An Inclusive Strategy for the Sheffield City Region - SIPS roundtable event

Start date: 
Thu, 26/10/2017
Closing date: 
Thu, 26/10/2017
Sheffield Hallam University, Charles Street Building, Room 12/05/08
Event contact: 
Sheffield Institute for Policy Studies

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SIPS and CRESR are delighted to announce this round table event to discuss the City Region's established and emerging economic strengths, the development of its Industrial Strategy, and how it relates to the UK government's overall industrial ambitions.

Economic development is at the heart of the government's agenda for devolution in England. In 2014 the Sheffield City Region established its Strategic Economic Plan to guide the vision and direction of the city region's growth ambitions. It set the challenging target for over 70,000 jobs to be created within ten years-- a target that latest analysis suggests is well on track.

The City Region is now at a crucial point in the realisation of its ambitions. Having secured several devolution agreements with Treasury, work is ongoing to ensure that political leadership and governance structures can coalesce in order to seize the opportunity. A new economic plan is being prepared to guide the next stage of the city region's strategy. Inclusive growth will be at the heart of this strategy.

This is a timely opportunity to think about what the city region needs next to ensure its economy continues to strengthen but also how this can be done that deliver the maximum benefits for people and places throughout the city region -- so-called 'good growth'.

This round table will discuss what the city region's contribution to the UK's economy is, what it needs to do to deliver more good growth, and what challenges it needs to overcome to achieve that.

Speakers will offer a balanced range of perspectives from government, industry and academia. There will be opportunity for questions, discussion and networking.


Fiona Boden (SCR Executive Team)

Fiona is Assistant Director of Policy at the Sheffield City Region Executive Team, which support to both the Combined Authority and the Local Enterprise Partnership. Following on from its Strategic Economic Plan agreed in 2014, the City Region is currently in the process of refreshing this document. This will culminate in the production of an Inclusive Industrial Strategy for the Sheffield City Region, which will set out its vision for growth.

Cassie Houlden (Ekosgen, independent economic development consultancy)

Cassie has nearly twenty years’ experience in local economic development. Cassie has worked in the public, academic and private sectors, and has been involved in economic development within Sheffield City Region throughout her career at ekosgen, as well as working in the North East, North West and East and West Midlands for clients including local authorities, LEPs and Combined Authorities, Universities and other education providers, the voluntary and community sector and private businesses. Cassie leads on economic analysis, economic strategy development and evaluating economic impact for ekosgen. She has recently returned from a nine-month secondment at Sheffield City Council, where she was Head of Economic Strategy and Marketing Sheffield.

Steve Fothergill (Sheffield Hallam University)

Steve Fothergill is a Professor within the Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research (CRESR) at Sheffield Hallam University. He has written extensively on many aspect of UK urban and regional development and is co-author of the recent report Industrial Strategy and the Regions.

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