North West Productivity Forum

England’s North West region has more than seven million people and is made up of five distinct but interconnected sub regions: the two major cities and urban agglomerations that surround Manchester and Liverpool and the more rural regions of Lancashire and Cumbria to the North and Cheshire to the south. If we use Gross Value Added (GVA) as a measure of  regional productivity performance, the North West lags 8% below the UK average (2018 ONS figures). However, there are marked inter-regional differences too with Cheshire East being  the 19th most productive of the UK’s 170 NUTS3 areas and North East Greater Manchester ranking 160th.  The North West RPF has been established to work with business leaders and policy makers on critical productivity issues in the North West and to help in the development and implementation of the Institute’s research agenda and practical business interventions.

Key Contacts

John Holden

North West Forum Lead
University of Manchester

Jennifer Halliday

North West Forum Chair
CF Fertilisers

Dr Richard Allmendinger

North West Forum Contact
Alliance Manchester Business School

Michelle Davies

TPI Business Engagement Lead
The Productivity Institute


Barry Leahey


Clive Memmott

Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce

Damian Waters

Confederation of British Industry

David Hughes

ABB Group

David Taylor

Lancashire Enterprise Partnership

Donna Edwards

Made Smarter Growth

Emma Degg

North West Business Leadership Team

Gary Young


Henri Murison

Northern Powerhouse Partnership

Jessica Bowles


Kate Forth


Lynn Collins

Trades Union Congress

Mark Couttie


Murryam Anwar

Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

Sally Penni

Kenworthy’s Chambers

Kevin Carolan

The Hut Group


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