Overview

17 Nov, 20209:40 am-3:30 pm
Online Conference

The Local Economic Recovery & Growth Conference will provide leading policy and funding updates from MHCLG and UKRI directed towards driving local economic growth & recovery in the aftermath of COVID-19.

The Local Economic Recovery & Growth Conference will provide leading policy and funding updates from MHCLG and UKRI directed towards driving local economic growth & recovery in the aftermath of COVID-19. Attendees will be given the opportunity to learn how to drive economic growth across their local area by working in partnership across councils, universities, LEPs and businesses. Additionally, participants will hear from leading case studies and panel discussions on embedding inclusive growth principles in a recovery strategy, partnering with the private sector to create jobs and the future of UK High Streets.

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Policy Background

According to the Office for National Statistics, the UK’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) fell by 2.2% in the 1st Quarter of 2020, the largest fall in UK GDP since 1979. The decrease in UK GDP has been a direct result of the on-going Covid-19 pandemic, which has dramatically impacted cash-strapped local authorities, businesses, higher education institutions and halted economic growth across the UK.

In response to the Covid-19 crisis, the government launched a range of funding packages to support businesses through the pandemic, as well as help kick start the economic recovery process. In May 2020, The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) established The Reopening High Streets Safely Fund, supplying £50 million to support the recovery of high streets and introduced a range of safety measures in a move to get people shopping again. This was followed by a further £6.1m fund for Business Improvement Districts (BIDs).

Furthermore, in July 2020, Prime Minister Boris Johnson unveiled his ‘New Deal’, which plans to invest £5billion in infrastructure projects to help boost economic recovery, encourage growth, and create jobs across the UK. This was backed up by MHCLG establishing a comprehensive new £500m funding package for councils to help address Covid-19 pressures and cover lost income during the pandemic, which was a part of the £27billion package to support councils, businesses and residents across the UK. Finally, UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) announced £186 million worth of investment for seven research and development projects for HEI’s that would boost economic growth in their local areas, as part of the Strength in Places Fund in June 2020. The investment was expanded to seventeen projects in August 2020.

For local economies to fully recover it is vital that Local Authorities, Universities, Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs), BIDs, Combined Authorities and private sector businesses all work together to support the recovery process. Failure to establish clear strategic recovery plans, invest in sustainable procurement, embed inclusive growth principles and support local SME’s could see mass unemployment, a generation of local high-street businesses disappear and a period of economic turmoil of which the UK may struggle with for years to come.

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What to expect from an IG Online Conference

  • Match making networking and live delegate meet ups
  • Replay functions so you never miss a session
  • Live chat, questioning and polling tools
  • Real time resources and presentations
  • Topic based discussion groups
  • Next generation conference engagement platform

Key Speakers

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Stephen Jones
Director - Cities & Local Growth Unit
Ministry of Housing Communities and Local Government (MHCLG)
David Sweeney photo
David Sweeney
Director - Strength in Places Programme
UK Research and Innovation (UKRI)
Simon Quin photo
Simon Quin
Executive Director
The High Streets Task Force

Other Speakers

Professor Justin Lewis photo
Professor Justin Lewis
Professor of Communication and Creative Industries
Cardiff University
Darryl Eyers photo
Darryl Eyers
Director for Economy, Infrastructure and Skills
Staffordshire County Council
Sonali Parekh photo
Sonali Parekh
Policy Director
The Federation of Small Businesses
Cllr Lezley Marion Cameron photo
Cllr Lezley Marion Cameron
Small Business Champion
City of Edinburgh Council
Paul Whittingham photo
Paul Whittingham
Assistant Director Economic Development & Regeneration
Bolton Council
Vicky Hlomuka photo
Vicky Hlomuka
Growth Hub Manager
South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership

Agenda

9:30 am
Login and accessing the Outline Platform

Throughout the Conference you will be able to make use of:

  • Match making networking and live delegate meet ups
  • Replay functions so you never miss a session
  • Live chat, questioning and polling tools
  • Real time resources and presentations
  • A next generation conference engagement platform
9:50 am
Chair's Welcome Address
Nigel Wilcock
Nigel Wilcock
Executive Director
Institute of Economic Development
Confirmed
10:00 am
Interactive Virtual Session: Setting the Scene and Having Your Voice Heard

The day will begin with a 10 minute interactive session, led by the Chair, in which delegates will be able to outline the key challenges they are facing in their roles and inform the Chair of the key issues they would like discussed throughout the day.

