A Yorkshire that works for everyone
Natalie Sykes, Regional Director IoD Yorkshire & North East
We were among our region’s leading business and public sector figures showing that we have the will to work together and deliver the One Yorkshire devolution plan for every part of God’s Own County not just a few select areas. Whatever it takes to break the devolution deadlock, we want “a Yorkshire that works for everyone”.
All too often when gatherings of leaders take place, there is a lot of talk and much positivity which is not followed up with tangible outcomes.
I’m pleased to say that is not the case here. I’m delighted to be a board member on Think Yorkshire, the new think-tank dedicated to One Yorkshire, and I will report back on progress via this column.
Rather than in-fighting within the region, I feel optimistic that we are now pulling together with one voice and there is a bright future ahead. I strongly suspect that we will have made significant strides come Yorkshire Day 2019.
Sadly this level of positivity is not being felt in the retail sector, where store closures and mass redundancies are making the headlines.
I was pleased to see that House of Fraser in Leeds is remaining open, testament to the transformation in the city centre’s retail and leisure offering which makes it such an appealing destination for visitors.
It is not such good news for Doncaster, Grimsby, Hull, Middlesbrough and Skipton. This has a huge impact on our region and we all need to work together to establish the best ways of utilising our town centres as residential, community, retail and leisure hubs.
For Leeds, and all of our surrounding towns and cities, rail connectivity remains a missing piece in the jigsaw. Recent timetable changes have exacerbated issues around reliability and capacity that commuters must endure every day.
Further evidence that we need devolved powers.
We must come together not just as Yorkshire but at the North to make a difference, for example by embracing the amazing potential of Hyperloop, the transformational technology that will run trains at 760mph.
Join us at our IoD Open House 2018 to find out what all the “hype” is about and get behind it.
Dr Alan James, who served as the first VP of Global Business Development at Virgin Hyperloop One, will be our guest speaker.
Open House will be held at Cloth Hall Court, the IoD’s state-of-the-art regional headquarters on Quebec Street, Leeds, on 10 October from 5pm. Attendance is free for all and we’d love to see you there.
09 August 2018