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Local Government Association Conference - breakfast fringe seminar

5th July 2017

We are delighted to be sponsoring the breakfast fringe event “Winning cities, winning regions” at the Local Government Association Conference (LGA) from 8:15am until 9:15am on Wednesday 5 July 2017 at the International Convention Centre, Birmingham.

The conference is a must attend event for council leaders, councillors, chief executives, and senior officials as local government joins representatives from central government, business, the media, and the voluntary sector to discuss policy issues of the day. This year is the 20th anniversary of the LGA, which they will mark by celebrating the work of local government and debating the opportunities ahead.

During our fringe breakfast we will discuss the drivers that attract cites and places to private investors and developers considering the main findings of the Centre for Cities report.

Andrew Carter, Chief Executive, Centre for Cities will cover in his opening address the fundamentals of the report findings:
1. Economic fundamentals of the city
2. Practicalities
3. City governance

Following his presentation, the panel will provide a two minute response followed by question time.


  • Chair: Richard McCarthy, Executive Director, Capita Plc
  • Denise Park, Deputy Chief Executive, Blackburn with Darwen
  • Rob Groves, Development Director, Argent, Paradise Birmingham
  • Dave Simmonds OBE, Centre for Economic and Social Inclusion
  • Jo Miller, Solace President, Chief Executive of Doncaster and Sheffield Combined Authority
  • Andrew Carter, Chief Executive, Centre for Cities

Key questions the panel will cover:

  • What do investors and developers need from cities for investment to be successful?
  • Are the needs the same across all property sectors and cities?
  • How can planning and development be connected to wider policy development to encourage faster investment?
  • What changes to policy would make the biggest difference for fresh UK investment?

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