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‘Local Industrial Strategies – A Clean Revolution for the WM?’ SWM Annual Conference – 3/12/18


3 December 2018


09:00-14:30 including lunch (our AGM will follow from 14:30)


Edgbaston Park Hotel

, 53 Edgbaston Park Road, Birmingham, B15 2RS.

University train station is a 15-minute walk, with a high-frequency 6-minute service direct to Birmingham New Street. The 98 bus stops right outside. It picks up from the city centre by New Street Station. Electric vehicle charging is available.From Birmingham city centre, it’s a 2-mile drive to the hotel, which should take around 11 minutes. Parking is available at the venue or alternatively at the multi-storey car park accessed via Pritchatts Road, just around the corner.




Leaders and their advisers from the public, private and third sectors. Senior level policy and decision makers willing to work together for a positive future for the West Midlands.

The event

Our keynoteMyles Allen

is head of the University of Oxford’s Climate Research Programme and lead contributing author of the recently published IPCC Special Report on the impacts of global warming of 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels. We’re thrilled that he will provide the keynote at our conference, offering his synthesis of the report and opportunities for action. Our theme The modern Industrial Strategy set out the Government’s ambition to increase productivity and earning power across the country. Local Industrial Strategies (LIS) are intended to deepen partnerships and establish new ways of working between national and local government, and the public and private sectors. The Government published their Policy Prospectus in October, setting out the objectives, policy rationale and approach to developing LIS in partnership with places. The West Midlands Combined Authority will be one of the first areas in the country to deliver its own Local Industrial Strategy by March 2019. A progress statement was issued by Government in October and consultation on the strategy is open until the 08 November. Worcestershire, the Marches and Stoke and Staffordshire LEPs will produce their LIS for agreement with Government by early 2020. Our Annual Conference will provide an opportunity to hear from the WMCA and all other West Midlands LEPs on the how their LIS will drive continued business growth and productivity improvements, in a way that ensures all our residents and communities feel the benefits. Michael Gallagher, Regional Energy Projects Manager at the newly established Midlands Energy Hub, will present on their future priorities to deliver energy related projects across the region. Workshops will include an opportunity for stakeholders to shape the delivery of sector action plans and scale up existing good practice across the region. They will be a chance to help Worcestershire, the Marches and Stoke and Staffordshire LEPs develop their LIS and highlight the benefits of partnerships and collaboration. The full agenda for the conference is available here. Booking and further information Our members are entitled to one free place. The fee to attend for non-members is:

  • £20 plus VAT third sector
  • £50 plus VAT public sector
  • £100 plus VAT private sector

Please note that non-attendance without prior written notification will result in a charge of £100 plus VAT. REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED. For further information, please email enquiries@swm.org.uk or ring 0121 237 5890. Sponsorship Opportunities

  • Prime Sponsor Package – £5,000 plus VAT
  • Exhibitor Package – £600 plus VAT
  • Lunch Package – £300 plus VAT and
  • Exhibitor and Lunch Package – £800 plus VAT

To see the full list of benefits, download our sponsorship opportunities flyer.

Exhibitors and Sponsors

We are grateful for the support of our exhibitors: Environment Agency, Priva, Thorlux LightingCenex, Fit for the Future, Innovation Alliance for the West Midlands, Groundwork West Midlands, IEMABirmingham and Black Country Wildlife Trust.



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