Meet the Media!

Date & Time:
20 Nov 2020 @ 12:00pm - 1:00pm

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COVID-19 has touched every part of our economy, challenging business models and redefining markets. In this webinar we are going to hear from three leading North West business journalists about their own experience of reporting on the economic impact of the pandemic in our region. Who are the winners, the losers, and what stories does Liverpool City Region now need tell to support its own recovery?

Liverpool has been at the epicentre of the pandemic in the UK, the first city to face Tier 3 restrictions. How has the pandemic affected the Liverpool brand and its reputation as a place to invest and do business? What messages does the city region need to press home with Government, Whitehall and the wider UK business community to support recovery?

Is there a danger – as recently suggested by the Bank of England’s chief economist Andy Haldane – that good news on the economy is being crowded-out by fears about the future and that we, as a society, must be wary of “catastrophizing”.


Chris Hulme, Director, Influential


  • Andy Bounds, Northern Editor, The FT
  • Alex Turner, Joint Managing Director, The Business
  • Jennie Lewis, Founder, Liverpool Business News

Andy Bounds

Andy Bounds is the North of England correspondent and Enterprise Editor at the Financial Times. He has spent over 22 years at the FT in London, Latin America, Brussels and now covers the North of England. A critical friend of the North and Northern Powerhouse, Andy has been immersed in covering the impact of the pandemic but is also interested in devolution, start-ups and the left behind.

Alex Turner

Alex is joint managing director at The Business and has oversight of all its coverage in the North West, Yorkshire and Midlands. He started his career running the media department of St Helens Rugby League Club before moving into journalism, where he specialised in business, enjoying spells at the Liverpool Daily Post and Liverpool Echo newspapers.

Jennie Lewis

Jennie is the founding director of LBN (Liverpool Business News), an independent business news site, and owner director at YBpr. She is one of Liverpool's most experienced and accomplished PR professionals having worked for more than a decade both in-house and externally for a number of companies across a range of sectors.

Liverpool Business News is now in it’s third year of operating and is currently the only dedicated business news platform in the Liverpool City Region. The site now attracts an average of 20-30K visits per month and the team produce twice weekly digital news bulletins.