Westminster Social Policy Forum

The future for the Midlands Engine - the refreshed strategy, and priorities for infrastructure and economic development

Morning, Thursday, 28th November 2019

The ICC, 8 Centenary Square, Birmingham B1 2EA

THIS EVENT IS CPD CERTIFIED



This conference focuses on the future for the Midlands Engine.


With a refreshed Midlands Engine strategy due to be published later this year, it is bringing together stakeholders to discuss key issues - including economic development and infrastructure priorities for the region.


The agenda


Keynote contribution:


  • The future of the Midlands Engine - with Anthony May, Chief Executive, Nottinghamshire County Council and Chair, Midlands Engine Operating Board.

Further sessions on:


  • Developing and delivering infrastructure across the region to support economic growth:
    • Digital connectivity - realising the benefits of full fibre and 5G - with Carl Arntzen, Chief Executive Officer, Bosch Thermotechnology;
    • Transport challenges and improvement opportunities across the region - with Kate Emerson, Director and Strategic Transport Modelling Lead, WSP;
    • Establishing the East Midlands Development Corporation - with Robbie Owen, Partner and Head, Infrastructure Planning and Government Affairs, Pinsent Masons;
    • Transforming the region’s rail network - with Billy Roden, Senior Policy Lead, Midlands Connect Project Team; and
    • Housing - ensuring the right type is in the right place to support growth.
  • Skills development - with Angela Joyce, Midlands Engine Skills Board Chair;
  • Business engagement and delivery of Local Industrial Strategies - with Katie Trout, Director, Greater Birmingham & Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership;
  • Supporting investment in the Midlands - with Grant Peggie, Director, Venture Capital Solutions, British Business Bank;
  • Manufacturing - supporting the Midlands as a manufacturing hub; and
  • Concluding remarks - with Anthony May, Chief Executive, Nottinghamshire County Council and Chair, Midlands Engine Operating Board.

Participation by policy officials


Westminster Social Policy Forum conferences typically attract strong interest from policymakers. This seminar will be an opportunity for stakeholders to engage with officials who have reserved places representing: BEIS; Cabinet Office; DCMS; Defra; DfT; DIT; MHCLG; Office for Product Safety and Standards; Ofwat and ORR.



Keynote Speaker

Anthony May

Chief Executive, Nottinghamshire County Council and Chair, Midlands Engine Operating Board

Keynote Speakers

Anthony May

Chief Executive, Nottinghamshire County Council and Chair, Midlands Engine Operating Board

Billy Roden

Senior Policy Lead, Midlands Connect Project Team

Chairs

Jeremy Lefroy MP

Co-Chair, All-Party Parliamentary Group for the West Midlands

Alex Norris MP

Chair, All-Party Parliamentary Group for the East Midlands

Speakers

Katie Trout

Director, Greater Birmingham & Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership

Kate Emerson

Director and Strategic Transport Modelling Lead, WSP

Carl Arntzen

Chief Executive Officer, Bosch Thermotechnology

Robbie Owen

Partner and Head, Infrastructure Planning and Government Affairs, Pinsent Masons

Grant Peggie

Director, Venture Capital Solutions, British Business Bank

Angela Joyce

Chief Executive Officer, WCG and Midlands Engine Skills Board Chair