Maximising historic town centre economies: engaging with Local Enterprise Partnerships - Bury St Edmunds, 28 July 2011

Bury St Edmunds - 28 July 2011


About the seminar

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Local Enterprise Partnerships are under huge pressure to drive sustainable economic growth and realise the business and economic potential of the local community, but it would be hard to achieve these goals without sufficient engagement with the communities in which they are based. Engagement is vital in order to develop sustainable business models.

The Government is keen that these partnerships move forward quickly and establish their boards, of which business representatives are expected to form half. LEPs now face the challenge of extensive engagement with a broad range of groups before their start date next April.

This seminar will consider how those already involved in town centre economies should understand and approach LEP engagement. With a basis in understanding governance structure, the main focus will be on tourism, historic, and market town economies.

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St Edmundsbury Borough Council Offices, West Suffolk House, Western Way, Bury St Edmunds IP33 3YU

Who should attend:

Local Authority elected members and officers from all disciplines; Community, Parish and Town Councils, community leaders and representatives of community groups, civic and amenity societies; professionals concerned with all aspects of planning, conservation, tourism, traffic management, urban design and economic development; members of Local Enterprise Partnerships and those wishing to engage with LEPs; anyone from within the tourism industry.


9.00 Coffee and registration  
9.30 Welcome and introduction Noël James, HTF Director and
John Griffiths, Leader of St Edmundsbury Borough Council
Session 1:  Governance and engagement
9.40 Opportunities and Expectations – the role of Local Enterprise Partnerships Philip Mind, Senior Policy Consultant, Local Government Association
10.00 Keynote speech - A new landscape for English tourism Lyndsey Swift, Head of Partnerships, VisitEngland
10.20 Legal implications of LEPs Nick Evans, Partner, Bircham Dyson Bell
10.40 Q&A  
10.55 Break and networking  
Session 2:  Planning for town economies
11.10 Partnerships for success: planning heritage and tourism Brian Human, Executive Member, Historic Towns Forum
11.30 Town centre economies and LEPs (getting on the radar) Mike King, Senior Research Consultant,
Action for Market Towns
11.50 Town centre managment and LEPs Martin Blackwell, Chief Executive, The Association of Town Centre Management
12.10 Q&A  
12.20 Break and networking  
Session 3:  Working together

How best to engage with your Local Enterprise Partnership -
round table debate including LEPs and members of the panel -
questions taken in advance and from the floor

Led by Kurt Janson, Policy Director, Tourism Alliance, with
Chris Starkie, Shaping Norfolk's Future,
Alex Plant, Strategic Director of the Greater Cambridge Greater Peterborough Local Enterprise Partnership and
Tim Passmore, Chief Executive, Choose Suffolk and Leader, Mid Suffolk District Council
1.20 Next steps and round up  
1.30 Lunch and networking  
2.30 Finish  
Fees HTF Members Non Members
Single bookings £90 £120
OFFER: Second place booked from the same organisation £50 £80

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