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 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.