The Major Economic Development Event of the Year is Coming to Manchester this Spring

Taking place on 10 May 2017 at the Lowry Hotel, Manchester, the IED North Conference will be bringing together economic development, regeneration and business leaders from across the Northern region and beyond, to discuss how the public and private sectors can work together as the North to foster economic development and make a real difference in the region.

The Speaker line-up includes:

Gemma Marsh 
Acting Director of Skills and Employment
New Economy Manchester

Mike Emmerich 
Founding Director
Metro Dynamics

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

Joe Saxton
Northern Powerhouse Committee Chair Director 
Federation of Small Businesses

What's in store?

  • Get the latest insights from policy makers, economic development experts and thought leaders into the future of economic development and regeneration in a mayoral and combined authority era

  • Hear strategic growth ideas balanced with practical examples of innovative approaches to economic development and delivering the growth agenda NOW 

  • Discuss and debate how sustainable and inclusive growth can be achieved, productivity improved and the ambition of the Northern Powerhouse delivered

  • Network with economic development and regeneration professionals from the Northern region and beyond...

Who are the IED?

The Institute  of Economic Development (IED) is the leading professional body representing economic development and regeneration practitioners. Established over 30 years ago, the IED provides a valuable network for economic development professionals and a wide range of support services including continuous professional development activities.

Funded entirely through member contributions, the IED is a genuinely independent voice. The Institute represents the interests of the profession through responses to government consultations, submissions to parliamentary select committee inquiries and participation in national initiatives.

We have introduced a development standard, Excellence in Economic Development, which is freely available to download from our website at . A Self Assessment Toolkit to enable a baseline and development needs to be identified is also available.

We are represented on the Expert Panel of the What Works Centre for Local Economic Growth and we Chair the Professional Institutes Commission into Under-performing Towns and Cities.

Please visit for more information and to join

Featuring a Keynote from:

The Rt Hon Lord Heseltine CH

Lord Heseltine was a Member of Parliament in Britain from 1966 to 2001. He was a Cabinet Minister in various departments between 1979 and 1986 and between 1990 and 1997. He was Deputy Prime Minister from 1995 to 1997. He is the founder and Chairman of the Haymarket Group, one of the largest privately owned media companies in the UK.


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