Westminster Social Policy Forum

Local enterprise partnerships and regional growth - implementing Local Industrial Strategies, funding, coordinating stakeholder priorities, and next steps for policy

Morning, Tuesday, 10th March 2020

Glaziers Hall, 9 Montague Close, London SE1 9DD


This conference will discuss the future of Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) and next steps for regional growth in England.

With the new government’s major focus on regional growth, devolved powers and levelling up, stakeholders and policymakers at this conference will 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 a keynote address from Mark Bretton, Chair, The LEP Network and Chair, Hertfordshire LEP.

Further speakers include: Mark Duddridge, Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership; Sean Hanson, Local Partnerships; Tracy Harrison, Northern Housing Consortium; Jim Hubbard, CBI; Stacey King, Enterprise M3 and CityFibre; Jo Lappin, Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership; Mark Livesey, The LEP Network; 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: the BEIS; Cabinet Office; HM Treasury; Cities & Local Growth Unit; Infrastructure and Projects Authority; Defra; DfT; MHCLG; Department for Education; Ofsted; DIT; DWP; DCMS; Government Equalities Office; HMRC; Innovate UK; Office of Government Property and UK Space Agency.

Keynote Speaker

Mark Bretton

Chair, the LEP Network and Chair, Hertfordshire LEP

Keynote Speaker

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 Livesey

Chief Executive, The LEP Network

Mike Hawking

Policy and Partnerships Manger, Joseph Rowntree Foundation

Mark Duddridge

Chair, Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership

Jo Lappin

Chief Executive, Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership

Aileen Murphie

Local Government Value for Money, National Audit Office and Director, MHCLG