boasts assets which will drive inclusive growth – it’s time we all begin to shout about them
- However, there are still large communities in deprivation which need the support available and confidence to progress
- Everyone is responsible to aim to be dynamically different and bring about real lasting change
- We must invest more in talent to help people grow, and maintain and retain the talent that already exists in LCR
- Collaboration is absolutely key to share resources to support the next generation into work
- Apprenticeships and/or internships should absolutely not be a last resort for young talent
- Businesses should look at their brand through a young person’s perspective to understand what they should be offering to retain talent in the city
- Businesses offering work experience should aim to ensure that young people take away real, beneficial and constructive experience from their organisations
- Liverpool City Region’s brand narrative must be supported by local businesses and everyone must sing from the same hymn sheet for maximum impact
- Four interactions with careers significantly decrease a child’s chance of being NEET post the age of 16
If you have not attended the LCR LEP conference before, we would highly recommend that you attend in 2020! The conference is absolutely invaluable in terms of gathering insight, knowledge and networking with key leaders and influencers across the city region. We’re looking forward to what the next year has in store for Liverpool.
See you at #LCRLEP20!