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Wayne Hemingway to design Northern Powerhouse summit

BeaconHouse Events teams with designer for first ever Northern Powerhouse Business Summit in Newcastle

Pictured: Wayne Hemingway with the BeaconHouse Events team

Newcastle-based events management company, BeaconHouse Events, has teamed up with designer Wayne Hemingway to manage the technical delivery and design of the first ever Northern Powerhouse Business Summit, through his multi-disciplinary creative agency HemingwayDesign.

Sarah Thackray, director of BeaconHouse Events, said: “We were delighted to win the bid for the production and design delivery of this iconic summit and working with Wayne Hemingway, who has brought so many creative ideas to the event’s design plans, has been an amazing experience.

“As proud Northern businesses, we can’t wait to show the exciting work that we’re doing to deliver exceptional events in the region.”

Paul Szomoru, director of business events at NewcastleGateshead Convention Bureau, said: “The delivery partners involved are some of the best in their field, and what’s more this exciting partnership between BeaconHouse Events and HemingwayDesign represents Northern innovation and collaboration at its best, showing the quality of businesses that we have here in the North of England."

Hemingway was co founder of famous British label Red or Dead. He has since worked on a wide-ranging selection of projects with several happening in North East England including designing a mass-market housing development in Gateshead, The Staithes, and bringing the award-winning Festival of Thrift to Redcar. He is also a professor in the Built Environment department of Northumbria University.

Designed to be the central business event during the Great Exhibition of the North, the summit will bring together small businesses, government ministers, city region mayors and business leaders from across the North of England. Together they will help to shape the next stage of the Northern Powerhouse through panel discussions, presentations, workshops and speeches.

Speakers for the event include; Mark Carney, governor of the Bank of England, Sugata Mitra, professor of Educational Technology at Newcastle University, Collette Roche, COO of Manchester United, Sarah Weir, CEO of the Design Council, Elaine Warburton, CEO QuantuMDx and Pam Warhust, founder of Incredible Edible.

Themes of discussions across the three-day summit will include how the Northern Powerhouse can be at the forefront of the fourth industrial revolution – Industry 4.0 – and the government’s industrial strategy, including the role of the North in the ‘Grand Challenges’ of growing the artificial intelligence and data driven economy, clean growth, the future of mobility and an ageing society.

There will also be a number of workshops, delivered by Northern businesses. Workshops will include practical sessions on designing for an ageing population, the future of work, digital transformation and building a Northern industrial strategy.

The production team beat off stiff competition from right across the country to win the bid to produce the event, which is part of the Great Exhibition of the North. It will take place on 4-6 July at the Boiler Shop – the site where 19th century engineer George Stephenson designed and built the world’s first locomotive.

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