The second UK Northern Powerhouse International Conference and Exhibition will be held in Manchester this week.

Taking place over February 21 and 22, an Advisory Board will also be chaired by Lord Kerslake at Manchester Central Convention Complex.

According to organisers, the conference has also become an “aggregator” for the work being done on the Northern Powerhouse by many other bodies.

It will provide a platform for businesses to access the Northern Powerhouse Partnership, led by George Osborne MP.

The event offers attendees the chance to understand the scale and extent of the opportunities in the Northern Powerhouse; listen and learn from public and private sector leaders; and gain valuable insights into the vision and ambitions of many “Blue Chip” businesses.

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BusinessCloud’s next event will take place on March 7, and will look at the use of technology in manufacturing.

The UK’s manufacturers have been tasked with becoming the engine room of the country’s post-Brexit economy.

A weak pound, rising energy prices, increases in the cost of raw materials and general political uncertainty have led to businesses looking towards technology as the catalyst for increased productivity and efficiency gains.

When the Bank of England Governor Mark Carney predicted that 15 million British jobs could be replaced by robots, the world took notice - but manufacturers have been leading the way in automation for years.

The breakfast event is sponsored by DLA Piper and Jumpstart and runs from 7.30 to 9.30am. Join the discussion on Twitter at #manufacturingtech.

This week

Monday 20 February: Play Your Business Cards Right, Leeds more info

Tuesday 21 February: Northern Powerhouse, Manchester more info

Wednesday 22 February: EEF National Manufacturing Conference and Dinner 2017,  QEII Centre, London more info

Wednesday 22 February: Percipient/Squirro/UKFast    

Wednesday 22 February: Action for Business Manchester more info

Thursday 23 February: Augmented and Virtual Reality Conference, Manchester Metropolitan University Business School more info

Friday 24 February: #Airhack ODI, Leeds more info

Next week

Tuesday 28 February: GP Bullhound MWC Reception, Barcelona  more info

Wednesday 1 March: CitySession: Tech North Digital Showcase 2017, Manchester more info

Wednesday 1 March: HealthTech North, Leeds more info

Wednesday 1 March: Action for Business Stockport more info

Wednesday 1 March: The Innovation Network, Leeds more info

Thursday 2 March: Founders' Network: The Summit, Sheffield more info

Friday 3 March: Women In Business Awards, Liverpool more info

Two weeks

Wednesday 8 March: International Women's Day: Women in Tech, Liverpool more info

Three weeks

Wednesday 22 March: Pro-Manchester Business Conference 2017, Hilton Hotel Manchester, Deansgate more info

Friday 24 March: Property and Construction Networking Lunch Hotel Football more info