15th October 2015

SMR Architects were delighted to be invited to the IoD’s Big Debate. As part of Leeds Business Week, the IoD held an open house event at their newly refurbished Leeds Hub facility at Old Broadcasting House.

The ‘Big Debate’:  Five months on, what have we learned since the Election?

Panel Chair    Greg Wright Deputy Business Editor, Yorkshire Post

  • Cllr James Lewis Deputy Leader Leeds City Council
  • Bill Adams Regional Secretary of the Yorkshire and Humber Trade Union Congress (TUC)
  • Amanda Marsey Director, SMR Architects
  • Jimmy McLoughlin  Head of Policy, Institute of Directors
  • Etta Cohen OBE Founder of Forward Ladies

The debate was engaging and lively and covered a number of topics impacting upon the region’s growth and development. Many of the panel voiced the concern that the nation’s obsession with a EU referendum could deflect attention from Northern Powerhouse, discussing how to progress towards achieving the Northern Power House and how we can bridge the growing skills gap. We discussed whether Yorkshire and the North can genuinely work as one! The panel also discussed the growth and positive impact of Enterprise Zones within the region, followed by a passionate discussion regarding women in business.

Amanda Marsey, Director at SMR Architects, said

It was great to examine key areas affecting our region, and add an SME’s perspective to the debate. The evening saw passionate debate on women in business, the EU referendum and our progress towards re-balancing the North/South divide through a much needed Northern Power House.

Natalie Sykes, Regional Director at Institute of Directors, says

We were delighted to welcome Greg Wright and such an eminent and opinionated panel to the IoD Big Debate. The prospect of an EU Referendum presents many implications to government, society and business and ultimately it is our responsibility as citizens to engage with this debate.