Scotland Policy Conferences

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Next steps for Scotland’s City Region and Growth Deals - partnerships, delivery, inclusive economic development, and what has been learnt so far

Morning, Tuesday, 14th December 2021


***Full-scale policy conference taking place online***

With a Deal now in place for every part of Scotland, this conference will be a timely opportunity to discuss their development and progress.


Stakeholders and policymakers will consider what can be learned from the progress of older Deals, next steps for the implementation of the newer Deals, and best practice for developing effective proposals going forward.


The agenda also looks at City and Growth Deals in other jurisdictions, and delegates will consider what can be learnt for Deals in Scotland in the areas of administration, governance, and delivery.


Other key areas for discussion include:

  • priorities for effective collaboration between councils and key partners on the Deals
  • how well co-operation between the UK and Scottish Governments is working, and how the Deals fit into the UK Government’s wider levelling up proposals
  • the ways in which COVID-19 has impacted the delivery of the Deals

The seminar takes place following the first Gateway Review for the Glasgow City Region and the allocation of £250m in extra funding to aid the region’s economic recovery in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. It also comes with the signing last year of the Ayrshire Growth Deal and, most recently, the Borderlands Inclusive Growth Deal.


We are pleased to be able to be able to include a ministerial contribution from Iain Stewart MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Scotland, Office of the Secretary of State for Scotland. Councillor Douglas Reid, Leader, East Ayrshire Council is also a keynote speaker.


Overall, sessions in the agenda include:

  • the state of play - key regional priorities, progress so far, and lessons learnt
  • developing effective proposals - governance, funding, and collaboration between Deals
  • project delivery and transparency - identifying and overcoming barriers to delivery and developing an effective accountability system
  • realising the potential of Deals - building inclusive, sustainable economies, developing workforce skills and centres of research and excellence, and meeting community and business needs
  • policy priorities for City and Growth Deals in Scotland and supporting delivery

Attendees

Our forums are known for attracting strong interest from policymakers and stakeholders. Places have been reserved by officials from the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities and The Scottish Government. Also due to attend are representatives from Dounreay Stakeholder Group; East Ayrshire Council; Hydrock; NatureScot; and University of Edinburgh.


Overall, we expect speakers and attendees to be a senior and informed group including Members of the Scottish Parliament and senior officials from the Scottish Government, UK Government and regulatory officials involved in this area of policy, as well as representatives from industries involved in the development of digital and transport infrastructure, health and life sciences representatives, sustainability and the environment, further and higher education and skills development, the tourism and cultural sectors and the business sector - including large employers and high value manufacturing, together with reporters from the national and specialist media.


This is a full-scale conference taking place online***

  • full, four-hour programme including comfort breaks - you’ll also get a full recording and transcript to refer back to
  • information-rich discussion involving key policymakers and stakeholders
  • conference materials provided in advance, including speaker biographies
  • speakers presenting via webcam, accompanied by slides if they wish, using the Cisco WebEx professional online conference platform (easy for delegates - we’ll provide full details)
  • opportunities for live delegate questions and comments with all speakers
  • a recording of the addresses, all slides cleared by speakers, and further materials are made available to all delegates afterwards as a permanent record of the proceedings
  • delegates are able to add their own written comments and articles following the conference, to be distributed to all attendees and more widely
  • networking too - there will be opportunities for delegates to e-meet and interact - we’ll tell you how!

Full information and guidance on how to take part will be sent to delegates before the conference



Keynote Speaker

Iain Stewart MP

Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Scotland, Office of the Secretary of State for Scotland

Keynote Speaker

Iain Stewart MP

Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Scotland, Office of the Secretary of State for Scotland

Chair

Colin Smyth MSP

Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Economic Development and Rural Affairs

Speakers

Councillor Tony Buchanan

Leader, East Renfrewshire Council

Dr John Rogers

Executive Director, Research & Innovation Services, University of Stirling

Councillor Huw Thomas

Leader, Cardiff Council

Stephen Sheal

Special Advisor, Net Zero Technology Centre

Councillor Douglas Reid

Leader, East Ayrshire Council

Jennifer Tempany

Director, Strategic Partnerships and Regional Economy, Forth Valley College

Robin Presswood

Executive Director of City Development, Dundee City Council

Dr Gillian Murray

Deputy Principal for Enterprise & Business, Herriot-Watt University