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Square One Law and Barclays sponsor major event in region – “Prosperity North East”

A major conference held on Teesside, Prosperity North East, has helped to chart the future course of the region after the UK leaves the European Union.

Hosted by Teesside University and sponsored by Barclays and Square One Law, the conference brought together regional business leaders to debate mitigating Brexit challenges and make the most of the opportunity of being outside of the EU, specifically in key sectors such as clean energy, bioscience, advanced manufacturing and AI/digital.

Attended by Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Greg Clark, Prosperity North East featured a number of prominent speakers. Among them were Paul Drechsler CBE, Vice-President of the CBI and Chancellor of Teesside University and Tees Valley Mayor, Ben Houchen, as well as specialists from the key sectors who highlighted the challenges and opportunities in their industries.

The conference then presented regional business leaders with the opportunity to take part in the group discussions. The sessions were led by sector specialists who engaged with attendees to discuss the sort of economy and society they want to build after Britain leaves the European Union and identify the practical steps that need to be taken to achieve their shared vision.

The AI/Digital session was led by Square One Law’s Managing Partner and Head of Commercial, Gill Hall, alongside Animmersion founder Dominic Lusardi.

The outcomes of these sessions were then shared with the Secretary of State during a panel discussion led by Professor Jane Turner OBE DL, Pro-Vice Chancellor, Enterprise and Business Engagement, from Teesside University.

Gill Hall said: “It was a very energising conference that showcased the best of the North East business community. The innovation, determination and talent that exists in the region were very evident and will be significant in delivering economic success post-Brexit.

“The Business Secretary was very positive about the region and would have taken away that the North East is a real asset for the UK in its ambition to be economically successful in the future.   The sectors we discussed, including AI and Digital are key strengths and, in fact jewels in the crown, of the region’s economy and by maximising on the quality businesses we have and better showcasing their capabilities to the world, the region has a positive future ahead.”

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