Westminster Social Policy Forum Keynote Seminar
September 12 @ 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.
Seminar supported by PwC