The recently elected Chairman of pro-manchester, who is also a Director in Deloitte’s Manchester office was addressing over 60 pro-manchester members at the city’s Football Museum on Thursday evening.
15 months on from George Osborne’s inaugural speech, the Northern Powerhouse is still the topic of conversation for most business leaders and the call for the great cities of the North to join together is still an attractive prospect for most.
Grogan was keen to recognise early frustrations with the progress of the Northern Powerhouse including the pause in the electrification project across the Pennines, making the headlines as a nail in the coffin of devolution however he was quick to urge that businesses should remain positive and supportive of the Northern Powerhouse and, avoid scare mongering. Focusing on his work with Deloitte he said that Manchester was increasingly emerging as one of Europe’s most appealing cities for establishing overseas connectivity with an economy and infrastructure that shows no sign of slowing down.
In closing Grogan who at 35 is the youngest ever Chairman of business development organisation pro-manchester issued a rallying cry to Manchester’s businesses displaying the enthusiasm and drive he’d promised in his inaugural address in July saying
“The Northern Powerhouse is already representing an enormous opportunity for the city of Manchester but we cannot afford to rest on our laurels. Government capital spending of up to £50bn is still needed to close the economic gap between the North and south and we need to continue our efforts to support business in the region to do this”
The pro-manchester Chairman’s Reception was held at The National Football Museum and was sponsored by Deloitte. Chairman Tim Grogan also announced his chosen charities for this year at the helm Macmillan Cancer Support and Francis House Trust.