Building Effective Regional Economic Partnerships

29 May 2019 (13:30 - 16:30)
CoSLA Conference Centre, 19 Haymarket Yards, Edinburgh, EH12 5BH

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£25 (EDAS members); £50 (non-members). Fees are subject to VAT. (Join today to receive the member rate)


About the Event

Looking at regional approaches to economic development, the event will share recent research commissioned by Scotland’s Centre for Regional Inclusive Growth (SCRIG) and Scottish Futures Trust (SFT) as well as examples of regional economic partnership working in Scotland and beyond. Reporting on Oxford Economics' research, we will hear about approaches, opportunities and challenges for regional partnership working in Scotland. In addition to this new analysis and current practice case studies, the event provides a vital opportunity to discuss knowledge gaps for policy makers and practitioners in areas such as the development of regional strategies; asset identification and utilisation; innovative funding; project and business case development; governance, policy coordination and capacity; and integrating industry development. The identified areas of greatest interest will then be taken forward and shaped into practical learning sessions throughout 2019 – 20.


Who Should Attend?

This session will be of interest and practical application to those involved or with an interest in policy and delivery in a regional context, such as policy makers and practitioners in local and national government, enterprise and skills agencies, higher and further education, the voluntary sector, consultancies, and industry and business representative bodies.


Agenda* may be subject to change

13:30            Arrival and Coffee

14:00            Welcome 

Robert Pollock, Chair of EDAS

14:05            Scottish Government Policy Ambition for Regional Inclusive Growth

Stephen White, Head of Place Based Economic Development, Scottish Government

14:15            Oxford Economics Research: International Research on Regional Economies: Implications for Delivering Inclusive Growth in Scotland

Neil Rutherford, Associate Director, Scottish Futures Trust and Richard Holt, Head of Global Cities Research, Oxford Economics

14:45            Q & A

15:00            International Case Study

Rikke Margrethe Friis, Director and Chief Economist, Danske Regioner

15:20            Panel Discussion

Rikke Margrethe Friis, Director and Chief Economist, Danske Regioner

Sharon Hodgson, Head of Ayrshire Growth Deal

Elaine Morrison, Head of Partnerships, Scottish Enterprise

Richard Sweetnam, Chief Officer, City Growth, Aberdeen City Council

15.50            Identifying the Knowledge Gaps 

Chair-led discussion to identify audience gaps in knowledge – consider these as topics for future learning events.

16.15            Closing Remarks (c.16.30 finish)



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