Regional and Industrial Growth Strategy

We are delighted to be joined by Jim McMahon MP, Shadow Minister, Communities and Local Government (Devolution), for the first event in a series of private roundtables focusing on tackling social, political and economic exclusion. In particular, exploring the experience of groups for whom globalisation is not seen as a positive force, and who feel disengaged or excluded from the UK’s economic prosperity and political system.

This discussion, kindly sponsored by JRF, will focus on setting out a prioritised agenda for the new Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), particularly looking at how targeted interventions and investment can breathe new life into post-industrial and economically stagnant towns. The aim is to discuss the socio-economic performance of areas undergoing structural changes to their labour markets during both growth and austerity periods. It will examine how the mixed fortunes of Britain’s towns and cities manifested in the EU Referendum, and how devolution and new forms of governance needs to ensure future economic growth is more widely shared across the country. The event will also focus on how skills reform and R&D investment could encourage new forms of profitable manufacturing outside of the EU, and prepare citizens for a more flexible future labour market.

This event is by invitation only. If you are interested in contributing, please email [email protected] for further information.