Final line-up of speakers announced for the inaugural West Yorkshire Economic Growth Conference

  • Over 300 delegates and 20 exhibitors
  • Dr Aman Puri, Counsul General for India – key note speaker
  • New speakers confirmed including HS2, Transport for the North and Huddersfield Town AFC

Over three hundred people are expected to attend the first ever West Yorkshire Economic Growth Conference taking place in Leeds this week on 22 September 2017.

The line-up of prominent speakers has been revealed with Cllr Susan Hinchcliffe Chair of the West Yorkshire Combined Authority, Roger Marsh Chair of the Leeds City Region LEP and Paul Smith Chair of Eversheds Sutherland taking centre stage.

Dr Aman Puri Counsul General for India will be speaking in the region for the first time. He will deliver the keynote speech looking at how businesses in West Yorkshire can work with countries such as India for future economic growth opportunities.

Speaking ahead of the Conference Dr Aman Puri said:

“We strongly believe that a two-way investment relationship between India and British Businesses is essential for companies in both economies to realise the true potential of this partnership. This will spur stronger export led growth by providing the required visibility and exposure.

“The strength of West Yorkshire in the field of financial services, digital and creative, healthcare and manufacturing services can be harnessed by Indian companies seeking to grow in these sectors. Businesses based in West Yorkshire must look at increasing their foot print in India, the fastest growing large economy of the World.”

Taking place at New Dock Hall in Leeds, the West Yorkshire Economic Growth Conference will bring together public and private sector leaders to tackle, discuss and debate five key topics that are central to economic growth in the region – the role of the combined authority, improving transport, delivering housing, developing skills and how to grow the economy.

Keith Griffiths, organiser of the event and MD of Built Environment Networking said:  

“With Yorkshire devolution gaining momentum and the national call for investment in northern transport infrastructure, the event comes at a perfect time for delegates to hear from those business and political figures who are leading these key debates.

“I am excited to announce that the programme is packed full of speakers who are experts in their fields and this list is set to continue to grow.”

The latest speakers to join the event include Lorna Pimlott, Phase Two Sponsorship Director at HS2, Sean Jarvis, Commercial Director at Huddersfield Town AFC and Nigel Foster

Director of Strategy, Transport for the North.

The West Yorkshire Economic Growth Conference is the first of its kind nationally and the launch of this model in Leeds is soon to be rolled out across the country.

In addition to the line up of high profile figures from across the country, there will be over 20 exhibitors attending the conference at New Dock in Leeds.

Organisers of the Conference, Built Environment Networking, said the event provides a unique opportunity for delegates to hear about the collaborative approach to economic growth from the public and private sectors.

Keith Griffiths added:

“This conference provides a prime platform for business leaders and public bodies in Yorkshire to come together, share ideas and help West Yorkshire continue to grow.

 “I would urge interested parties to get their tickets now before we sell out.”

For more information or to book tickets to the event on 22nd September 2017 please visit:

Sponsorship and exhibition opportunities are available for the event. Businesses interested in finding out more can contact Built Environment Networking on 0113 397 0865 or

For the latest updates about the event, follow @WestYorksGrowth


For further information please contact: Victoria Starkey via email on or call 0113 457 0050

Editors Notes

  • The headline sponsor for the event is Eversheds Sutherland, the international law firm with offices in Yorkshire and across the UK.
  • Sponsors also include e-on, Robertson, Leeds Beckett University, Wates, Kier, City Fibre and Translate.