The Northern Economic Summit
- 09:25 - 16:45
- The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
Councillor Matthew Brown is the emerging voice of economic localism in the UK.
First elected to Preston City Council to represent the Tulketh ward in 2002, Councillor Matthew Brown has since taken on portfolios that include community engagement and inclusion, social justice and policy initiatives.
Matthew has been widely credited as the driving force behind the 'Preston model', an economic model that re-directs procurement from external suppliers to local producers as a response to central government funding cuts that have ravaged the city's budgets since 2011. Recently, Matthew and the Preston model have gained traction with economists searching for alternative economic theory and practice; featuring in The Guardian, the Mirror and even appearing as a headlining guest at Ed Miliband's wildly popular Reasons to be Cheerful live event.