The IED North Conference - 
Now has to be the time for the Public and Private sectors, working together, to make a real difference to the Northern economy

Draft Agenda, Subject To Change


Registration and Networking


Chair’s Opening Remarks

Bev Hurley, Chair, Institute of Economic Development


Opening Keynote Address - What Does The Industrial Strategy Mean For Local Economic Development?

Speaker to be announced soon. Stay tuned!


Opening Panel - What Will Be The Future Of Economic Development And Regeneration In A Mayoral And Combined Authority Era?

  • How can we work together to bring forward growth through a meaningful cooperation? How can cities work together under a new framework? What are the benefits and challenges?

  • What progress has been done so far? What can we learn from Greater Manchester? Why do certain models work for some places, and not others? What differentiates places?

  • How essential is a devolution deal for economic development in your area?

  • How can the North benefit from the mayoral model? What are the opportunities and challenges, and how can places do differently?

  • How having a Mayor changes the dynamic and delivers devolution? How will budget be spent in this new context? What will be the role of Local Enterprise Partnerships under greater devolution?

Tom Walker, Director, Cities and Local Growth Unit, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy & Department for Communities and Local Government

Naomi Clayton, Policy and Research Manager, Centre for Cities


Networking Break and Morning Refreshments


Tailor your day:
Select the stream / workshop that you would like to attend below, choose from:

Stream A: Meeting the Growth Priorities
Chaired by Colin Robinson, Planning Director, Lichfields


Stream B: Driving Inclusive Growth and Improving Productivity
Chaired by Georgia Siora, Managing Director, Warwick Economics and Development (WECD) 

Each session will include an extensive Q&A

Stream A: Meeting the Growth Priorities

1)  TRADE AND INWARD INVESTMENT: How To Compete In A New World

  • How to attract business investment to your area

  • How can we foster growth amongst existing businesses?

  • How are LEPs and businesses trying to support the industrial strategy?

Brendan Edwards, Senior Economics Consultant, Lichfields

Stream B: Driving Inclusive Growth and Improving Productivity

2) SKILLS & EMPLOYMENT: How To Meet The Workforce Needed In Growth Sectors

  • How to retain the workforce fit for purpose for the Northern economy

  • Upskilling and supporting the workforce. How can the population be equipped with the skills needed to secure the jobs of tomorrow?

  • How can local areas address the skill gap? What are cities and city-regions doing to face the issue today?

  • How can employment levels in the existing population be driven up? How to improve employability through colleges and skills partnerships

  • How can the continuity of employment be ensured around major transport projects?


Choose your next focused session:

Stream A: Meeting the Growth Priorities

3) HOUSING POLICY: How To Navigate The Planning System In Order To Deliver The Homes We Need In The Northern Powerhouse

  • The Housing White Paper and the Industrial Strategy: what are the benefits that can be generated from the planning process? Where are houses going to be built?

  • How to deliver the stock, as well as the right type of housing, needed in the North in order to generate employment and stimulate long-term economic growth

  • Clarity on what is proposed in the Homes and Communities Agency’s housing framework

Danielle Gillespie, Director - North West, Homes and Communities Agency

Richard Cook, Associate - Economics, Pegasus Group

Stream B: Driving Inclusive Growth and Improving Productivity

4) FUNDING POST-BREXIT: How To Source The Public And Private Funding Needed To Unlock Economic Growth

  • The impact of the end of European funding: what will replace structural funds? Will it be replaced by government, and how best to cope with it if not?

  • The impact of the end of European funding: what will replace structural funds? Will it be replaced by government, and how best to cope with it if not?

  • Update on the UK economic development funds

  • Supporting investment in particular sectors: what are different models of funding?

  • What will be the future of infrastructure funding?


Networking Lunch


Choose your next focused session from the following streams:

Stream A: Meeting the Growth Priorities

5) TRANSPORT INFRASTRUCTURE IMPROVEMENTS: How To Capitalise On It To Drive Economic Development

  • What does improved connectivity between Northern cities mean for the Northern powerhouse?

  • How to attract infrastructure investment and use transport connectivity as an economic enabler

  • How will HS2 and HS3 deliver economic growth in the North? What will be the impact of those improved links on the labour market?

  • What do transport investments mean for places around transport hubs, such as major road investments and new road improvements within the Northern region?

  • What is the economic development function of Transport for the North? How are they delivering economic development through transport?

Jonathan Spruce, Interim Head of Policy & Strategy, Transport for the North

Stream B: Driving Inclusive Growth and Improving Productivity

6) SPATIAL REBALANCING: Learning From Successful Places And New Initiatives

  • What are innovative approaches to economic growth?

  • Why are some places more successful than others? What are the conditions for growth? How can we best apply lessons learnt and successes in other areas to the North of England?

  • How can we help deprived communities?

  • How can we deliver growth in rural and coastal areas?


Networking Break and Afternoon Refreshments


Panel Debate: How Can We Work Together As The North And Deliver The Ambition Of The Northern Powerhouse Under The New Reality Of Economic Development?

  • Northern Powerhouse agenda: the strategy and mechanisms to support this ambition

  • How can challenges pertaining to the North be overcome by the Northern Powerhouse?

  • How can the public and private sectors work together as the North to deliver growth in the region?

  • How does North Wales link in the North West economy? How can we share successes and common challenges?

  • What are the capabilities of the North, and how can we convey in the region a stronger message internationally?

Martin Phelan, International Director, Northern Powerhouse – Investment, Department for International Trade

Philip McCann,
Professor of Economic Geography, University of Groningen


Closing Remarks

Institute of Economic Development


Close Of Conference