Westminster Social Policy Forum

The future of local enterprise partnerships and regional growth - implementing Local Industrial Strategies, linking local priorities and policy priorities

Morning, Tuesday, 10th March 2020

Central London


This conference will discuss the future of local enterprise partnerships (LEPs) and next steps for regional growth in England.

With regional growth and devolved powers a major focus for the new government, the conference will provide an opportunity for stakeholders and  policymakers to assess:

  • The development and implementation of Local Industrial Strategies (LIS);
  • The outlook for further devolution - with expected publication of the English Devolution White Paper - and the role of LEPs in distributing the UK Shared Prosperity Fund; and
  • Progress on LEP accountability and strategic priorities since the Strengthened Local Enterprise Partnerships review.


We are pleased to include keynote addresses from Mark Bretton, Chair, The LEP Network and Chair, Hertfordshire LEP and James Palmer, Mayor, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority.

Further speakers include: Mark Duddridge, Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership; Sean Hanson, Local PartnershipsTracy Harrison, Northern Housing Consortium; Jim Hubbard, CBI; Stacey King, Enterprise M3 and CityFibre; Jo Lappin, Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership; Alistair Lomax, Arc Universities Group; Bob Perkins, AECOM; Helen Randall, Trowers & Hamlins and Heather Sharp, KPMG.

The agenda

  • Next steps for Local Enterprise Partnerships and delivering regional projects;
  • Working with City Region Mayors to drive regional prosperity;
  • Meeting strategic priorities - providing value for money, strengthening local infrastructure and improving accountability;
  • Supporting local growth and regeneration - the impact of further devolution and outlook for the Shared Prosperity Fund;
  • The role of LEPs in supporting the development and delivery of Local Industrial Strategies; and
  • Local Industrial Strategies implementation - utilising regional strengths, developing partnerships and sharing best practice.

Engagement with policy officials at this conference

This Westminster Social Policy Forum conference has attracted particularly strong interest from policymakers. It will be an opportunity for stakeholders to engage with officials who have reserved places representing: BEIS; the Cities & Local Growth Unit; DCMS; Defra; the Department for Education; DfT; DIT; DWP; the Government Equalities Office; Ofsted; HMRC; HM Treasury; the Infrastructure and Projects Authority; MHCLG; the Office of Government Property and the UK Space Agency.

Keynote Speaker

Mark Bretton

Chair, the LEP Network and Chair, Hertfordshire LEP

Keynote Speakers

James Palmer

Mayor, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority

Mark Bretton

Chair, the LEP Network and Chair, Hertfordshire LEP


Baroness Bowles of Berkhamsted


Heather Sharp

Director, Economics, KPMG

Tracy Harrison

Chief Executive, Northern Housing Consortium

Sean Hanson

Chief Executive, Local Partnerships

Stacey King

Board Member, Enterprise M3 and City Vanguard, CityFibre

Alistair Lomax

Director, Arc Universities Group and Director of Development, University of Buckingham

Bob Perkins

Regional Director, Economic Development, AECOM

Jim Hubbard

Head of Regional Policy, CBI

Helen Randall

Partner, Trowers & Hamlins

Mark Duddridge

Chair, Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership

Jo Lappin

Chief Executive, Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership