Sheffield City Region and ‘Brexit’ roundtable discussion -SPERI launches new EU referendum event series

On Thursday 9th June, with two weeks to go before the EU referendum, SPERI held the first of three Events|News to examine the potential impact of ‘Brexit’ on Northern regional economies. The event was part of SPERI’s new programme which is exploring the relationship between the UK’s regions and the EU. Read our new research briefs which highlight the ‘Brexit’ risks for the UK’s poorest regions.

The roundtable discussion, which explored the theme of Sheffield City Region and Brexit: prospects for industry, growth and local economic resilience‘, was opened by Linda McAvan (MEP for Yorkshire and Humber) and Richard Wright (Executive Director of the Sheffield Chamber of Commerce and Industry).

Linda and Richard reflected on the challenges facing the Sheffield City Region economy; the role that EU funding has played in regional economic development and highlighted the potential risks and opportunities that leaving the EU could create. We were also joined by Danni Hewson (Business and Money correspondent for BBC Look North) who chaired the roundtable. Attendees included representatives from leading local and regional manufacturing, engineering and accountancy firms; the Yorkshire and Humber TUC; politicians and officers from Sheffield City Council and Sheffield City Region Local Enterprise Partnership, and Politics, Geography, Law, Economics and Management academics from the University of Sheffield.


On Wednesday 15th June SPERI will hold two Events|News in Manchester to further explore the regional impact of a possible Brexit. A second roundtable discussion event will be held between 1.30-3.00pm at the University of Manchester and will consider ‘Greater Manchester and Brexit’. The three keynote speakers leading the discussion will be Colin Talbot (Professor of Government, University of Manchester), Thomas Aubrey (Director of the Centre for Progressive Capitalism) and Christian Spence (Head of Research and Policy, Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce)Places can be booked at

The second event will see a high-profile panel of politicians and experts join SPERI for a large public debate at the People’s History Museum in central Manchester to discuss the impact of ‘Brexit’ on the North of England. The panel will include: Lisa Nandy MP (MP for Wigan and Shadow Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change); Will Hutton (Political economist, commentator and author); Graham Stringer MP (MP for Blackley and Broughton); Mike Emmerich (founding director of Metro Dynamics and a key figure in the Manchester devolution deal) and Katie Fanning (North West ‘Vote Leave’ campaign organiser & business analyst)

Places are free but are being booked up fast. You can register at