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Professor Mark Hart, Professor of Public Policy, Aston Business School, Associate Director, Aston Centre for Growth and Deputy Director, Enterprise Research Centre (CONFIRMED)

  • Launching Local Industrial Strategies in October 2018, following on from the 2017 Industrial Strategy White Paper, to strategise partnership between councils, universities, LEPs and businesses to drive local growth
  • Announcing the upcoming 2019 UK Shared Prosperity Fund, designed to reduce inequalities between local areas and councils via inclusive growth funding for local authorities
  • Establishing the £4.7 billion 2019 Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund to invest in world leading research and innovation partnerships that drive growth across all regions of the UK
  • Delivering over £12 billion of Single Local Growth Funding by 2021, through Local Growth Deals, to LEPs and councils supporting eligible projects aimed at stimulating private investment
  • Outlining the achievements of the £2.6 billion Regional Growth Fund, which aimed to create and safeguard almost 300,000 jobs across UK regions

Beatrice Andrews, Head of Local Industrial Strategies, Cities & Local Growth Unit, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) (CONFIRMED)

  • Investing £17 million of Staffordshire University funds to deliver a ‘Digital Apprenticeships and Skills Hub’ to better meet the technical needs of local employers
  • Working in partnership with Staffordshire Council, Stoke-on-Trent City Council and Microsoft to deliver 6,500 new apprenticeships which provide the highest level of digital literacy to fully maximise employability
  • Ensuring 100 local businesses are engaged in the University’s digital innovation apprenticeship programme so that the local region benefits most from this programme
  • Producing 3,000 digitally enabled graduates from the programme, with 50% more digitally skilled graduates staying within the region once they have finished their programme

Sarah Tudor, Director of Employer Partnerships, Staffordshire University (CONFIRMED)

  • Developing a Digital & Creative Board to support economic growth via an extensive digital and creative business expansion scheme
  • Launching the LCR Activate Accelerator Project, a £5 million scheme to support and fund over 60 businesses across 11 sectors working in digital and emerging technologies
  • Collaborating between universities through the £15 million Sensor City, a flagship University Enterprise Zone to provide industry partners with the financial means and facilities to translate technological concepts into commercially viable solutions
  • Employing over 22,000 through this technological investment scheme whilst achieving a 144% increase in digital business between 2011 and 2016

Jonathon Clark, ACR Activate and Technology Manager, Liverpool John Moores University (CONFIRMED)

  • Outlining the leading MK Futures 2050 programme, a council-led strategy for sustainable growth driven by integrated planning for infrastructure, jobs, mobility and culture
  • Implementing innovative smart city and mobility programmes to address growth barriers and create innovation eco-systems
  • Preventing technological brain drain through MK:UT, a new model university which brings business, academics and communities together to promote technological growth together

Awarded Best Data Driven Solutions to Support City Development at The Smart Cities Awards 2017

Geoff Snelson, Director of Strategy and Futures, Milton Keynes Council (CONFIRMED)

  • Building a ground-breaking Growth Partnership between Imperial College London and Hammersmith and Fulham Council
  • Generating a Business Growth Team with input from both the council and university to create a local hub for STEM, technology and the creative industries
  • Attracting over 50 technology, digital and biotech businesses to the 2.2 million square feet of office space in the area
  • Building a Translation and Innovation Hub, which provides a unique space for local corporations to work alongside academics to translate university research into local growth outcomes
  • Ensuring that industrial development is supported by land development policy to retain the growth benefits in the region, with the creation of 10,000 new homes in the borough

Professor Neil Alford, Associate Provost (Academic Planning), Imperial College London (CONFIRMED)

  • Launching the council’s 2017 Economic Growth Strategy to prioritise local growth via investment in local brands, digital connectivity and high-quality transport links
  • Providing tailored support to over 200 local businesses to protect local brands, with 75% of local companies rating Harrogate district as “good for business”
  • Securing £500,000 of grant funding for local businesses, including a £200,000 investment in the Digital Enterprise Support Programme to improve productivity via knowledge exchange and digitalisation
  • Securing over 30 large inward investment enquires which has supported over 1,000 jobs created in the district
  • Gaining £13 million of funding to drastically improve local rail infrastructure, doubling the frequency of trains travelling between Harrogate and large cities in the past year

Daniel Harper, Executive Officer – Economy and Transport (Place-shaping and Economic Growth), Harrogate Borough Council (CONFIRMED)

