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Westminster Social Policy Forum Keynote Seminar

12th September 2017 @ 8:30 am - 1:00 pm

The future for the Midlands Engine

Policy conference on the future for the Midlands Engine – with DIT, City of Wolverhampton Council, British Business Bank and BT.

  • Publication of the Midlands Engine Strategy – which builds on the Industrial Strategy – and outlines plans to grow the Midlands economy;
  • Recent election of the West Midlands Metro Mayor; and
  • Following plans announced in the Queen’s Speech for a Trade Bill, which will put in place a legal framework for the UK to strike free deals with countries around the world, while ensuring domestic businesses are protected from unfair trading practices.

Keynote speakers: Simon Hall, Director, Exports and Investment, Midlands Engine, Department for International Trade; Councillor Roger Lawrence, Leader, City of Wolverhampton Council; Ian Binks, Regional Partnership Director, West Midlands, BT; Mark Goldby, Chair, Nottinghamshire Manufacturing Network; Patrick Magee, Chief Operating Officer, British Business Bank; Laura Shoaf, Managing Director, Transport for West Midlands and Sarah Wilkes, UK Head of Housing, Arcadis.

Further confirmed speakers: Alison Breadon, PwC; Professor Anne Green, University of Birmingham; Christopher Greenough, Salop Design & Engineering and Dr Ellen McAdam, Birmingham Museums Trust.

Chaired by: Lilian Greenwood MP, Member of Parliament for Nottingham South and Baroness Burt of Solihull, former Liberal Democrats Lords Spokesperson for Business, Innovation and Skills.

Key discussion points:

  • How local authorities, LEPs, businesses and universities should best collaborate to grow the Midland’s economy;
  • Attracting graduates and increasing the take up of apprenticeships, particularly for the manufacturing and engineering sectors;
  • The potential for the Midlands Engine Investment Fund in helping businesses to innovate;
  • Options going forward for supporting small and medium enterprises;
  • Next steps for meeting the demand for housing;
  • Transport as an enabler of growth and maximising opportunities of HS2;
  • Priorities for digital infrastructure; and
  • Financing the Midlands Engine: attracting investment, supporting manufacturing and the impact of Brexit.

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Seminar supported by PwC


12th September 2017
8:30 am - 1:00 pm


Birmingham Conference and Events Centre
Hill Street
Birmingham, B5 4EW United Kingdom
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