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Growing Local Business Connecting Universities to business #inclusivegrowth14
02 Dec 2014

A key feature of industrial or commercial growth periods is the interconnectedness of business communities with civic infrastructure and planning powers, finance sources and the research, management knowledge and creative innovators.  

The Institutes of the industrial revolution were centres of learning where entrepreneurs met, civic leaders backed projects where industrial and business managers learned new techniques.

How can cities and regions of the UK emulate the clusters of the modern tech industries in California, or the creative industries around Milan, the Mittlestand in Germany or finance in the City in London? 

Important strands of work in government are converging with work by LEPS to make connections and strengthen local networks and raise standards of business management and connect business into national networks.

The Programme will include the first online presentations from leading figures as part of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Inclusive Growth.  The conference audience will be joined by members of the group, the media and a large online audience around the UK.

Neil Stewart, Chief Executive, Neil Stewart Asociates
Chair’s welcome

Rt Hon Liam Byrne MP, Shadow Minister for Universities, Science and Skills
Keynote address

John Widdowson, Principal, New Durham College; Chair, Mixed Economy Group
Professor Simon Collinson, Dean, Birmingham Business School
Universities as drivers of high value growth

Questions and discussion
Free to View - No place left behind: Driving regional growth through Collaboration
Welcome:Rt Hon Liam Byrne MP, Shadow Minister for Universities, Science and Skills:
Introduction:Dr Nick Fowler, Managing Director Research Management, Elsevier;
Chair:Katja Hall, Deputy Director-General, CBI;
The Rt Hon the Lord Heseltine CH;
The Rt Hon the Lord Adonis;
Questions and discussion

Professor Angus Laing, Dean of Business and Economics, Loughborough University Business School; Chair, Association of Business Schools
Connecting industry with local management demand

Dr Tim Hames, Director General, The British Private Equity and Venture Capital Association
Connecting to finance

Aaron Porter, Director - External Relations, National Centre for Universities and Business
Connecting and collaborating - the role of NCUB

Next steps panel and audience discussion
Close of conference
End of broadcast