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KPMG to host special Prolific North summit revealing the true international influence of Northern businesses


A special Prolific North event to reveal the true international influence of Northern businesses is to be held at KPMG’s city centre office in Manchester.

Earlier this year, in association with Manchester Metropolitan University’s School of Digital Arts (SODA), Prolific North commissioned the Global Reach 2021 Report to explore the performance of the region’s tech, marketing, media and creative companies on a global stage.

The findings within the report will now be revealed at a dedicated Global Reach Summit, hosted in Manchester at KPMG’s Northern headquarters in Manchester on Thursday November 11th.

The event – which has also been supported by GC Business Growth Hub and UKAEG – will feature guest speakers and a selection of roundtable discussions dedicated to the report’s key themes.

The exclusive research – which comes eight years after Prolific North’s Global Reach pilot – has identified more than 500 Northern-based companies who now have a global footprint.

That compares to around 250 companies identified in the last report in 2013.

A webinar highlighting the report’s preliminary findings – and sponsored by Beever and Struthers – was held in May and featured the likes of Katy Leeson, MD of Social Chain, and Nickii Gray, Chief Executive Partner of Intermarketing (now IMA).

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KPMG’s Manchester office at One St Peter’s Square

Global Reach Summit 2021

Attendees at the Summit on November 11th will exclusively receive a copy of the complete Global Reach report. 

There will also be two keynote speakers, to be announced, and an excellent opportunity to network with senior individuals within the sector.

Four roundtable discussions at the event will be dedicated to the report’s key themes, and will focus on the following areas:

  • Common issues associated with international expansion – navigating time zones, language barriers and cultural diversity
  • How the North is responding to the tech explosion – is the skills shortage a reality, and what can be done about it
  • Northern hotspots – which areas are doing particularly well on a global scale, and what are they doing well
  • Why don’t more international companies have a Northern headquarters

The event will give attendees the opportunity to learn, listen and engage with peers about the place of the North within a global setting, and the current opportunities for companies looking to expand their international footprint. 

Register your interest to attend the Global Reach Summit 2021

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