Wednesday 23 November 2016
Creating Economic Growth In A New World 
08:15

Registration

09:00 - 09:30

Launch of the OECD Report 'Job Creation And Local Economic Development'

The OECD's Job Creation and Local Economic Development 2016 examines how national and local actors can better work together to support economic development and job creation at the local level. It sheds light on a continuum of issues – from how skills policy can better meet the needs of local communities to how local actors can better engage employers in apprenticeships and improve the implementation of SME and entrepreneurship policies. It includes international comparisons that allow local areas to take stock of how they are performing in the marketplace for skills and jobs. It also includes a set of country profiles, including for the United Kingdom featuring, among other things, new data on skills supply and demand for local areas across the OECD and key partner countries.

10:00

Chair’s Opening Remarks

Dawn Hudd, Chair, Institute of Economic Development

10:10

Opening Address

Brexit, Regional Growth And How Economic Growth Can Help All Of Our Communities

Sir John Peace, Chairman, Burberry Group, Standard Chartered PLC and Midlands Engine

10:40

The Future Of Our Cities: What Are The Prospects For Growth, Sustainable Local Economic Development And Devolved Powers To City Regions?

  • The effect of the exit from the EU on the future of our cities and the devolution of powers to the regions

  • How to achieve the best result for your areas through a devolution deal

  • How is devolution going to work in the West Midlands? Opportunities and lessons learnt so far

  • New city region and sub-regional elected mayors: what can they offer in terms of economic development?

Councillor John Clancy, Leader, Birmingham City Council

11.20

Networking Break And Morning Refreshments

11:40

Tailor Your Day 

Select the stream/session that you would like to attend. Each session will include an extensive Q&A.

Choose from 1 or 2

STREAM A: GROWTH PRIORITIES

Chaired by Ciaran Gunne-Jones, Economics Director, Nathanial Lichfield and Partners

STREAM B: THE CORE ACTIVITIES OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

Chaired by Georgia Siora, Managing Director, Warwick Economics and Development (WECD)

11:40

STREAM A: GROWTH PRIORITIES 

1) The Future Of Devolution And The Role Of Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs)

  • What impact have LEPs had? What challenges do they face and how do they plan to overcome them?

  • What is the role of LEPs in devolution? How are LEPs working in the new landscape of combined authorities and metro mayors with devolved powers?

  • In light of Brexit, what will urban and regional policy look like in the future? What will be transition arrangements in place to deal with uncertainty, and what is the future of LEPs in this context?

Sir Nigel Knowles, Chairman, Sheffield Local Enterprise Partnership

Professor Henry G. Overman, Director, What Works Centre for Local Economic Growth


STREAM B: THE CORE ACTIVITIES OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

2) Working Towards Achieving Equality In Sustainable Growth

  • Tackling geographical inequalities in economic performance

  • Balancing the economy – How to steady the London effect, and enable other regions to secure sustainable growth

  • How have the North of England and Scotland recovered from the recession?

  • What does the focus on city regions mean for rural economic development in the UK?

  • Addressing the widening wealth gap - the impact of increased economic disparity between households and areas

Philip McCann, Professor of Economic Geography, University of Groningen

David Crichton-Miller, CEO, SQW Group

12:25

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Choose from session 3 or 4:

12:30

STREAM A: GROWTH PRIORITIES 

3) Planning For Investment And Growth

  • What is the role of the planning systen in supporting investment and growth in times of uncertainty?

  • What could encourage investment in order to deliver economic growth?
  • How to deal with the loss of employment land to housing and protect the best economic sites from residential developments

  • What would be the right mix of employment land and housing? How to create high quality locations and housing

Lucie Bailey, Associate Director, Nathaniel Lichfield and Partners

Peter Paddon, Planning & Infrastructure Consent Specialist, Department for International Trade


STREAM B: THE CORE ACTIVITIES OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

4)  Funding Local Authorities To Deliver Economic Growth: Challenges And Opportunities

  • How can local authorities be financially self-sufficient? How can economic development be delivered with those funds, while coping with the impact of cuts in government grants?

