In the weeks following the General Election, George Osborne has re-affirmed his commitment to delivering the ’Northern Powerhouse’, and clearly set out the terms by which all UK cities can gain additional powers to help them grow in the future in the shape of a Cities and Local Government Bill.
The arguments over devolution so far have been led by local and national and politicians arguing that putting more power in their hands will lead to greater economic development and improved public services. But the private sector will be vital to make this happen, and must have a central voice in the devolution debates in every city to ensure that firms can play their part in supporting these objectives and are able to take advantage of the opportunities more local decision making can unlock.
This private roundtable of business leaders in Manchester seeks to engage the private sector and understand its views on what the city devolution agenda means for your area. The evidence gathered at this breakfast roundtable, in addition to city-by-city polling of the business communities in Bristol, Manchester, Glasgow and Birmingham, will inform a new report from Centre for Cities, in partnership with TLT, for local and national policymakers. The report will help them to understand the views and motivations of local businesses as devolution accelerates across much of the country.
In particular we will ask:
This event is by invitation only, but if you are interested in coming along, or to find out more about the event series and follow-up paper, please contact Simon Jeffrey.
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