Speaker Welcome...

We are delighted to have you on board as a speaker at the IED North Conference.

Please find below all of the information you should need in preparation for the day.

Event Info
> Venue
> Timings
> Speaker Discount 
> Accommodation

Speaker Brief
> Message from the Institute of Economic Development 
> Main Feel Of The Event
> Audience
> Briefings Before / On The Day
> Presentations
> Feedback


The Lowry Hotel - 50 Dearmans Place, Chapel Wharf, Manchester, M3 5LH
Map and directions to the venue


Registration and morning refreshments will be from 09:00 with opening remarks at 09.45. The conference will conclude at 16.00.
View the latest programme

(Please note that timings are subject to change between now and the event date.)

Speaker Discount

As part of the speaker faculty, your contacts and colleagues are entitled to a 10% discount off the current prices to attend the conference. All they need to do is quote SPK66  at the basket page when booking online.


The Lowry Hotel currently offers single occupancy rooms at £155 Bed & Breakfast until 9 April. To book please call the reservations team on 0161 827 4000 and mention Haymarket.

 Message From The Institute Of Economic Development

We have been looking after the interests of people working in economic development related fields for over 30 years and we are the leading professional body for practitioners throughout the UK and overseas and from all sectors. Limited by guarantee, the IED is managed by a Board of Directors on behalf of Members and are elected as Directors by the Members. Approximately half the Conference audience will be IED Members and all of the delegates will be experienced professionals with a good level of knowledge and understanding of the topics but also have a desire to learn, improve and hear about good practice.

Main Feel Of The Event

The inaugural IED North Conference follows the success of the IED Annual Conference in London. This event is designed to be a platform to highlight and discuss the most pressing issues in creating an environment for economic growth in the North of England, specifically. Speakers should be honest, frank and clear in their argument whilst allowing the delegation to ask questions and discuss the issues raised together. Please bear this in mind when preparing for your session, whilst addressing the conference theme: ‘ Now has to be the time for the Public and Private sectors, working together, to make a real difference to the Northern economy ’.


Estimated audience size: 80-100

This event typically attracts largely senior local authority and public sector delegates (around 2/3 of the audience). The remainder of the delegation is from the private sector, with senior professionals from economic development and regeneration agencies. All audience members have a good knowledge base of the topics discussed throughout the day. 

Organisations already registered include: 

AECOM, Allerdale Borough Council, Cheshire & Warrington Local Enterprise Partnership, Cheshire West and Chester, City Development Associates Limited, Conwy County Borough Council, Denbighshire County Council, Derby City Council, H&C Govan Ltd, Halton Borough Council, Moore Strategic Consulting Ltd, NEL Fund Managers Ltd, Oldham Council, South Lakeland District Council, Stockport MBC, Welbeck Retail Management Ltd

Job titles include:

Acting Director of Regeneration, Property & Housing, Assistant Director Strategic Development, Associate Director, Business Support & Local Growth Officer, CEO, Deputy Chief Executive, Director, Director of Economy & Skills, Economic & Business Development Officer, Economic & Business Development Team & Programme Manager, Economic Development Service Manager, Head of Economic Development, Head of Growth, Inward Investment & High Growth Officer, Regeneration Manager, Section Head: Business and Tourism

Briefings Before/On The Day

If you would like to discuss your speaking session in more detail before the event, please arrange a convenient time with Aziliz Du Fay. On the day, the Event Manager and/or Event Producer will meet with you during registration/the break before your session to brief you and ensure you are all set. Please ensure you arrive in plenty of time and send us your slides (if applicable) in advance as well as bringing a copy on a USB just in case.


If you are showing slides in your session, please send them to Eileen Muir  by Friday 5 May. Please ensure that your slides are in 16:9 format ratio . If you wish to use video or audio files, please provide these as separate files for the on-site AV team.


There will be evaluation forms circulating on the day on which delegates will score and chart their thoughts on your session. You will be sent your scores after the event, once all of the forms have been collated and analysed. Please also complete one yourself to let us know your thoughts on the event.


Please send all items to Eileen Muir  by the deadline date.

Your photo (high resolution headshot) and biography
(100-200 words written in third person)
DEADLINE: Thursday 20 April 2017

Completed speaker details form
DEADLINE: Thursday 4 May 2017

Your presentation (if applicable) in Powerpoint format, 16:9 ratio
DEADLINE: Friday 5 May 2017

Key Contacts:

Event Content 

Aziliz Du Fay

Aziliz Du Fay 
Senior Conference Producer 
+44 (0)20 8267 4281 

Event Operations 

Eileen Muir

Eileen Muir  
Senior Event Operations Coordinator 
+44 (0)20 8267 4264 

Commercial Partnerships 

Heather Lynn

Heather Lynn 
Account Director
+44 (0)20 8267 4785