This will help to inform debate and direct the conversation throughout the day so that attendees are confident that their most pressing concerns and desired learning objectives will be covered.

Nigel Wilcock
Nigel Wilcock
Executive Director
Institute of Economic Development
Confirmed
10:10 am
Morning Keynote: Examining the Future Landscape of Local Economic Growth and Recovery Post Covid-19
  • Outlining how MHCLG are supporting local businesses to recover from the impact of Covid-19 through the £20m England European Regional Development Fund distributed through Growth Hubs
  • Providing an update on key funding programmes including the UK Shared Prosperity Fund & Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund, designed to reduce inequalities and drive growth through innovation partnerships
  • Highlighting the success of Single Local Growth Fund and Local Growth Deals, including the next steps to support LEPs and councils to stimulate private investment and job creation
  • Analysing the support offered to local councils to help boost local high streets and town centres economies in the aftermath of Covid-19, such as the £50m Reopening High Streets Safely Fund and £6.1m funding for Business Improvement Districts (BIDs)
Stephen Jones
Stephen Jones
Director - Cities & Local Growth Unit
Ministry of Housing Communities and Local Government (MHCLG)
Confirmed
10:30 am
Question and Answers Session

Use our Conference platform to pose your live questions to speakers, share your ideas with fellow delegates via our chat function.

10:40 am
Morning Break and Networking

Connect with attendees to discuss key themes with your peers, or use this time to take a screen break.

10:50 am
Interactive Panel Discussion: Effectively Supporting SME’s to Boost Local and Regional Growth in Light of Covid-19

This panel discussion will analyse how the panellists and their organisations have effectively partnered with, engaged, and supported local SME’s to stimulate local growth. Panellist’s will also outline the key lessons they have learnt throughout the Covid-19 pandemic and provide guidance on how delegates can foster their own successful partnerships and programmes to support local businesses and growth.

This panel will include representatives from a Higher Education Institute, Local Growth Hub, and Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs). Delegates will have an opportunity throughout the 40-minute panel discussion to ask questions via the interactive chat function.

Sonali Parekh
Sonali Parekh
Policy Director
The Federation of Small Businesses
Confirmed
Professor Jane Turner OBE
Professor Jane Turner OBE
Pro Vice-Chancellor for Enterprise and Business Engagement
Teesside University
Confirmed
Vicky Hlomuka
Vicky Hlomuka
Growth Hub Manager
South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership
Confirmed
Cllr Lezley Marion Cameron
Cllr Lezley Marion Cameron
Small Business Champion
City of Edinburgh Council
Confirmed
11:30 am
Break and Networking

Connect with attendees to discuss key themes with your peers, or use this time to take a screen break.

11:50 am
Case Study: Establishing a Robust Five-Year Covid-19 Economic Recovery & Renewal Strategy
  • Outlining the process and priorities considered during the creation of ‘Staffordshire Means Business’, the council’s five-year economic recovery and renewal plan designed in response to the Covid-19 pandemic
  • Examining the key areas the council will be targeting, such as business environment, people, infrastructure, place and ideas, as well as how these areas will be either renewed, transformed or recovered as part of the strategy
  • Highlighting the support schemes on offer to local business and residents as a method to aid local recovery, such as emergency business grants, start-up schemes, delayed rent payment programmes and a local redundancy & recruitment triage service
  • Analysing the role partnership working will play in supporting local and regional recovery, including working with district and borough councils, enterprise partnerships, the Midlands Engine and Midlands Connect
Darryl Eyers
Darryl Eyers
Director for Economy, Infrastructure and Skills
Staffordshire County Council
Confirmed
12:10 pm
Questions and Answers Session

Use our Conference platform to pose your live questions to speakers, share your ideas with fellow delegates via our chat function.

12:20 pm
Case Study: Embedding Inclusive Growth Principles and Decision Making Across a Combined Authority
  • Examining the creation of West Midlands Combined Authority’s Inclusive Growth Unit and how the unit ensures inclusive growth features in the combined authority’s long-term decision-making process
  • Outlining the Inclusive Growth Units decision-making tool kit, which accesses projects on their contribution to inclusive growth
  • Explaining the four key criteria areas which projects must meet, including fitting with strategic priorities, contributing to inclusive growth priorities, understanding who will benefit and promoting good work practices
  • Highlighting the positive impact the Inclusive Growth Unit and tool-kit has had on the combined authority and supporting growth across the region
Claire Spencer
Claire Spencer
Senior Policy Adviser - Public Services & Inclusive Growth
West Midlands Combined Authority
Confirmed
12:40 pm
Question and Answers Session

Use our Conference platform to pose your live questions to speakers, share your ideas with fellow delegates via our chat function.

