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Local Enterprise Partnerships
24 May 2011
2nd National Conference. Held in Manchester

This conference brought together council leaders and directors of economic development, learning and social policy with leaders from local commerce and industry to discuss emerging national policy and local good practice around sub-regional working.

Programme
10:00
Andrew Carter, Director of Research, Centre for Cities
Welcome and introduction from Conference Chair

10:05
Philip Cox, Director, Local Economies, Regeneration and European Programmes, Department for Communities and Local Government
The scale of the challenge ahead: encouraging enterprise, growth and jobs in the private sector

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10:20
Mike Cherry, Policy Chairman, Federation for Small Business
The 'enterprise' in Local Enterprise Partnerships: maximising private sector investment in LEPs

10:35
Bill Murphy, Managing Director, Next Generation Access, BT Group
Regenerating local economies through next generation Broadband

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10:50
Questions and discussion: Session 1
11:00
Refreshments, networking and exhibition
11:30
Martin Traynor OBE, Group Chief Executive, Leicestershire Chamber of Commerce
The role of LEPs as a strategic body delivering local public services

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11:45
John Fisher, Director, Local Futures
The geographic challenges to forming and achieving LEP success

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12:00
David Bailey, Professor of International Business Strategy and Economics, Coventry University
Challenges for LEPs after the RDAs

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12:15
Mike Emmerich, Chief Executive, New Economy Manchester
Meeting the skills challenge: effective structures to overcome issues of no direct employees, sub-structures and a potentially inexperienced board

12:30
Panel discussion: Funding LEPs - New Homes Bonus, collection of local tax revenue and the Business Increase Bonus
John Fisher, Director, Local Futures; David Bailey, Professor of International Business Strategy and Economics, Coventry University; Mike Emmerich, Chief Executive, New Economy Manchester.

13:00
Buffet lunch, networking and exhibition
14:00
Seminar 1: Ensuring higher and further education engagement in LEPs
John Latham, Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Business Development, Coventry University

14:00
Seminar 2: Equality of opportunity: ensuring that LEPs take full acccount of the interests of the disadvantaged and minorities
Robert Beard, Policy Officer, National Association of Voluntary and Community Action

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14:00
Seminar 3: Round table debate - what role should the voluntary sector have in private sector-led Local Enterprise Partnerships?
Jeanette Burrows, Development Manager, Staffordshire Consortium of Infrastructure Organisation, Staffordshire Third Sector Network

15:00
Refreshments, networking and exhibition
15:30
David Knowles-Leak, Representative, Thames Valley Berkshire LEP
New career opportunities: the role of LEPs in creating apprenticeships and jobs

15:50
Stewart Towe, Group Chairman & Managing Director, Hadley Industries Holdings Ltd; Chairman, Black Country Local Enterprise Partnership
The business perspective

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16:10
Panel discussion: The challenges and opportunities ahead for LEPs
David Knowles-Leak, Representative, Thames Valley Berkshire LEP; Stewart Towe, Group Chairman & Managing Director, Hadley Industries Holdings Ltd, Chairman, Black Country Local Enterprise Partnership.

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