Scotland’s City Region and Growth Deals: Infrastructure Development, Delivering Inclusive Growth and What Comes Next?

City region and growth deals are agreements between local, devolved and national government to invest in cities and regions to maximise regional growth potential.  They are partnerships with the broader public sector such as Scotland’s funding, enterprise and skills agencies as well as from businesses, colleges and universities. 

What has been the value of city region and growth deals across Scotland to-date? What comes next?

In anticipation of Audit Scotland’s first of two performance audits, delegates with assess the progress made by city region and growth deals across Scotland to-date and determine their value to delivering local economic benefits. 

Attendees will consider the delivery of potentially transformative infrastructure projects; particularly relating to transport and alternative energy sources to pioneer local strategies emphasising carbon neutrality; housing to compensate for shortages; and telecoms as part of the roll-out of the UK Government’s USO and the Scottish Government’s R100 and 4G-infill programmes to improve connectivity in advance of the shift towards 5G.

The event will look to communicate what has worked and what could be used as a template for best practice for delivering capital projects associated with Scotland’s future city region and growth deals.  

Sessions will also look at developing a better targeted skills base with use of enhanced data now provided by Skills Development Scotland to help the enterprise and skills agencies as well as colleges and industry improve their planning on investment.

There will also be discussion of furthering collaboration between research and innovation, securing business funding and the latest thinking in developing international links to foster partnerships and attract visitors and investment. 

Join Holyrood on 28 August as we examine the expected outcomes for enterprise and communities are and what follows this first wave of city deals across Scotland. 

Confirmed speakers

  • Craig McLaren, Director, RTPI Scotland
  • Ellis WatsonChairman of the Tay Cities Enterprise Executive & Executive Chairman, DC Thomson 
  • Councillor Susan Aitken, City Convener for Inclusive Economic Growth & Leader of the Council, Glasgow City Council  
  • Colette Cohen, Chief Executive, Oil, Technology & Gas Centre, Aberdeen
  • Jarmo Eskelinen, Executive Director, Data-Driven Innovation Programme, University of Edinburgh
  • Paul Zealey, Skills Planning Lead, Skills Development Scotland 
  • Stuart Patrick CBE, Chief Executive, Glasgow Chamber of Commerce
  • Cat Leaver, Director, Brand Scotland, VisitScotland

Additional speakers to be announced in due course.

Key issues we’ll address with you

  • Current state of play with city region and growth deals across Scotland
  • Learning from good practice in city deals already in motion and implementing this in some of the more recently signed-off deals
  • Effective infrastructure project management from tendering to completion in the context of city region and growth deals
  • Securing business investment
  • Fostering effective partnerships across public, private, third sectors and securing local support
  • Using city region and growth deals as a platform for R&I collaboration
  • Building the skills base in order to deliver and as a benefit of city region and growth deals
  • Creating city region ‘brands’ and international profiles as a platform from which to attract global investment, visitors and immigrants

 

Agenda*

09:30 Registration and Refreshments

10:00 Welcome and Introduction from the Chair

  • Jenni Davidson, Journalist, Holyrood Magazine

10:05    Session 1: City Region and Growth Deals across Scotland: Current State of Play 

  • Overview of city region and growth deals across the country and what they have achieved so far

Speakers include:

  • Craig McLaren, Director, RTPI Scotland

11:20    Questions and Discussion

11:50    Refreshments and Networking

12:10    Session 2: Delivering infrastructure development to foster transformative change: learning lessons and ambitions for the future

  • Challenges with infrastructure development in the context of city region and growth deals
  • Identification of lessons to learn and implement in new and future city region and growth deals
  • Examples of good practice

Speakers include:

  • Councillor Susan Aitken, City Convener for Inclusive Economic Growth & Leader of the Council, Glasgow City Council
  • Ellis WatsonChairman of the Tay Cities Enterprise Executive & Executive Chairman, DC Thomson 
  • Colette Cohen, Chief Executive, Oil, Technology & Gas Centre, Aberdeen
  • Jarmo Eskelinen, Executive Director, Data-Driven Innovation Programme, University of Edinburgh 

12:40    Questions and Discussion

12:55    Lunch and Networking

13:45   Session 3: Forging the future through Growth Deals: Developing skills to meet future economic needs, fostering intra-business and R&I collaboratives and building an international profile to attract inward investment 

  • Building the skills base according to the needs of the economy through city region and growth deals
  • Nurturing partnerships between business and between the public, private and third sectors
  • Encouraging R&I collaboration through city region and growth deals
  • Ensuring local communities have a sense of ownership of the positive legacies of city region and growth deals
  • Creating city region brands and developing international relationships to attract FDI, tourists and immigrants
  • City region deals 2.0 – the next steps for intra-agency growth deals beyond the first wave in Scotland

Speakers include:

  • Paul Zealey, Skills Planning Lead, Skills Development Scotland 
  • Stuart Patrick, Chief Executive, Glasgow Chamber of Commerce
  • Cat Leaver, Director, Brand Scotland, VisitScotland 

14:15    Questions and Discussion

15:25    Closing Remarks from Chair

  • Jenni Davidson, Journalist, Holyrood Magazine

15:35    Close of Event

*Agenda subject to change

 

 


Our events are CPD certified. The full day of this event is equivalent to 3 CPD points.

A certificate is available on request post-event to all attendees.

 

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Venue

Central Edinburgh

Costs

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)

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Dates
28 August 2019

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