Regional Economic Partnerships – The Role of City Region Deals in Driving Inclusive Growth

This briefing will consider the next steps for inclusive economic development in Scotland’s cities and regions.

The context

In October 2017, the Scottish Government announced it would support the creation of regional economic partnerships as part of their next steps for city region deals.

City Deals were first introduced by the UK Government in 2011 as a way of encouraging local economic decision-making to stimulate local growth.

To date, Scotland has agreed three City Region Deals with more in the pipeline. In a period of economic uncertainty and City Deals south of the border further progressed, what can we learn from the experience so far to drive inclusive economic growth locally?

Attend this Holyrood event as we examine how to align and utilise local, regional and national assets to boost jobs and local economies.

Key learning objectives

  • Get an up-to-date brief on the latest developments affecting city and regional economic development
  • Consider the challenges, issues and innovative approaches that can deliver inclusive growth
  • Gain insights into the experience of city deals and regional development from across the UK


09:15 Registration and Refreshments

10:00 Session 1: Cities and Regions - Next Steps for Driving Inclusive Growth

  • Latest developments and policy context affecting city region deals and economic development
  • Developing and delivering regional strategic visions
  • Embedding inclusive growth in economic development projects
  • Long-term strategic and collaborative approaches to improve regional economies
  • Innovative mechanisms to unlock, leverage and maximise investment and its impact
  • Working with the private sector to enhance benefit

11:00 Questions and Discussion

11:25 Refreshments and Networking

11:45 Session 2: Workshop Seminar

  • Taking advantage of the learning from the morning, collective knowledge, experience and expertise in the room, attendees will lead the discussions by identifying the key issues, challenges and solutions to improve the effectiveness of our regional economies

12:45 Lunch and Networking

13:30 Session 3: Learning Lessons from the City Region Experience so far

  • A series of inputs from city region partnerships at different stages of their progress will provide good practice learning and insights to take back to your setting.

Dr Peter O’Brien, Research Associate, Centre for Urban and Regional Development Studies (CURDS), Newcastle University

14:30 Questions and Discussion

14:55 Summary by the Chair

15:00 Close of Event

*Agenda subject to change


Central Edinburgh, venue to be confirmed.

Who will benefit from attending?

Anyone with a vested interested in, or responsibility for, Economic and Business Development, Regeneration, Planning, Infrastructure, Transport and Connectivity.

Attendees will be drawn from, but not inclusive to: central government, local authorities, enterprise agencies, public bodies, housing associations and education institutions.


Delegate rates (excluding VAT):

  • Discounted rate: 1 place £145 + VAT (Voluntary / charitable organisations with an annual income of less than £1m)
  • Reduced rate: 1 place £245 + VAT | 2+ places £195 + VAT (Central government departments and agencies, local authorities, universities, colleges, NHS, police, professional associations and voluntary / charitable organisations with an annual income over £1m)
  • Full rate: 1 place £295 + VAT | 2+ places £245 + VAT (Commercial organisations e.g. plc, Ltd, LLP)

For more information please email or phone 0131 285 1635 

24 January 2018



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