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


Registration and Networking


Chair’s Opening Remarks

Bev Hurley, Chair, Institute of Economic Development


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

  • What economic development benefits can elected mayors and combined authorities bring to the North?

  • What progress have existing combined authorities made on economic development? What can be learned from Greater Manchester? Why do certain models work for some places, and not others? What differentiates places?

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

  • How will economic development budgets be managed under mayors and combined authorities?

  • What will be the role of Local Enterprise Partnerships in an era of greater devolution?

Mike Emmerich, Founding Director, Metro Dynamics

Naomi Clayton, Policy and Research Manager, Centre for Cities


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)  SUPPORTING BUSINESS GROWTH: How Can Places Tailor Their Growth And Inward Investment Plans To Drive Business And Investment?

  • How to identify local business sectors and clusters with growth potential

  • How can the government’s Industrial Strategy support places to drive business and investment in their areas?

  • How can economic development bodies and businesses capitalise on the government’s Industrial Strategy to deliver growth?

Brendan Edwards, Senior Economics Consultant, Lichfields

Mark Lynam,
Director of Strategy and Corporate Affairs, Sheffield City Region

Stream B: Driving Inclusive Growth and Improving Productivity

2) SKILLS & EMPLOYMENT: How To Develop The Workforce Needed For Growth Sectors

  • How to equip your local population with the skills needed to secure the North’s jobs of tomorrow?

  • How can local areas address the skills 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

  • What opportunities do devolution deals offer to take a different approach to skills?

Gemma Marsh, Acting Director of Skills and Employment, New Economy Manchester

Elaine Bowker,  Principal & Chief Group Executive The City of Liverpool College

Oliver Chapman, Associate Director , Regeneris


Networking Break and Morning Refreshments


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 To Drive The Economy Of The Northern Powerhouse

  • Where are homes most needed to drive economic development in the North?

  • What opportunities are presented by the Housing White Paper’s emphasis on building new homes “where they are needed most”

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

  • How can the government’s Industrial Strategy help to provide the infrastructure needed to encourage private investors to build housing on challenging sites?

Mark Waite, Strategic Planning Director, Bloor Homes North West

Richard Cook,  Associate - Economics,  Pegasus Group

Stream B: Driving Inclusive Growth and Improving Productivity

4) FUNDING POST-BREXIT: How Can We Address Economic Inbalances Across The North In A Post-Brexit World?

  • Where are places currently benefiting from EU funding? Which areas are in need to support as part of rebalancing the UK economy?

  • What should be the priorities for further government funding in order to replace EU funding?

  • What can local areas do to mitigate the loss of European money, should a government alternative be lacking?

Helen Barnard,  Head of Analysis,  Joseph Rowntree Foundation


Keynote Address

The Rt Hon Lord Heseltine CH


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 Them 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

Simon Emery, Team Leader, Growth & Economic Development, Highways England

Stream B: Driving Inclusive Growth and Improving Productivity

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

  • What innovative approaches can be taken to drive 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?

Grace Blakeley,  Researcher,  IPPR North


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?

Joe Saxton, Northern Powerhouse Committee Chair,  Federation of Small Businesses

Philip McCann,
Professor of Economic Geography, University of Groningen

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


Closing Remarks

Institute of Economic Development


Close Of Conference