LCR Talking Business

Thursday 20th June 2024. Aintree Racecourse, Sunloch Suite.

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Welcome to the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority’s LCR Taking Business conference where you will hear about our ambitions to build a stronger, cleaner and fairer city region – and how you can help us to achieve them.




Guest arrival, refreshments and networking 

Marketplace: Digital Inclusion Team, Employer Brokerage, Fair Employment Charter, Growth Platform, Hydrogen Bus, Invest Liverpool City Region, LCR Connect, LCR Freeport, Mersey Tidal, Race Equality Hub.


Official Welcome: Priorities for the Combined Authority 2024/25

Katherine Fairclough, CEO, LCRCA


A Vision for Business: How the Mayoral priorities for Liverpool City Region relate to business

Steve Rotheram, Mayor for Liverpool City Region


Ask the audience

Facilitated by ICE Creates


Fireside Chat: Focus on Good Growth

Facilitated by Ruth Hartnoll, Deputy Chair, Business and Enterprise Board

  • Rachael Baker, Managing Director, JJ Smith
  • Simon Lewis, Partner, Brabners
  • Heather Tomlinson, Founder, Treaty Pie

Audience poll


Creating a Competitive LCR Economy

Kate Downes, Assistant Director, Liverpool City Region Combined Authority –

Evidence, Research & Intelligence

Audience poll


Fireside Chat: Focus on Investment and High Growth Business

Facilitated by Ruth Hartnoll, Deputy Chair, Business and Enterprise Board

  • Alison Lacy, Location Manager, Avalanche Studios Group
  • Paalan Sood, Founder, Sood Marketing
  • Utubakwu Michael Ushie, Founder/CEO, Thalasic Ltd

Audience poll


Lunch, Networking, Marketplace 


Business and Enterprise Board

David Meyerowitz, Chair of the Business & Enterprise Board

Audience Q & A


Table Discussions: How can the LCRCA support your business growth

Facilitated by ICE Creates


Feedback and audience poll


Reflections and closing comments

Katherine Fairclough and David Meyerowitz 


Event Close

Session hosts/chairs


Mayor Steve Rotheram

Mayor of the Liverpool City Region

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Katherine Fairclough

Chief Executive, Liverpool City Region Combined Authority

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David Meyerowitz

Chair, Business and Enterprise Board

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Ruth Hartnoll

Deputy Chair, Business and Enterprise Board,

Matchstick Creative

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Kate Downes

Assistant Director, Evidence, Research & Intelligence
Liverpool City Region Combined Authority
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Fireside chat 1


Rachael Baker

Managing Director, JJ Smith & Co

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Simon Lewis

Simon Lewis

Partner, Brabners

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Heather Tomlinson

Co-founder, Treaty Pie

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Fireside chat 2

Alison Lacy

Alison Lacy

Location Manager, Avalanche Studios Group

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Paalan Sood

Paalan Sood

Founder, Sood Marketing

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Utubakwu Michael Ushie

Founder and CEO, Thalasic Ltd

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Who are ICE?

ICE are a team of behaviour change specialists who work closely with communities and organisations to develop and co-design the best public services, businesses and local communities through their human-centred design approach, and their compelling vision as an organisation is to ‘make better happen.’

Today they will be drawing our conversations to life through a method of graphic metaphor scribing, to build a visual narrative that will help us to understand what matters most to you as our business community.


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