Westminster Business Forum

Liverpool City Region’s Local Industrial Strategy - next steps for supporting business and R&D, infrastructure investment and delivering inclusive growth


This conference will be an opportunity to assess key elements of the Liverpool City Region Local Industrial Strategy (LIS) following its expected publication.

With the new government prioritising regional investment and development, this conference will be an opportunity for policymakers and stakeholders to discuss the impact on Liverpool of this policy drive, and how the region can benefit from significantly increased commitments to infrastructure investment.

Areas for discussion include:

  • Infrastructure development - transport, housing and the future of major projects;
  • Supporting Liverpool’s businesses and their productivity, the region’s skills, and collaboration with the HE sector on research and development;
  • Strategies for inclusive growth; and
  • Health and wellbeing, and alleviating poverty across the Liverpool City Region.

There will be keynote contributions from:

  • Aileen Jones, Assistant Director, Policy and Strategic Commissioning, Liverpool City Region Combined Authority;
  • Hon. David Ashford MHK, Minister for Health & Social Care, Isle of Man; and
  • Professor Janet Hemingway, Professor of Vector Biology and Director, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine.

Further confirmed speakers include: Matthew Ashton, Sefton Council; Elaine Bowker, The City of Liverpool College; Peter Carew, Unilever; Margaret Hanson, Imagine Independence; Alan Jemmett, Merseyside Environmental Advisory Service; Richard Kenyon, Everton in the Community; Dale Milburn, Knowsley Council; Matt Parish, Liverpool FC; Bronwen Rapley, Onward Homes and Dr Sophie Wickham, University of Liverpool.

Sessions on the agenda include:

  • The Liverpool City Region Local Industrial Strategy - priorities for supporting communities and business;
  • Implementing the Local Industrial Strategy and its place within Government’s wider Industrial Strategy;
  • Economic co-operation and promoting business links between Liverpool City Region and the Isle of Man;
  • Next steps for housing, major infrastructure projects and transport;
  • Positioning the region at the forefront in  research and development;
  • Developing Liverpool’s businesses and their productivity, the region’s skills, and collaboration with the HE sector; and
  • The impact of the LIS on wellbeing and social challenges throughout Liverpool - tackling poverty, inequality and poor mental health.

Engagement with policy officials at this conference

Westminster Business 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; MHCLG; the Cities and Local Growth Unit; the Department for Transport; the Department for Education; DCMS; Defra; DWP; and the Home Office.

Price: £95 PLUS VAT

Shortly after every Westminster Business Forum seminar, a briefing document is produced. This is distributed to all delegates on the day as well as to our policymaker contacts in government, and to stakeholders more widely.

A seminar publication provides a timely record of proceedings, and acts as a guide to the latest thinking on current policy issues for those unable to be at the event.

This publication includes


Contributions from keynotes and panellists, including accompanying slides*
*Subject to approval

Delegate Pack

Information from the day, including delegate list, biographies and agenda


Transcript of questions and comments posed to speakers from attending delegates


Supplementary articles from speakers
and delegates