The Political Landscape and Business

UCLAN, Foster Buildings
Thursday, 17 September 2015
6:15 pm – 7:15 pm (UK time)

Speaker: Mr Frank McKenna, Chief Executive of Downtown in Business

Time: Seminar begins around 6:15pm, but come along for 5:30pm for your complimentary hot meal.

To confirm your place, and for catering purposes before 15th September, please contact Richard on or on 01772 555 585

Learning Objectives
By the end of the lecture, delegates will be able to explain:
-The national picture with a new Conservative Government
-The demise of labour and the implication for business
-Is the increase in IPT an error of judgement
-The implications of an EU referendum
-The benefits and implications of the combined ‘Northern Powerhouse' for business in the North West

Frank McKenna is the founder and chief executive of Downtown in Business. Before establishing the Downtown brand Frank was a full time politician, serving as the leader of the North West Regional Assembly, deputy leader of Lancashire County Council and a Parliamentary Assistant. He was also the chairman of economic development company Lancashire Enterprises, and at the time Insider magazine described him as ‘the most powerful politician in the North West.' The Financial Times said he was ‘New Labour's man in the North.'

Since entering the world of business, Frank has served on the Merseyside Entrepreneurship Commission; Liverpool Vision's Strategic Planning board; and advisory boards on both the Lancashire and Liverpool Local Enterprise Partnership's. From 2008-2013 he was a Non Executive Director of a hospital trust board.

With an impressive list of connections in both the public and private sector Frank is now acknowledged as one of the most influential business voices in the region. A regular public speaker, contributor to television news programmes and to business and political publications, he has his own weekly radio programme on City Talk 105.9fm.

  • UCLAN, Foster Buildings
  • Preston
  • PR1 2HE
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