Huddersfield Unlimited, the business-led organisation that stands for the town of Huddersfield, is hosting its second mini-conference ‘Why Huddersfield? Why Now?’

The event at the John Smith’s Stadium will bring together speakers from the University of Huddersfield, Network Rail and Kirklees Council, among others, to discuss the future of Huddersfield.

The mini-conference, on Wednesday October 25, will include an exclusive update on the £1 billion of investment currently underway in the town. Read more about the £1 billion projects HERE

The event aims to enable Huddersfield Unlimited’s key stakeholders to share collective ambitions for the town, with a focus on exploring what can be achieved over the next five to 10 years and beyond.

Huddersfield Unlimited plans to look at how Huddersfield can make the most of its logistical and socio-economic strengths, such as being at the centre of the North’s East-West transport routes, especially with the surge of public sector investment.

Speakers and panellists include:  

  • Prof Bob Cryan, vice chancellor, University of Huddersfield; 
  • Paul Sumner, senior sponsor, TransPennine Route Upgrade, Network Rail; 
  • Paul Cleminson, pre-construction director – Northern, BAM Construction Ltd; 
  • Clr Graham Turner, Cabinet member for regeneration, Kirklees Council; 
  • Claire Paxman, brand ambassador and director of global training, Paxman Coolers;
  • James Clarkson, CEO at Adventoris; 
  • Alastair Morris, managing director, ACCU; 
  • Andrew Heath, assistant director business development UK and Ireland, Radisson Hotels.

The event will also see a number of business leaders discussing topics such as Kirklees Council’s Blueprint and Station to Stadium Enterprise Corridor projects, the TransPennine Route Upgrade and the University of Huddersfield’s multi-million-pound investment in a world-class National Health Innovation Campus.

The audience will be invited to discuss how all organisations can work together to capitalise on those once-in-a-generation investments and make Huddersfield the place to be.

Chairman of Huddersfield Unlimited, Sir John Harman, said: “Huddersfield is a fantastic town with incredible potential. The £1 billion that is being invested in the town has already begun and we are starting to see the fruits from these labours.

“For example, the works on the National Health Innovation Campus are well underway to deliver this first of its kind dedicated education centre.

“This centre will create wonderful opportunities for those in Huddersfield and put the town on the map as the place to invest, the place to live and the place to do business in the UK.”

Tickets for the event are free and can be obtained via the Eventbrite link:

For more information on how Huddersfield Unlimited is supporting business and investment in the town visit: