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Priorities for English towns and the Levelling Up White Paper - investment, infrastructure, regeneration, and growth

January 2022


Price: £95 PLUS VAT
Format: DOWNLOADABLE PDF


This conference will examine priorities for regenerating English towns, looking at:


  • how local government and businesses can drive economic growth to recover from the pandemic
  • priorities for infrastructure development at a national, regional, and local level
  • the implications of the Government’s delayed Levelling Up White Paper and its potential to address issues for England’s towns
  • priorities for the Levelling Up Fund following the allocation of the first round, worth £1.7bn
  • the impact of government support, such as the Towns Fund and other initiatives intended to help local authorities and England’s towns to recover from the pandemic

We are pleased to be able to include keynote sessions with:


  • Lynne Miles, Director of Policy, Cities and Local Growth Unit, Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
  • Bridget Rosewell, Commissioner, National Infrastructure Commission
  • Glenn Caplin-Grey, Chief Executive, Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership; and Service Director for Economic Growth, Cornwall Council
  • Baroness Jo Valentine, Director of Place, Business in the Community
  • Bill Grimsey, former CEO, Wickes and Iceland; and Author, Grimsey Report
  • Ashley McDougall, Director, NAO

The discussion is bringing together stakeholders with key policy officials who are due to attend from BEIS; the Cabinet Office; the Cities and Local Growth Unit; the CMA; Defra; the DCMS; the DfE; the DIT; the DLUHC; the DfT; the Department of Finance, NI; the DWP; HMRC; the Home Office; the IPO; the NAO; the ONS; the ORR; the OPSS; and the Welsh Government - as well as parliamentary pass-holders from the House of Lords.



This pack includes

  • Dropbox video recording of the conference
  • PDF transcript of the discussion, including all speaker remarks and Q&A
  • PDFs of speakers' slide material (subject to permission)
  • PDFs of the delegate pack, including speaker biographies and attendee list
  • PDFs of delegate articles