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An in-person half-day conference to discuss the big economic reforms this Conservative Government could take this decade.

The Prime Minister has spoken about leading a ‘One Nation’ Government that boosts the regions and so-called ‘left-behind’ areas. If the 2010s was defined, economically, by a period of fiscal retrenchment, what will the 2020s look like?

This conference will bring together politicians, civil servants, special advisers, opinion formers, academics, businesses, social enterprises, NGOs and other groups that are interested in discussing the big economic reforms this Conservative Government could take this decade.

The conference will feature a keynote speech from Greg Hands MP, Minister of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, as well as a series of other panel sessions with leading decision makers and opinion formers. There will be ample opportunities for delegates to network between event sessions.

08:30am | Registration

08.40am | Welcome by The Rt Hon Lord Adebowale CBE, Chair of Social Enterprise UK
08:45 am | Keynote speech by Greg Hands MP, Minister of State for Business, Energy and Clean Growth
09:15am Q&A session led by Ryan Shorthouse, Chief Executive of Bright Blue

09.45am Networking coffee break: Winner of the Bright Blue 2020 Tamworth Prize, Oliver Tinker, speaks about his vision of ‘One Nation’ conservatism

10:25am Panel discussion – Levelling up: regenerating ‘left behind’ areas

  • Jake Berry MP, Chair, Northern Research Group
  • Cllr Abi Brown, Leader, Stoke-on-Trent City Council
  • Ben Chu, Economics Editor, BBC Newsnight
  • Prof Michael Kenny, Co-Director, Bennett Institute for Public Policy and Professor at the University of Cambridge
  • Michelle York, Commercial Director, Nuneaton Signs
  • Diane Banks, Non-Executive Director, Bright Blue (Chair)

Attendees can submit questions, before or during the event, via Slido here or by using the code: #brightblue1

11:25am Networking coffee break

11.55am Panel discussion – Levelling up: a greener economy?

  • Peter Gibson MP, Vice-Chair, Northern Powerhouse APPG
  • Cllr Oliver Cooper, Leader, Camden Conservatives
  • Tommy Ricketts, Founder, Be Zero Campaign
  • Louisa Zane, Chief Operating Officer, Toast Ale
  • Andrew O’Brien, Director of External Affairs, Social Enterprise UK and Associate Fellow, Bright Blue (Chair)

Attendees can submit questions, before or during the event, via Slido here or by using the code: #brightblue2

12:55pm Closing remarks from Ryan Shorthouse, Chief Executive of Bright Blue
13:00pm Conference ends

Date:

Wednesday 26th January 2022, 08:30am – 13:00pm

Location:

The British Academy, 10-11 Carlton House Terrace, St. James’s, London SW1Y 5AH

There will be a livestream of the conference available to watch remotely.

RSVP:

This event is free and open to all, but pre-registration through Eventbrite is required. Please RSVP here.

If you have any questions about the event please contact Joseph Silke, our Communications Manager, joseph@brightblue.org.uk.

 

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