  • What are the implications and opportunities of the changes to business rates legislation? How are local authorities and businesses responding to it?

  • What other sources of finance should we pursue, other than business rates retention?

  • How will Brexit affect the resourcing of local authority?

Glenn Athey, Managing Director, Athey Consulting Limited

13:15

Networking Lunch

13:50 - 14:05

IED Annual General Meeting (for IED Members)

14:10

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Choose from session 5 or 6:

14:15

STREAM A: GROWTH PRIORITIES 

5) How Can Infrastructure Deliver The Economic Growth Agenda?

  • Maximising the potential of major infrastructure investments

  • How to ensure that related business growth and employment creation activities are included and driven in transport and infrastructure project

  • The value of infrastructure investment in unlocking development

  • What does Brexit mean for UK major infrastructure projects?

  • Place based, long-term sustainable business support that delivers economic impact

Stephanie Joslin, Director of Regeneration and Partnerships, Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation (OPDC)

Chris Allington, Managing Director, Oxford Innovation


STREAM B: THE CORE ACTIVITIES OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

6) Improving Skills To Boost Economic Growth:  How To Deliver It

  • Adult skills funding: where is the skills system going? How to improve skills to meet the needs of local employers

  • Employment and skills board: what are devolved models of skills and funding? What are we going to do about it to deliver?

  • How does higher education fit with the skills agenda? What opportunities do universities offer to help councils boost growth?

  • What are working models of delivery? What are relevant powers for the education system?

Jonathan Barr, Policy Analyst, OECD

Madeleine Atkins, Chief Executive, Higher Education Funding Council for England (Hefce)

Dr Stephen Rosevear, Director, Regeneris Consulting

15:05

Keynote Address

A Changing Economic Approach: Risks And Opportunities Following Brexit

Sir Vince Cable, Former Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills

15:40

Networking Break And Afternoon Refreshments

16:00

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Choose from session 7 or 8:

STREAM A: GROWTH PRIORITIES 

7) Balancing Housing And Economic Growth: Getting It Right For The Development Of Our Local Economies

  • How to overcome housing barriers to growth aspirations: what is the effect of the housing crisis on economic development?

  • With local planning authorities required to produce a local plan by early 2017, what are the benefits of local plans to local economies?

  • Local Plans take too long to come forward, uncertainty on future development ensues, what changes are needed to plan-making?

  • Do we have the capacity to deliver the growth required to support local and national economies?

  • How do we envisage economic activities and the labour force to change in the future?

  • Do we have enough affordable homes for the workforce we need? How can we plan to accommodate growth while delivering enough affordable homes?

  • How can we improve links between employment and property?

Steve Evison, Deputy Director – Development Planning and Performance, Department for Communities and Local Government 

Nick Pollock, Head of Planning,   Duchy of Cornwall 


STREAM B: THE CORE ACTIVITIES OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

8) Tackling The UK’s Productivity Gap

  • What does ‘productivity’ mean? What can we do to improve it? 

  • What are the necessary skills set, behaviours and attitudes of the employers and workforce needed to close the gap?

  • How can economic development officers and consultants boost UK productivity?

  • Improving regional growth through improved regional data

Steve Carr, Deputy Director, West End Partnership (Westminster City Council)

Duncan Brown, Senior Consultant, Emsi

Jonathan Barr, Policy Analyst, OECD 

16:45

PANEL DISCUSSION

What Does Brexit Mean For Businesses, Inward Investments And Regeneration?

Vicky Pryce, Economist and Board Member, CEBR

Anna Leach, Head of Economic Analysis, Confederation of British Industry (CBI)

Sean Donovan-Smith, Partner, K&L Gates LLP

17:20

Closing Keynote Address

Jules Pipe, Deputy Mayor for Planning, Regeneration & Skills, Greater London Authority

17:35

Chair's Closing Remarks