Last Thursday (19th April) saw Integreat Plus’ Learning Lunch events move to Leeds. After many successful lunches based in Sheffield, DLA Piper kindly agreed to host the event and made sure all our guests were very well looked after. Thank you also to the Institute of Economic Development for their continued support. The session proved invaluable to those wanting to learn more about the Leeds City Region, with talks from Head of Leeds City Region Secretariat Rob Norreys and Professor John Shutt.
After a short introduction by our very own Richard Motley, Professor John Shutt took to the stage to talk about the Leeds LEP in context and discuss the Smith Institute’s “Changing Gear – Is Regionalism the New Localism?” report, in which he has been involved with. The changing framework for regional economic development and localism in the UK is a hot topic, with a packed meeting room keen to hear the views of those involved. Professor John Shutt gave an insight into the performance of LEPS not only in the region but also further afield, making comparisons to those in the North East. A copy of the Smith Institute’s Report can be found here
Head of Leeds City Region Secretariat, Rob Norreys then gave a detailed and exclusive look into the work of the Leeds City Region LEP a year into its existance; and from the amount of work that has been undertaken, the LEPs small team have been working very hard! The speech covered a wide range of topics, from working with smaller businesses for the Regional Growth Fund to using Twitter to get the message out. It was a stimulating talk throughout, judging by the reaction on social media from some of those listening on it seems social networking is becoming a key part of such projects.
The wide range of people attended the Learning Lunch and the array of questions posed to the speakers afterwards shows how the interest in the role of LEPs comes from all backgrounds. All in all, our first Learning Lunch in Leeds was a success, so much so that we will be back in the City in June for an event looking at the Centre for Low Carbon Futures review of the Economics of Low Carbon Cities, more information can be found here
Professor John Shutt, Leeds Met
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