Scotland Policy Conferences

Since lockdown, we have been organising our full programme of conferences online. We will continue online until further notice, to ensure we play our part in helping our employees and delegates to remain safe during this time. We are pleased that so many key stakeholders, policymakers and other interested parties - both old friends and new delegates - are taking up the opportunity to discuss public policy issues and network at our impartial seminars. New events are coming on to our conference programme all the time. So there are plenty of opportunities for you to join us if you haven’t already, from wherever you are. For booking-related queries, or information on speaking, please email us at or contact us using one of the following numbers: +44 (0)7538736244 / +44 (0)7503591880 / +44 (0)7951044809.
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Priorities for delivering the Glasgow City Region City Deal - infrastructure, entrepreneurship, employment, and inclusive post-COVID economic recovery


***Full-scale policy conference taking place online***
This conference will examine the next steps for the Glasgow City Region City Deal.

The discussion is bringing together stakeholders with a range of key policy officials due to attend from Scottish Parliament; The Scottish Government; Transport Scotland; the Office of the Secretary of State for Scotland; BEIS; the DCMS; the DIT; the DWP; and HMRC.

The agenda:

  • The Glasgow City Region Deal - latest progress, findings of the Gateway Review, and tackling the economic impact of COVID-19
  • Delivering enhanced connectivity within the Glasgow City Region
  • Key priorities across the city region - transport and infrastructure, regeneration and inclusive growth, and the development of the Clyde Mission
  • Delivering the Powerhouse of the North ambition - building life science and manufacturing capabilities, fostering entrepreneurship, and developing spaces to facilitate business incubators and growth areas
  • Improving employment opportunities - supporting the tourist and hospitality sectors, helping young people entering the job market, and developing innovative approaches in the wake of COVID-19
  • Priorities for government support of the City Region Deal

Key areas for discussion:

  • economic recovery - the groundwork:
    • strategy formulation - examining the steps that should be taken to ensure the Glasgow City Region recovers economically from COVID-19
    • funding - use of immediate City Deal investment for re-starting key infrastructure projects following lockdown
    • guidance and expertise - priorities for:
      • the COVID-19 Recovery Group - developing the way forward on renewing and rebuilding the economy in Glasgow city-region
      • the Glasgow City Region Intelligence Hub - in understanding the local economic impact of COVID-19
    • supporting employment:
      • key sectors - such as tourism and hospitality
      • outdoor space and pedestrianisation - opening up city centres to allow businesses to continue post-lockdown
      • progress on priorities - evaluating work so far in the three projects established as part of the City Region Deal to address key local employment challenges, focussed on individuals on health-related benefits, 16-24 year olds and development of staff currently on low-income jobs in the care sector
  • infrastructure:
    • key ambitions - progress on delivering a fully connected City Region that can facilitate economic growth
    • transport - assessing progress on key recommendations of the Glasgow Connectivity Commission’s Connecting Glasgow - Creating an Inclusive, Thriving, Liveable City report, discussing:
      • the city’s transport system - recommendations on £10bn worth of projects, and an order of priorities of: the movement of people, cyclists, public transport use and private vehicles
      • realising the benefits - strategies for sustainable and integrated transport to improve access to jobs and facilitate economic growth
    • assessing progress on key project areas:
      • Glasgow’s proposed metro network - a key Commission recommendation, with commitment from the Scottish Government in the most recent Programme for Government
      • trams - progress on the feasibility study for a tram line connecting Paisley Gilmour Street Station to Glasgow Airport and the Manufacturing Innovation District Scotland
      • rail - including the refurbishment of High Street rail station and Motherwell station
      • further transport projects established as part of the Deal - road improvements, bridges, and active travel initiatives
    • regeneration - how projects such as the Mission Clyde can be accelerated with the aim of unlocking the potential of the Clyde Corridor
    • remediation - the way forward for making good land affected by historical contamination to deliver opportunities for further private, commercial and housing development
  • establishing Glasgow as a centre of business innovation:
    • building capabilities - priorities for continued development life sciences and manufacturing in the wake of COVID-19, with innovation hubs being set up throughout the City Region
    • widening support - identifying further opportunities for potential growth areas
    • entrepreneurship - with supporting business innovation a key strand of the City Region Deal, how to best foster a culture of entrepreneurship and opportunities for start-up businesses - discussing:
      • higher education - the role that the city’s universities can continue to play in offering incubation space for businesses
      • key projects - the potential impact of Imaging Centre of Excellence at Glasgow University’s new Queen Elizabeth II Hospital Campus, MediCity in North Lanarkshire, and the Tontine business incubation and development centre in Glasgow's Merchant City district
      • key enablers - access to finance for businesses starting up in the city and the provision of co-working space

Relevant background at a glance:

  • Vital funding boost for City Region economy - successful completion of the first Gateway Review and the allocation of £250m in extra funding for the Deal for infrastructure projects to aid the region’s economic recovery in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Post-Pandemic regional Economic Recovery Plan for Glasgow - recently signed off by the council leaders of the Glasgow City Region, with a range of measures to support jobs, skills and businesses including a major housing retrofit programme with the aim of reducing fuel poverty and carbon emissions
  • the Clyde Mission - and the Clyde Mission Fund open to applications for funding for projects to move forward the aim of inclusive, sustainable growth in the city and more widely in Scotland
  • transport and regeneration consultations - Connecting Communities: A Public Conversation on our transport future in Glasgow and the Glasgow North Strategic Development Framework planning initiatives and regeneration projects
  • COVID-19 - new or reintroduced restrictions in Glasgow, including those relating to indoor gatherings, hospitality, and distancing in shops
  • the Digital Glasgow Strategy - with the Digital Boost Programme providing support for business connectivity

Policy officials attending:

Our forums are known for attracting strong interest from policymakers and stakeholders. Places have been reserved by parliamentary pass-holders from the All Party Parliamentary Light Rail Group, and officials from Scottish Parliament; The Scottish Government; Transport Scotland; the Office of the Secretary of State for Scotland; BEIS; the DCMS; the Department for International Trade; the DWP; and HMRC. Also due to attend are representatives from AHR Architects; b-spokes; Blue Triangle (Glasgow) Housing Association; Capital City Partnership; City of Glasgow College; Deloitte; Dougall Baillie Associates; East Ayrshire Council; First Glasgow; Firstgroup; Get Glasgow Moving; Glasgow Caledonian University; Glasgow City Council, Community Empowerment Services; Golden Jubilee National Hospital; HOK; Itron; Kelvin Clarke Transportation; McLaren Packaging; Mediaeval GlasgowTrust; Newcastle University; NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde; Passion 4 Social CIC; Pick Everard; Queen's University Belfast; Renfrewshir Council; Rocket Science UK; Scottish Futures Trust; Stagecoach West Scotland; The Highland Council; The Open University; University of Dundee; University of Glasgow; University of Strathclyde; University of the West of Scotland and Zero Waste Scotland.

Press passes have been reserved by representatives from The Herald and The Herald on Sunday.

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, is 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

Price: £95 PLUS VAT

Shortly after every Scotland Policy Conferences seminar, a briefing document is produced. This is distributed to all delegates on the day as well as to our policymaker contacts in government, and to stakeholders more widely.

A seminar publication provides a timely record of proceedings, and acts as a guide to the latest thinking on current policy issues for those unable to be at the event.

This publication includes


Contributions from keynotes and panellists, including accompanying slides*
*Subject to approval

Delegate Pack

Information from the day, including delegate list, biographies and agenda


Transcript of questions and comments posed to speakers from attending delegates


Supplementary articles from speakers
and delegates