Westminster Social Policy Forum

Next steps for funding regional projects and the future for Local Enterprise Partnerships

Morning, Thursday, 8th March 2018

Central London

THIS EVENT IS CPD CERTIFIED



This seminar will bring together policymakers and stakeholders to examine policy priorities for funding regional projects in England, as well as the future for Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs).


With access to European Structural and Investment Funds ending as the UK withdraws from the EU, delegates will discuss options for assessing regional needs outside of the EU-based definitions beyond 2020.


They will also discuss priorities for ensuring future funding meets requirements to drive growth across the whole country as outlined in the Government’s Industrial Strategy, and opportunities for both domestic and international investment.


Further sessions consider key issues for LEPs, such as their involvement in sector deals, as well as the developing role of Combined Authorities and regional Metro Mayors.



Guests of Honour

Ben Pledger

Deputy Director, Cities and Local Growth Unit, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and Department for Communities and Local Government

Christine Gaskell

Management Board Member, LEP Network and Chair, Cheshire and Warrington Local Enterprise Partnership

Guests of Honour

Christine Gaskell

Management Board Member, LEP Network and Chair, Cheshire and Warrington Local Enterprise Partnership

Ben Pledger

Deputy Director, Cities and Local Growth Unit, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and Department for Communities and Local Government

Keynote Speakers

Joanna Killian

Partner and Head of Local Government, KPMG

Mia Andersson

Head of Industrial Strategy and Regional Policy, CBI

Professor John Shutt

Professor of Employment and Regional Economic Development, Leeds Beckett University

Chair

Lord Shipley

former Deputy Chair, Regional Growth Fund Independent Advisory Panel

Speakers

Kevin Richardson

Local Growth Consultant, HEFCE

Sandra Rothwell

Chief Executive, Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership (CIoS LEP)

Jim Newton

Head of Regeneration and Planning, North West Leicestershire District Council