Realising Regional Growth: What next for the West Midlands?

Join us for the third in our series of regional events exploring what the Levelling Up programme means in reality for local economic growth around the country, this time focusing on the West Midlands.

Event starts at 09.00am - 1.30pm on 30 June 2022 at Millennium Point, Birmingham

Join us for ‘Realising Regional Growth: What next for the West Midlands?’ at Millennium Point, Birmingham – the third in a new series of regional events exploring what the Levelling Up programme means in reality for local economic growth around the country.

Keynote Speakers:

  • Andy Street, Mayor of the West Midlands
  • Lord Sainsbury of Turville, former Minister for Science and Innovation
  • Pete Gladwell, Group Social Impact and Investment Director, Legal & General

Panel Speakers:

  • Henrietta Brealey, Chief Executive, Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce
  • Dr Pam Waddell, Director, West Midlands Innovation Alliance
  • Professor Simon Green, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research), Aston University and Chair of Midlands Innovation

This half-day conference will bring together national and regional politicians, academics and business leaders to discuss how the West Midlands can build on its existing strengths, as well as developing new ones, in order to harness opportunities presented by the Levelling Up Agenda, and maximise growth not just across the region, but across the whole UK.

The recently published Levelling Up White Paper sets out the Government’s ambition for all places to achieve their productivity potential, supporting economic growth and improvements in living standards across the UK. But what does this mean in practice for the cities of the West Midlands, whose success is critical to a more prosperous region and country? As the home of one of three new Levelling Up Innovation Accelerators, will a renewed focus on supporting innovation, research and development in the city region drive growth and prosperity for local people? And what should a ‘trailblazer’ devolution deal for the city region look like, if it is to have the powers and funding to realise its full economic potential?

The event is free to attend, but places are limited, so please register and save the date. Registration closes two days before the event.

Centre for Cities Covid-19 Commitment

‘Lets work together and protect everyone’

We cannot wait to welcome you to Realising Regional Growth UK – our series of events taking place over the coming months in Manchester, Leeds and Birmingham exploring what the Levelling Up programme means in reality for local economic growth around the country

The safety of all our attendees, partners, contractors and staff is our highest priority and as such we work very closely with all chosen venues who have created controlled, safe and clean environments in accordance with government guidance around the management of Covid-19

We will be adopting a common-sense approach to ensure that you attend our events with confidence

‘What does this mean?’

We are not currently imposing any specific requirements and regulations.  We are however operating in accordance with all government guidelines and those of any venues being used to host Centre for Cities events.  All attendees will be advised of any venue specific requirements.

‘Our safe event measures ‘

Whilst face masks are no longer mandatory, attendees are encouraged to take personal responsibility and to wear a face covering in areas that may be crowded – this is a personal choice and we are mindful and respectful of this.  Please be mindful and respectful of those around you and of any venue specific requirements

Masks will be available for those wishing to wear them

All attendees will be asked to print their badges at home in order to streamline the arrivals and registration process

There will be frequent and thorough cleaning of all public areas, touch points and toilet facilities around the venue

Many venue staff will still be wearing face coverings and various areas may still have protective screening in use

Venues are advised to keep spaces well ventilated – this may mean that venues are colder than would normally be expected – please bear this in mind (you might need an extra layer!)

Hand sanitiser and/or hand washing facilities will be provided throughout the venue

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