Regional devolution and the Midlands Engine - investment, skills and infrastructure

Faye Pressly, Associate Director, Mortimer Spinks will be speaking at the Regional devolution and the Midlands Engine - investment, skills and infrastructure, event on Friday, 16th September 2016, in Central Birmingham.

In light of the Chancellor's commitment to regional devolution across the country, this seminar will provide a timely opportunity to consider key issues for the development of the 'Midlands Engine', including enablers for economic growth and sustainability, and the organisational and collaborative structures that will be needed. 

Following the announcement of a Midlands Engine Investment Fund of over £250 million to invest in smaller businesses in the Midlands, policymakers and key stakeholders will discuss the development of employment support and skills provision in the region. 

Delegates will also consider the next steps for transport and infrastructure to help boost economic growth given that the confirmed devolution deals for the West Midlands Combined Authority and the Greater Lincolnshire Combined Authority include powers over local transport budgets and franchised bus services. 

In the context of the Cities and Local Government Devolution Act , further sessions are expected to focus on the role of elected mayors, as the region has become the first area outside of the north of England to sign up to a devolution deal with an elected mayor. 

Seminar a keynote address from Tony Bray, Area Director, Business Innovation and Skills West Midlands, Cities and Local Growth Unit; Councillor Jon Collins, Leader, Nottingham City Council; Paul Harris, Director of Economic Development, Rolls-Royce; Aileen Murphie, Director, Department for Communities and Local Government and Local Government Value for Money, National Audit Office; Grant Peggie, Director, Venture Capital Solutions, British Business Bank; Faye Pressly, Associate Director, Mortimer Spinks; Councillor Bob Sleigh, Chairman, Shadow Board, West Midlands Combined Authority and Leader, Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council and Dr James Wilkie, Director, Research and Innovation Services, University of Birmingham. 

Baroness Burt of Solihull, Liberal Democrat Lords Principal Spokesperson for Business, Innovation and Skills has kindly agreed to chair part of this seminar.