North West Business Insider May 2021

Generating the power

The Power List is always one of my favourite projects of the year, as we rank the region’s workers by impact, influence and visibility. We include business leaders and influential figures in the public sector but avoid celebs and royals. It is an opportunity to look all across our region and rank the most powerful individuals.

As it’s Insider’s 30th anniversary, I looked back at the inaugural Power List in 1991. Back then the makeup of the list was very different. Very few of the individuals on that first list could be considered for this year’s and as you will see from the list only one person made both lists.

One business leader making his debut this year is Leyland Trucks managing director Brennan Gourdie who explained to me that not only is the 125-year-old Lancashire manufacturer seeing sales of GBP879m – a 12-year high – it is also on the cutting edge of technology with electric trucks driving out of production this month. Electric vehicles are of course just part of the solution when it comes to reaching Net Zero. The area few want to talk about is nuclear and making his debut in the Power List this year is Ivan Baldwin from Britain’s Energy Coast Business Cluster who is not only shaping the narrative for Cumbria, but also for Japan.

While the focus of this month’s issue is those driving the Northern Powerhouse we also have a special Midlands Investment Guide which looks at that region’s key assets, from the cities of Birmingham, Nottingham and Lincolnshire to its freeport bid, HS2 and key clusters. And when it comes to investment our region’s private equity community has never been stronger, never had more money to spend and has never been more diverse. As well as taking a view from the market I also spoke to companies like Fulfilmentcrowd, DriveWorks and Alpine Fire Engineers who talked me through their good and bad experiences of taking investment.

If you are thinking of taking private equity funding, this is a feature you can’t afford to miss.

Simon Keegan, editor, North West Business Insider