Cities and Regions: Driving Inclusive Economic Growth

This briefing will consider the role of City Region Deals and next steps for inclusive economic development. 

The context

Scotland’s cities and their regions play a key role in national and local prosperity.

As the City Region Deals in Scotland progress, a major Scottish Parliament inquiry has raised 'significant issues' that need addressed.

With the Scottish Government signalling support for new regional economic partnerships - what can we learn from the experience so far to drive future growth in Scotland’s cities and regions?

Attend this Holyrood briefing to consider the next steps for stimulating investment and developing more effective regional 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 Welcome and Introduction from the Chair

Robert Pollock, Chair, Economic Development Association Scotland

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

10.05 Scottish Government Address: Inclusive Growth - An Evidenced-Based Approach to Policy Making

Deputy Directors from the Scottish Government will set out the Scottish Government’s vision on delivering Inclusive Growth across all of Scotland, including an overview of:

  • City deals and regional partnerships
  • How evidence can be used to inform and underpin the development of Inclusive Growth priorities 

Uzma Khan, Deputy Director - Economic Strategy, Oonagh Gil, Deputy Director - Enterprise and Cities, Scottish Government

10.25 City Regions: Deal of No Deal? Report by the Scottish Parliament’s Local Government Committee and What Next?

  • Overview of the report on City Regions from the Scottish Parliament’s Local Government Committee
  • An insight into what next?

Stephen Imrie, Clerk Team Leader, Education and Skills; Local Government and Communities; Culture, Tourism, Europe and External Relations committees, The Scottish Parliament

10:30 Achieving Inclusive Economic Growth

Dr David Waite, Research Associate, Policy Scotland and Urban Studies, University of Glasgow

10.40 Community Improvement Districts: A New Business Improvement District Model ​

  • Discussing the new BID model – Community Improvement Districts that will support inclusive economic growth in the regions of Scotland
  • A partnership model for businesses, community, corporates and the public

Phil Prentice, Chief Officer, Scotland's Towns Partnership

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
  • Attendees are asked to identify the key issues they would like to examine in smaller groups, with the focus on overcoming barriers, finding solutions and sharing good practice.

12:55 Lunch and Networking

13:35 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.

13:35 North Ayrshire Inclusive Growth Diagnostic

  • Challenges facing local authorities in delivering Inclusive Growth
  • Overview of North Ayrshire Inclusive Growth Diagnostic Pilot undertaken in partnership with Scottish Government
  • How North Ayrshire are using the findings from the pilot to implement innovative projects locally and using an Inclusive Growth approach to drive our Ayrshire Growth Deal and Regional Partnership Pathfinder

Caitriona McAuley, Head of Service (Economic Growth), North Ayrshire Council

13:55 Reflections on Developments in the UK with City-regions, Deal-making and Industrial Strategy

  • Recent processes of decentralisation and city-region development
  • Deal-making as an instrument of local and regional development
  • Inclusive Growth and Industrial Strategy

Kevin Rush, Director of Regional Economic Growth, Glasgow City Region

14:15 Reflections on developments in the UK with city-regions, deal-making and Industrial Strategy

  • Recent processes of decentralisation and city-region development
  • Deal-making as an instrument of local and regional development
  • Inclusive Growth and Industrial Strategy

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

14:35 Questions and Discussion

15:00 Close of Event

*Agenda subject to change


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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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