The UK’s largest specialist communications agency for the built environment, becg, has announced its sponsorship of the New Statesman’s Northern Powerhouse Report and Conference (held on February 27th at Leeds Town Hall).
In its association with the New Statesman, becg is calling for the built environment to be a central consideration for fostering prosperity in the North. The New Statesman’s Spotlight report explores the key themes of devolution, investment in northern business, infrastructure, transport, education and the rebalancing of the economy.
The policy conference, held to launch the report, brings together leading names from national and regional politics, as well as business figures and advocates of the Northern Powerhouse strategy. The event explores themes covered in the report in a series of panel sessions on skills and education, transport and connectivity, digital infrastructure and inclusive growth. In partnering with the NewStatesman, becg joins First Direct, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, CityFibre and WSP as sponsors.
Commenting on the significance of the built environment to fostering prosperity in the North, becg Director and Head of North Kevin Whitmore, pictured above, said: “We need to create the right future for our next generation to reach their potential and fulfil their ambitions in the Northern Powerhouse.
“Providing our young people in the North with homes and jobs, and access and connectivity to these, must be a central consideration for the Northern Powerhouse: getting the built environment right is fundamental to its success.
“At becg, we believe that much can be done to achieve this through appropriate powers and more effective partnerships to facilitate investment and unlock support for new developments. Good engagement and communication can smooth the delivery of transformational schemes, while ensuring the needs of local communities are met and their concerns are always heard and addressed.”