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AI to be a key focus at the first Northern Powerhouse Business Summit
AI to be a key focus at the first Northern Powerhouse Business Summit

AI to be a key focus at the first Northern Powerhouse Business Summit

The growth of Artificial Intelligence (AI) is one of the ‘Grand Challenges’ that will be discussed at the first Northern Powerhouse Business Summit.

A three-day summit has been set for 4 – 6 July at NewcastleGateshead, discussing the future direction of the Northern Powerhouse and innovation in the region.

The first event of its kind to be held by the government, the Northern Powerhouse Business Summit will bring together Northern Mayors, small businesses, other business leaders in the region, and government ministers, who will, in the form of panel discussions, speeches, presentations and workshops, help to shape the next stage of the Northern Powerhouse.

Talks have previously taken place to boost growth and productivity and during the three days of this summit, discussions will be held to determine how the Northern Powerhouse can position itself at the forefront of the government’s Industrial Strategy.

In particular, there will be a focus around the ‘Grand Challenges’ of the government. These include clean growth; the future of mobility and an ageing society; and growing the AI and data-driven economy.

Councillor John Adams, Cabinet Member for the Economy at Gateshead Council, believes the Northern Powerhouse Business Summit is a great opportunity for the region to showcase its digital capabilities.

He said: “It will provide a platform to showcase the breadth of talent and capabilities of Northern business to a national and international audience, showing that we can compete globally in sectors including manufacturing, digital, and business services, and it will demonstrate the exciting and rewarding careers that are available to people here in the north east.

The Northern Powerhouse Minister, Jake Berry, added: “The Northern Powerhouse is a top priority for our government and it is right that it should be central to the Great Exhibition of the North.

“The last Great Exhibition was in 1851, when the North was powering the Industrial Revolution. This summit is about making sure that the Northern Powerhouse is creating a northern economy fit for the future with the north at the forefront of a fourth Industrial Revolution.”

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