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Priorities for English towns and the Levelling Up White Paper - investment, infrastructure, regeneration, and growth

Morning, Wednesday, 12th January 2022


This conference will examine priorities for regenerating English towns, looking at:

  • how local government and businesses can drive economic growth to recover from the pandemic
  • priorities for infrastructure development at a national, regional, and local level
  • the implications of the Government’s forthcoming Levelling Up White Paper and its potential to address issues for England’s towns
  • priorities for the Levelling Up Fund following the allocation of the first round, worth £1.7bn
  • the impact of government support, such as the Towns Fund and other initiatives intended to help local authorities and England’s towns to recover from the pandemic

We are pleased to be able to include keynote sessions with:

  • Bridget Rosewell, Commissioner, National Infrastructure Commission
  • Glenn Caplin-Grey, Chief Executive, Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership; and Service Director for Economic Growth, Cornwall Council
  • Baroness Jo Valentine, Director of Place, Business in the Community
  • Bill Grimsey, former CEO, Wickes and Iceland; and Author, Grimsey Report
  • Ashley McDougall, Director, NAO

The discussion is bringing together stakeholders with key policy officials who are due to attend from BEIS; the Cabinet Office; the Cities and Local Growth Unit; the CMA; Defra; the DCMS; the DfE; the DIT; the DLUHC; the DfT; the Department of Finance, NI; the DWP; HMRC; the Home Office; the IPO; the NAO; the ONS; the ORR; the OPSS; and the Welsh Government - as well as parliamentary pass-holders from the House of Lords.



Keynote Speakers

Glenn Caplin-Grey

Chief Executive, Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership; and Service Director for Economic Growth, Cornwall Council

Bridget Rosewell

Commissioner, National Infrastructure Commission

Baroness Jo Valentine

Director of Place, Business in the Community

Keynote Speakers

Glenn Caplin-Grey

Chief Executive, Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership; and Service Director for Economic Growth, Cornwall Council

Bridget Rosewell

Commissioner, National Infrastructure Commission

Baroness Jo Valentine

Director of Place, Business in the Community

Bill Grimsey

former CEO, Wickes and Iceland; and Author, Grimsey Report

Lynne Miles

Director of Policy, Cities and Local Growth Unit, Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

Ashley McDougall

Director, NAO

Chairs

Rt Hon the Lord Bassam of Brighton

Peter Aldous MP

Officer, All-Party Parliamentary Group for Town Centres

Speakers

Lisa Harris

Executive Director of Place Services, St Helens Council

Michelle Sacks

Joint Deputy Chief Executive (Place), Boston Borough Council and East Lindsey District Council

Dominic Curran

Policy Adviser, British Retail Consortium

Wayne Butcher

Director, Public Services Advisory, Grant Thornton

Gavin Bostock

Head of Corporate Affairs, The Go Ahead Group

Mannie Ketley

Executive Director, Rugby Borough Council

Joanna Rowelle

Director, Integrated City Planning, Arup; and Senior Responsible Officer, Towns Funds Delivery Partner