12:50 pm
Break and Networking

Connect with attendees to discuss key themes with your peers, or use this time to take a screen break.

1:20 pm
Case Study: Driving Local Growth and Economic Recovery Through a University Led Research and Development Project

Professor Justin Lewis will outline how Cardiff University established their  Creative Capital (Cardiff) project.

The project look to support and grow the local creative economy through digital innovation in  response to Covid-19. This includes partnering with UK broadcasters, small local businesses to develop new products and services in Wales.

This session will also cover how the project successfully achieved seeding funding from the UKRI’s Strength in Places Fund and how it looks to help support the local economy in the aftermath of Covid-19.

Professor Justin Lewis
Professor Justin Lewis
Professor of Communication and Creative Industries
Cardiff University
Confirmed
1:40 pm
Special Keynote: Emphasising the Importance of Place-Based Growth Through Research and Innovation

During this session, David Sweeney, UKRI’s Strength in Places Programme Director and Executive Chair of Research England, will provide an update on the Strength in Places Fund, which recently accounted the awards for Wave 2 seedcorn funding for 17 projects across the UK.

This session will also provide an update on Research England’s Higher Education Innovation Fund, and the impact it has had on supporting local growth. As well as examining the next step for UKRI in closing the gap between regions with the lowest economic growth and the highest economic growth.

David Sweeney
David Sweeney
Director - Strength in Places Programme
UK Research and Innovation (UKRI)
Confirmed
2:00 pm
Question and Answers Session

Use our Conference platform to pose your live questions to speakers, share your ideas with fellow delegates via our chat function.

2:20 pm
Break and Networking

Connect with attendees to discuss key themes with your peers, or use this time to take a screen break.

2:30 pm
Case Study: Partnering with the Private Sector to Invest in Regeneration and Job Creation
  • Examining how Sunderland City Council worked in partnership with Legal & General to secure £60million worth of investment and created 1,600 new jobs by establishing a new manufacturing hub
  • Highlighting the collaboration process between the local council, LEP and other local partners in securing the investment, including how the partnership will work going forward
  • Sharing guidance and the key lessons learnt when collaborating with the private sector, including embedding local needs at the heart of any investment and partnership
  • Analysing the potential impact the new hub will have on local growth and job creation across the region and working towards this in spite of Covid-19
Peter McIntyre
Peter McIntyre
Executive Director of City Development
Sunderland City Council
Invited
2:50 pm
Question and Answers Sessions

Use our Conference platform to pose your live questions to speakers, share your ideas with fellow delegates via our chat function.

3:00 pm
Panel Discussion: What Next for the Future of High Streets & Visitor Economies?

This panel discussion will analyse the future of local high street and visitor economies across the UK in the aftermath of Covid-19.

Panellist’s will outline the work they and their organisations have undertaken to support high street SME’s, boost regeneration and encourage people to shop and holiday locally. As well as highlighting the key lessons they have learnt during the pandemic and their plans going forward.

This panel will include representatives from the government’s High Street Task Force, regional authority, and local council. Delegates will have an opportunity throughout the 30-minute panel discussion to ask questions via the virtual chat function.

Simon Quin
Simon Quin
Executive Director
The High Streets Task Force
Confirmed
Patrick Dubeck
Patrick Dubeck
Interim Head of Regeneration
Greater London Authority
Invited
Paul Whittingham
Paul Whittingham
Assistant Director Economic Development & Regeneration
Bolton Council
Confirmed
3:30 pm
Chair's Closing Remarks

*Programme Subject to Change

Nigel Wilcock
Nigel Wilcock
Executive Director
Institute of Economic Development
Confirmed

Audience

This Conference is specifically designed for Local and Combined Authorities, LEPs, BIDs and the Higher Education Sector. Typical job titles will include:

  • Heads of Economic Growth
  • Directors of City Development
  • Economic Development Managers
  • Business Engagement Managers
  • Directors of Resources
  • Heads of Industrial Strategy
  • Local Economy Managers
  • Finance Officers
  • Pro Vice-Chancellors
  • Regeneration Managers
  • Transformation Managers
  • Business Development Managers
  • Heads of Knowledge Exchange
  • Directors of Employer Partnerships

Pricing

  • Public Sector (Online Price)
    £295
  • Voluntary Sector (Online Price)
    £245
  • Private Sector (Online Price)
    £395