One Day. Three Events.

23rd September 2021
Manchester Central

Our PROGRESS21 Partners

A landmark in-person event for Greater Manchester 

Igniting career prospects, business opportunities and global ambition. 

As we complete the Government's Covid Roadmap, now is the time for us to support each other and look to the future.  On the 23rd September, The Growth Company presents PROGRESS21 – one of the first post Roadmap large-scale in-person events of the year. 

The event is supported by a significant public, private and third sector partnership encompassing the GM Mayor, GM LEP, business representative organisations (CBI, FSB, ICAEW, GM ChamberIOD, NWBLT and pro-manchester), DIT, BEIS and DWP along with local partners such as Citizens Advice and numerous individual companies. 

PROGRESS21 will take over Manchester Central, offering a wide-ranging programme of support to the residents and businesses across Greater Manchester: 

  • PROGRESS21 Careers:  a jobs fair 'plus', thousands of available jobs, training opportunities and a wide range of advice and support to propel your career. 
  • PROGRESS21 Business:  offering on-day specialist insight and practical support for your business’s recovery and future growth. 
  • PROGRESS21 Global:  bringing Greater Manchester together to promote our city region on the global stage to attract investors and visitors. 

PROGRESS21 COVID-19 Policy Statement

Safety measures will be implemented throughout the attendee's journey and will focus on reducing the risk of transmission.

PROGRESS21 Careers
10am - 4.00pm

PROGRESS21 Careers: more than 'just' a jobs fair. Whether you’re out of work, furloughed, looking for a career change or working towards securing your next promotion, this event will support you in your journey. A wide range of advice, guidance and on-the-day practical help via specialist organisations will be available, as well as the opportunity to meet employers with thousands of current vacancies.

PROGRESS21 Business
10am - 4.30pm

PROGRESS21 Business: a series of presentations, seminars and workshops centred on critical business issues including: increasing sales; dealing with finance challenges and raising growth capital; developing your high performing and inclusive workforce; achieving digital transformation; and understanding Net Zero.
In addition, there are sessions on the future of the GM economy with GM Mayor and LEP Chair, a panel of economists and the contribution and opportunities for Social Enterprises.

Key Partners include FSB, CIPD, CBI, GM Chamber, IOD, ICAEW, NWBLT and pro-manchester.

PROGRESS21 Global
9.30AM - 4.30pm

PROGRESS 21: Global will bring together our business and leadership community, to unite behind global campaigns supporting recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, and Realising Greater Manchester’s Global Ambitions. The event will discuss plans to progress sustainable and inclusive economic recovery, attracting business and capital investment, as well as reigniting the visitor economy.  It will feature GM Mayor, Andy Burnham, GM LEP Chair, Lou Cordwell, and Minister for Exports Graham Stuart. 

The Global theme will also be explored through a morning session reviewing the ‘Future of Work: The Changing World of Work post-pandemic and its lasting legacy’ with keynote contributions from the new Economics Foundation, CIPD, RSA Future Work Centre and TalkTalk, facilitated by Professor Greg Clark CBE FAcSS, Chair of Connected Places Catapult, Global Head of Future Cities & New Industries at HSBC Group, Global Fellow at the Brookings Institution, and Founder of the Business of Cities.