The Institute of Economic Development , together with Planning Magazine and Placemaking Resource are delighted to announce that The IED Annual Conference is back!

This year the event will be taking place on 23 November at The Queen Elizabeth II Centre in London. 

What's in store?

  • Get the latest insights from policy makers, economic development experts and thought leaders on greater devolution of powers to city regions, and explore the extent to which devolution deals can offer opportunities for sustainable economic growth 
  • Discuss and debate the implications of Brexit and its significance for local economic development with political and business leaders from across the nation
  • Hear strategic growth ideas balanced with practical examples of innovative approaches to economic development and delivering the growth agenda NOW
  • Meet over 200 economic development and regeneration professionals from across the UK under one roof! 

A Snapshot Of The Leading Line-Up

Councillor John Clancy


Birmingham City Council

Sir Nigel Knowles


Sheffield Local Enterprise Partnership

Dawn Hudd


Institute of Economic Development

Philip McCann

Professor of Economic Geography

University of Groningen

Steve Evison

Deputy Director – Development Planning and Performance

Department for Communities and Local Government

Vicky Pryce

Chief Economic Adviser


Professor Henry G. Overman


What Works Centre for Local Economic Growth



Earn up to 7 CPD points

Last year's attendees said: 

"Excellent range of speakers with very strong content. Unmissable." - Programme Manager, Hertfordshire LEP

"An excellent, interesting event and a good opportunity to network with peer group / colleagues" - Director, Moore Strategic Consulting Ltd 

"The most important economic development conference in my calendar each year" -   Director, Hardisty Jones Associates

"An absolute “must attend” for ED professionals" - EDO, Canterbury City Council

"Every aspect of this conference was directly relevant to my day job" - Head of Enterprise and Investment, Blackpool, Fylde & Wyre Economic Development Company

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