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The Northern Powerhouse in 2016

17 December 2015

The Northern Powerhouse is a phrase which is frequently used amongst northern business leaders and political parties. However a recent study found that nearly half of people in the North of England are unaware of the Northern Powerhouse. The Manchester Evening News reported the most unusual hotel requests in the city during 2015, one of which was ‘Where would I find the Northern Powerhouse?’. Yet the importance of the Northern Powerhouse on the Northern Economy, infrastructure and industry is unprecedented. Our recent Conference explored key themes around the Powerhouse. Read more…..

Introducing ONECPD Membership

8 December 2015


This month Salford Professional Development launched its new membership initiative, providing customers with an unrivalled membership service. ONECPD is designed to reward loyalty, share knowledge and create a professional network all in one place. Become a member today and receive 10% off your first online booking. Read more…..

Northern Powerhouse Conference: Speaker and Sponsor Insights

6 November 2015

Ahead of the Northern Powerhouse Conference our official PR partner for the event Frontier PR have met with some of the conference speakers and sponsors. The interviews show a glimpse of what the ‘Northern Powerhouse’ means to them, and what they plan to address at the conference. Tickets are limited, and are available on our Conference webpage.


Cyber Security: TalkTalk Cyber attack

27 October 2015

Cyber Security Breach at TalkTalk

Last week TalkTalk one of the UKs largest mobile phone and broadband providers, suffered a ‘substantial and severe’ cyber-attack to its website. It comes at a time when cyber security is becoming talked about increasingly, and is now seen as a critical factor for any business with an online presence. In this blog we look at what caused the Cyber-attack at TalkTalk , the company’s response, as well as what this could mean to the online security landscape.


8 Reasons Why You Should Attend the Northern Powerhouse Conference #NorthernPH

9 October 2015

Party conference season is well under way, so far the Liberal democrats and the Green Party have both taken the stage in Bournemouth. UKIP headed to Doncaster, and the Labour Party hosted in Brighton with their the new Leader addressing his party for the first time. This week is the turn of The Conservative Party, making Manchester their home for the week.

A wide variety of topics have been discussed during this weeks event. With EU membership, Immigration, maternity leave for grandparents, child benefit, Isis and Terror, Prisons, education, Right to buy, social housing, the deficit, and the topic which had social media in a frenzy was the introduction of a 5p tax on supermarket bags.


Deradicalisation Training: The number of suspected radicals doubles!

8 October 2015

In just 3 months; between June and August, 796 people were identified and reported to “Channel” , the government’s de-radicalisation scheme at an average rate of 8 people a day. According to figures released by the National Police Chiefs’ Council, more than a third of the total, 312, were aged under 18. The total figure is more than double the amount of suspected radicals who were reported to “Channel” in the first three months of 2014-15 and more than the total amount of referrals than for the whole of 2012-13 – the first year the scheme was in place.


Northern Powerhouse Summit Line Up Revealed

23 September 2015

Northern Powerhouse On The Agenda 

A major conference on what the future holds for Greater Manchester under the Northern Powerhouse is to be staged in Salford this November.

Speakers at the summit will address the impact on government, transport, arts, science and business.

The conference will take place on Tuesday, November 10.


The Chancellor’s Budget: The Winners and Losers

9 July 2015

On Wednesday 8th July, the Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne took to the houses of parliament to announce his annual summer budget; the first solely conservative budget in nearly two decades and the first budget since the conservatives won the General Election. It’s no surprise then that business leaders, financial directors and the public around the UK were watching very closely!

In the current state of the economy, the budget obviously revolved around reducing the deficit and getting Britain’s finances back in the black. We’ve explored some key points to determine the winners and losers of yesterday’s chancellor’s budget.

The Four Winners

Businesses – The chancellor announced that the current corporation tax rate of 20% will be cut to 18% by 2020. This is so companies are able to grow and invest into their future, not to mention help create more jobs, get people off state welfare and back into work. The cuts will be funded by big businesses making profits of over £20 Million pounds, with the government insisting they pay corporation tax months in advance before smaller ones.


A Round Up of the Digital Health Summit and Exhibition 2015

9 July 2015

This week saw the first annual Digital Health Summit and Exhibition held at the University of Salford. It was a fantastic day which saw delegates travel from far and wide to attend the conference that provided the latest developments in digital health. We also welcomed many distinguished speakers to the event and with their vast wealth of knowledge, they were able to provide invaluable and interesting learning outcomes to our delegates.

For those who weren’t at the conference, the Digital Health Summit aimed to explore how technology is revolutionising healthcare and how it will benefit patient care in the future. The event also focused on boosting efficiency, improving care and collaborations in hospitals in order to keep the NHS at the forefront of healthcare and the envy other nations.


SPD Featured in the Manchester Evening News

3 July 2015

ONECPD_LogoIt’s been a fantastic year for Salford Professional Development. Last month, we organised 11 conferences and training courses which attracted over 1000 delegates from nationwide and overseas. With figures like that, it’s no wonder we’re heading in the right direction to hit revenues of £2.6M for the year up to July 2015; a £400,000 increase on revenues from the same period last year.

For those who don’t know who we are, Salford Professional Development (SPD) is a wholly owned subsidiary of the University of Salford.  We aim to provide CPD training and conferences to a wide range of people in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors, covering topics such as business development, health & social care, education and digital.