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Next steps for Glasgow’s economy - the Glasgow City Region Economic Strategy, the City Region Deal, and priorities for investment, communities, businesses, transport, climate and R&I

TO BE PUBLISHED September 2022

Price: £95 PLUS VAT

This conference will examine next steps for developing the Glasgow City Region’s economy.

It will be an opportunity to discuss progress and the key steps for delivery of the Glasgow City Region Economic Strategy, which has been developed by local and national government along with government agencies, local universities, businesses and third sector organisations.

Stakeholders and policymakers will examine the way forward for addressing the key regional challenges identified in the Strategy - including next steps for:

  • investment in the region’s economy
  • climate strategy
  • public transport and connectivity
  • developing the region’s research and innovation sectors

Further sessions review progress, priorities and the way forward for the Glasgow City Region City Deal as it continues to be implemented following the first Gateway Review.

Overall, the agenda will bring out latest thinking on priorities for:

  • businesses - building the economy using key local services - increasing productivity - stimulating development of key sectors such as manufacturing, services and innovation - inclusivity
  • environment - implementing the regional climate adaptation strategy - taking forward the spirit of COP26
  • communities - increasing opportunity - improving employment prospects - local skills development - tackling economic deprivation
  • transport and connectivity - taking forward the Clyde Metro project - improving bus networks - decarbonisation - infrastructure
  • innovation - enhancing the regional innovation sector - investment - collaboration

We are pleased to be able to include keynote sessions with Iain Stewart MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Scotland, Office of the Secretary of State for Scotland; Ivan McKee MSP, Minister for Business, Trade, Tourism & Enterprise, The Scottish Government; Duncan Cameron, Managing Director, First Bus Scotland; Professor James Curran, Ambassador, Climate Ready Clyde; Honorary Fellow, James Hutton Institute; and former Chief Executive, Scottish Environment Protection Agency; and Alex Hynes, Managing Director, ScotRail.

The conference will be an opportunity for stakeholders to consider the issues alongside key policy officials who are due to attend from The Scottish Government, as well as from Defra; DIT; DLUHC; and Transport Scotland.

This pack includes

  • Dropbox video recording of the conference
  • PDF transcript of the discussion, including all speaker remarks and Q&A
  • PDFs of speakers' slide material (subject to permission)
  • PDFs of the delegate pack, including speaker biographies and attendee list
  • PDFs of delegate articles