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

Morning, Tuesday, 14th December 2021


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 learned for implementing those 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 City Deal 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 follows the signing of the Ayrshire Growth Deal last year and, most recently, the Borderlands Inclusive Growth Deal.


We are pleased to be able to be able to include ministerial contributions from Ivan McKee MSP, Minister for Business, Trade, Tourism and Enterprise, The Scottish Government; and Iain Stewart MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Scotland, Office of the Secretary of State for Scotland.


Councillor Tony Buchanan, Leader, East Renfrewshire Council, and Councillor Douglas Reid, Leader, East Ayrshire Council, are also keynote speakers.


Overall, sessions in the agenda include:

  • the state of play - key regional priorities, progress so far, and lessons learned
  • 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

The discussion is bringing together stakeholders with key policy officials who are due to attend from the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities; The Scottish Government; and Transport Scotland.



Keynote Speaker

Ivan McKee MSP

Minister for Business, Trade, Tourism and Enterprise, The Scottish Government

Keynote Speakers

Ivan McKee MSP

Minister for Business, Trade, Tourism and Enterprise, The Scottish Government

Iain Stewart MP

Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Scotland, Office of the Secretary of State for Scotland (Pre-recorded presentation)

Chairs

Colin Smyth MSP

Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Economic Development and Rural Affairs

Jim Fairlie MSP

Member, Rural Affairs, Islands and Natural Environment Committee

Speakers

Councillor Tony Buchanan

Leader, East Renfrewshire Council

Andrew Kerr

Chief Executive, The City of Edinburgh Council

Dr John Rogers

Executive Director, Research & Innovation Services, University of Stirling

Jarmo Eskelinen

Executive Director, Data Driven Innovation Initiative, University of Edinburgh

Councillor Huw Thomas

Leader, Cardiff Council

Stephen Sheal

Special Advisor, Net Zero Technology Centre

Councillor Douglas Reid

Leader, East Ayrshire Council

Stephen Good

Chief Executive Officer, Construction Scotland Innovation Centre

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