The economic strength of the North and its intentions to wrestle powers and responsibilities from London were given the thumbs up by the national Chamber chief at Bradford’s annual dinner.
John Longworth, Director-General of the British Chambers of Commerce told the audience that, with an election just around the corner, there has been no better time to state the case for devolution. MPs of all parties are chasing votes and a proposal for a ‘Northern powerhouse’ has been made by the current government.
Mr Longworth said that Britain’s withdrawal from the EU, though unlikely, would not be disastrous as international trade deals would continue in the future as they have in the past. Plan for the long-term was his parting message.
In his presidential address, Paul Mackie, diagnosed with prostate cancer in autumn 2014, mixed business with personal when he spoke of “recovery, patience and positivity”, referring to his own circumstances aswell as the economy. Collaborating with others would be the key to future economic prosperity, said Paul, who stressed his determination to keep playing his part “when I’m back to my fighting weight.”
The new-in-post Chairman of the Board for the new Producer City project, Lord Kamlesh Patel, joined other VIPs, including three of the District’s MPs, for the evening, which culminated with comedian Alan Cochrane causing some belly laughs.
The event was sponsored by property recruitment specialists Spectrum and corporate tables were taken by Bradford College, Business Enterprise Agency, Christeyns, LCF Law and Schofield Sweeney.