The conference represents the culmination of the year long partnership between the LGA, BPF and Local Partnerships. This invite only event will bring together senior figures from local government, the property industry and the wider business community to explore how councils, the private sector and central government can work together to overcome barriers and develop new mechanisms for raising finance and ensuring investment is targeted towards unlocking growth.
09.15 Arrival and refreshments
10.00 Welcome and Introduction
Sir Merrick Cockell, Chairman of LGA Ken Dytor, Managing Director at Regeneration
Investments and Chair of the BPF Regeneration Committee
The LGA and BPF partnership have been exploring the
ways in which councils can work with partners from the
property sector to stimulate local economic growth. The
lessons from this work will be detailed in a publication,
launched at the conference, which will outline a plan for
growth. Sir Merrick Cockell will introduce the conference
and this publication by announcing this plan.
10.25 The Plan for Growth panel discussion
Liz Peace, Chief Executive of the BPF
Tony Travers, Director of the Greater London Group, London School of Economics
Dr. Adam Marshall, Director of Policy and External Affairs, British Chambers of Commerce
Amelia Henning, Vice-President, Royal Bank of Canada Alan Aisbett, Partner, Pinsent Masons
Rt Hon Danny Alexander MPChief Secretary to the Treasury
Sir Merrick Cockell Chairman of LGA
Howard BernsteinManchester City Council
Ken Dytor Managing Director at Regeneration Investments
and Chair of the BPF Regeneration Committee
Dr. Adam Marshall Director of Policy and External Affairs,
British Chambers of Commerce
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11.30 Promoting growth through partnership A focus on place
The Cornwall Deal Cllr Alex Robertson, Leader, Cornwall Council Kevin Lavery, Chief Executive, Cornwall Council
Funding Supporting Infrastructure for Growth Cllr. Russell Roberts, Leader, Kettering Borough Council David Cook, Chief Executive, Kettering Borough Council
Kickstarting the economy in an area of low-growth Cllr. Steve Houghton, Leader, Barnsley Metropolitan
Borough Council Diana Terris, Chief Executive, Barnsley Metropolitan
The LGA and BPF partnership has supported three place-based studies that have explored how councils can take the lead and work with their partners to drive economic growth. Three very different councils were chosen with very different challenges. The findings and outcomes from these studies will be discussed, with the opportunity for delegates to discuss with the Chief Executives and Leaders what learning there is for the rest of the sector from these studies.
12:30 Funding Infrastructure in a Cold Climate
Chair Clive Dutton, Clive Dutton OBE, Executive Director for Regeneration, Planning and Property, LB Newham
Howard Bernstein, Manchester City Council, City Deal and Earnback model
Edward Twiddy, Chief Executive, Northeast Local Enterprise Partnership
Chris Murray, Director, Core Cities Group
As central government capital grants are reduced, how can local authorities fund the infrastructure that will unlock economic growth and facilitate further development? A range of new non-grant based funding mechanisms are becoming available for local authorities, such as Enterprise Zones, Tax Increment Finance and Earn Back. In this session experts will explore when and how these mechanisms could help kickstart growth, and whether other options are needed.
14:00 Unlocking local governments role in driving economic growth
Rt Hon Danny Alexander MP, Chief Secretary to the Treasury
The Governments City Deals have demonstrated that the devolution of substantive freedoms and responsibilities is necessary for promoting economic growth at a local level. Following the agreement of the first 8 deals, how will government approach further devolution of powers across the local government sector, and where do the limits of this devolution lie? Following the speech there will be the opportunity for a Q&A Session.
14:55 Stimulating economic growth for the long term - what needs to change?
Chair: Ken Dytor, Managing Director at Regeneration Investments and Chair of the BPF Regeneration Committee
Rt Hon Greg Clark MP, Minister for Decentralisation and Cities
Rt Hon Hilary Benn MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government
While the immediate focus of many central policy makers is on securing the short-term economic recovery, the actions taken to do this will have profound implications for long-term economic growth. In an increasingly competitive global economy, ensuring that growth is sustainable in the long-term is a major policy challenge of this parliament. How government, both central and local, interact with and support a thriving and competitive private sector in the future? How can central and local government ensure that there is the right framework of incentives and devolved responsibilities in place to facilitate this? And how can this thinking help the public sector to generate effective strategies for encouraging private sector growth?
15:55 Closing Remarks
Sir Merrick Cockell, Chairman of LGA