  • Launching the UKRI Strength in Places Fund, a competitive fund designed to support projects between £10-£50 million involving research organisations, businesses and local leadership to drive economic growth across all areas of the UK
  • Distributing the Higher Education Innovation Fund (HEIF), which support universities to work with wider society, such as local authorities and businesses, to benefit the economy
  • Enhancing local R&I collaborations, building on the underpinning regional economic role of universities, research institutes, Catapults and other R&D facilities
  • Achieving UKRI’s mission and closing the gap between regions with the lowest economic growth and the highest economic growth by providing funding to support business needs met by existing research strengths

Rachel Tyrrell, Strength in Places Programme Director, UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) (CONFIRMED)

  • Launching the June 2018 Cultural Development Fund (CDF), a £20 million fund to invest in digital, culture and creative industries as an alternative means towards driving local growth
  • Implementing the March 2018 Creative Industries Sector Deal to build on creative strengths, attract visitors and support over 700 businesses to pursue creative growth strategies
  • Distributing creative skills training to over 2,000 people to ensure that local people have the training required to fill the additional 1,300 jobs created through CDF funding
  • Developing immersive and digital technology within the local creative economy, in addition to cultural research and development opportunities for local organisations

Tom Robbins, Head of Cultural Development Fund & Place Based Cultural Investment, Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) (CONFIRMED)

  • Working across local authority boundaries to build a £2 billion Growth Point Development Strategy, forging growth through extensive housing and infrastructure projects
  • Driving growth by investing in housing projects and low carbon communities in close proximity to employment opportunities
  • Delivering a new self-sufficient, low carbon community that helped to substantially reduce the council’s housing waiting list and developed its own schools, train stations and town council
  • Investing over £40 million in a clear transport strategy as a route towards local growth, including a new by-pass, upgrading local junctions and extending pedestrian and cycling infrastructure across the area
  • Extensive roll out of decentralised energy networks with the intention of harnessing renewable energy sources such as solar thermal, biomass and waste heat and delivering large zero carbon development
  • Effectively executing a council-led growth strategy with the objective of delivering over 26,000 jobs

Andy Wood, Projects Director - Growth Delivery Team, East Devon District Council (CONFIRMED)

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Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester (CONFIRMED)

  • Strategically prioritising job creation as part of the LEPs growth strategy by working across councils, schools and businesses to build an innovative, highly skilled environment
  • Running the Wiltshire Skills 4 Success Programme, which supports young people with employability and informal skills across scientific, technological and medical industries
  • Supporting the Swindon Learning Gateway to support 16-18 year-olds leaving education to find alternative jobs and skills training
  • Focusing on the growth of STEM businesses and providing extensive STEM opportunities well above the national average
  • Creating 30,000 jobs requiring Level 4 plus skills and creating jobs growth of 8.9%, well above the national average of 5.1%

Paddy Bradley, Director, Swindon and Wiltshire LEP (CONFIRMED)

  • Creating a partnership between Bradford Council, University of Bradford, Leeds LEP, Bradford Chamber of Commerce and local businesses to boost the local economy by £4 billion, create 20,000 new jobs and become the “best place in the UK to start a business”
  • Investing £9 million in buying buildings and acquiring land for future developments to improve current and future growth prospects
  • Ensuring local businesses have the workforce required for expansion by working with the University of Bradford to get 48,000 more people qualified to NVQ level three
  • Focusing on infrastructure development as a mean of attracting inward investment, creating jobs and boosting £1 billion to the local economy through these projects
  • Achieving 6,500 new private sector jobs, 4,127 new business start-ups and 48 high growth business expansions in 2018 alone, with average weekly earnings rising 7%

Councillor Alex Ross-Shaw, Executive Member for Regeneration, Planning & Transport, Bradford Council (CONFIRMED)

  • Successfully bidding and overseeing almost £19 million of investment into job creation projects which build on local strengths and assets
  • Providing direct support to over 140 local businesses through a variety of projects, such as the Aerohub Enterprise Zone and rail infrastructure development
  • Creating a further £90 million of additional public and private investment through effective spending of the initial £19 million
  • Creating more than 3,000 jobs through this investment and safeguarding an additional 3,500, totalling almost 30,000 more people in employment since 2010

Mark Duddridge, Chair, Cornwall and Isles of Scilly LEP (CONFIRMED)

*Programme subject to change