Developing Scotland's Regional Economic Partnerships

This event is a timely opportunity for delegates to discuss the next steps for developing Scotland’s regional economies and promoting inclusive economic growth.

Building Scotland’s regional economies

Growing out of the City Deal process, Regional Economic Partnerships have been identified by the Scottish Government as the preferred vehicle for developing Scotland’s regional economies.

Aimed at bringing together local and national government, higher education and the private sector, Regional Economic Partnerships will seek to drive inclusive growth, identified as a key priority within the Scottish Government’s Economic Strategy.

Join Holyrood on 26 February for this timely opportunity to hear the latest thinking on Regional Economic Partnerships, exchange ideas, and share good practice on promoting inclusive growth.

Key issues we will address with you

  • Up-to-date briefing and scrutiny of existing City Region and Regional Growth Deals
  • Latest thinking on the importance of inclusive growth
  • Key policy priorities for developing Regional Economic Partnerships
  • Share good practice on how inclusive growth can be created and measured at a regional level

Who should attend

  • Scottish Government
  • UK Government
  • Local Authorities
  • Community Planning Partnerships
  • Enterprise agencies
  • Skills agencies
  • FE and HE institutions
  • Private sector bodies including Chambers of Commerce, CBI, Institute of Directors and Business Improvement Districts


10:15 Registration and Morning Refreshments

11:00 Welcome and Introduction by the Chair

Colin Mair, former Chief Executive, Improvement Service

Session 1: Building Scotland’s Regional Economic Partnerships

  • Key issues for designing Regional Economic Partnerships
  • Exchanging best practice on regional economic partnerships from Scotland and beyond
  • Learning from the City Deal process
  • Presentations from key stakeholder groups including local government, and private sector

11:05 The Private Sector's Role in Regional Economic Development

Jennifer Craw, Chief Executive, Opportunity North East

11.30 Glasgow: From City Deal to City Region

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

11:55 Interactive Roundtable Session

12:25 Q&A

12:50 Lunch and Networking

Session 2: Delivering regional inclusive growth

  • Monitoring and measuring inclusive growth
  • Developing local economic networks
  • The wider vision for Scotland's regional economies

13:35 Elaine Morrison, Head of Regional Partnerships, Scottish Enterprise

13:55 Measuring Inclusive Growth

Julie McLachlan, Policy Manager - Economic Growth, North Ayrshire Council

14:15 REPs and the wider future of Scotland's Regional Economies

Ross Martin, Advisor on Regional Economies, Scottish Government

14:35 Interactive Roundtable Session

14:55 Q&A

15:25 Colin Mair, former Chief Executive, Improvement Service

15:30 Close of Event

*Agenda subject to change

Our events are CPD certified. This event is equivalent to 3 CPD points.
A certificate is available on request post-event to all attendees. 




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Delegate rates (excluding VAT):

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

For all event enquiries please email or call 0131 285 1635

26 February 2019

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