Five reasons to attend IED event

Senior business department civil servants will join the author of a landmark review of economic growth at next week's Institute of Economic Development conference in central London.

The event is organised in association with Planning's sister title Regeneration & Renewal. Here are five reasons to attend:

1. Hear from the author of a government-commissioned review into economic growth. Former deputy prime minister Lord Heseltine, the author of last year's landmark government-commissioned No Stone Unturned report on economic growth, will deliver the conference's keynote address. His review prompted the chancellor to announce further funding and responsibilities for local enterprise partnerships (LEPs).

2. Find out how England's LEPs have responded to the Heseltine agenda. Earlier this year, in response to the review, the government announced a £2 billion-a-year Single Local Growth Fund for LEPs to drive job creation and investment in their areas. At the conference, David Frost, chair of the LEP Network, will explain how LEPs have responded to the new devolved Whitehall growth funding. Emma Ward, local growth director at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, will deliver an address on going for growth.

3. Understand the European funding landscape. A new European funding round comes into force next year, with more than £270 billion set to be made available across Europe over six years for efforts to support growth and jobs and tackle climate change and energy dependence.

Dr Sue Baxter, deputy director of the EU programme at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, will explain.

4. Learn how local planning policies can support economic growth. Matthew Spry, director at planning consultancy Nathaniel Lichfield & Partners, speaks alongside Marc Hume, director of renewal and recreation at the London Borough of Bromley.

5. Discover innovative approaches to unlocking town centre potential. Martin Blackwell, chief executive of the Association of Town and City Management, will share insights on how town centres can prosper. Diane Savory, chair of the Gloucestershire LEP, will highlight innovative approaches to boosting growth through town centre management.


When: 20 November 2013

Where: Westminster, London

Price: Prices start at £299 + VAT per delegate

How to book: Visit, email or call 020 8267 4011.

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