Westminster Social Policy Forum

Since lockdown, we have been organising our full programme of conferences online. We will continue online until further notice, to ensure we play our part in helping our employees and delegates to remain safe during this time. We are pleased that so many key stakeholders, policymakers and other interested parties - both old friends and new delegates - are taking up the opportunity to discuss public policy issues and network at our impartial seminars. New events are coming on to our conference programme all the time. So there are plenty of opportunities for you to join us if you haven’t already, from wherever you are. For booking-related queries, or information on speaking, please email us at info@forumsupport.co.uk or contact us using one of the following numbers: +44 (0)7951044809 / +44 (0)7503591880 / +44 (0)7538736244.
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Local enterprise partnerships and regional growth - implementing Local Industrial Strategies, funding, coordinating stakeholder priorities, and next steps for policy


This conference discussed the future of Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) and next steps for regional growth in England, bringing together key stakeholders with policymakers in local and national government.

With the Government’s major focus on regional growth, devolved powers, and levelling up, delegates assessed:

  • 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 were pleased to include keynote addresses from:

  • Mark Bretton, Chair, The LEP Network and Chair, Hertfordshire LEP;
  • Mark Livesey, Chief Executive, The LEP Network; and
  • Aileen Murphie, Local Government Value for Money, National Audit Office and Director, MHCLG.

Further speakers included: Mark Duddridge, Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership; Sean Hanson, Local Partnerships; Tracy Harrison, Northern Housing Consortium; Mike Hawking, Joseph Rowntree Foundation; 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;
  • Local Enterprise Partnerships and providing value for money;
  • Meeting strategic priorities - cost efficiency, improving accountability and strengthening local infrastructure;
  • 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 attracted particularly strong interest from policymakers. It was an opportunity for stakeholders to engage with officials who have reserved places representing: the BEIS; MHCLG; DCMS; the Cabinet Office; HM Treasury; the Cities & Local Growth Unit; the Infrastructure and Projects Authority; Defra; DfT; the Department for Education; Ofsted; DIT; DWP; Government Equalities Office; HMRC; Innovate UK; the Office of Government Property and UK Space Agency.

Price: £95 PLUS VAT

Shortly after every Westminster Social Policy 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