The Major Economic Development Event of the Year 

Achieving Sustainable Inclusive Growth For The Economy

This year’s IED Annual Conference is taking place in London on 23 November and will bring together economic development, regeneration and business leaders from across the UK.

Reasons to attend:

1. Get up to speed with evolving government economic development policy.  Speakers include Northern Powerhouse minister Jake Berry MP and BEIS/DCLG Cities and Local Growth Unit director Tim Walker

2.  Gain insight from renowned experts on the implications for economic development strategy of Brexit and the other big political issues of the day.  Speakers include Times colunmist Mathew Parris, former commercial secretary to the Treasury Lord O'Neill  and the former joint head of government economic service Vicky Pryce. 

3. Learn how to make economic growth in your areas more inclusive.  Former Royal Society of Arts Inclusive Growth Commission leader Charlotte alldritt will share insights on how to devise and implement inclusive growth strategies. Joseph Rowntree Foundation head of policy Katie Schmuekcker will lead a round table discussion on practical methods of ensuring inclusive growth. 

4.  Find out what powers and resources government offers local areas through devolution deals, and what it requires in return.  BEIS/DCLGL Cities and Local Growth Unit director Tim Walker will share his insight and lead a roundtable discussion on the topic. 

5.  Discover how local authorities can work with employers to provide local people with the sklls that the businesses need.  Speakers include Construction Industry Training Board strategic partnership director Sarah Fenton


Jim O'Neill, Ex Commercial Secretary to the Treasury and Former Chief Economist of Goldman Sachs

From May 2015 to September 2016, Jim was Commercial Secretary to HM Treasury and during this time chaired a formal Review into AMR (antimicrobial resistance) publishing their final recommendations in May 2015, helping drive HM Government’s strategy as well as providing key input to the United Nations in this field.

For Jim's full bio please click here

Jake Berry MP, Minister for the Northern Powerhouse and Local Growth, Department for Communities and Local Government

Jake was appointed Parliamentary Private Secretary of State at the Department of Communities and Local Government on the 14h June 2017.

For Jake's full bio please click here

Matthew Parris, The Times Columnist

Matthew Parris was educated in Britain and Africa graduating from Clare College, Cambridge, and going on to study International Relations at Yale. Two years at the Foreign Office were followed by a spell at the Conservative Research Department. From 1977 until the 1979 General Election, he was on the staff of Mrs Thatcher’s office. Elected Member of Parliament for West Derbyshire in 1979, he gave up his seat in 1986 to become Presenter of LWT’s “Weekend World”, a political interview programme.

For Matthew's full bio please click here 


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