Fit for the Future II – 17/10/17

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Date of presentations

17 October 2017


Dr. Simon Slater, SWM (Chair)
Samantha Kennedy, BEIS
Helen Pearce, BEIS (and workshop 1 lead)
Alan Carr, SWM
Mark Schneider, West Midlands International Service
Neil Evans, Regeneris
Paul Bourgeois, Greater Cambridge Greater Peterborough LEP (and workshop 1 lead)
Todd Holden, The Growth Company, Greater Manchester
James Johnson, Liverpool City Region LEP
Alex Minshull, Bristol City Council
Tim German, Energy Systems Catapult
Anna Bright, SWM (workshop 2 lead)

Purpose of the presentations

Fit for the Future II brought together representatives from Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs), city regions and combined authorities from across the country to:

  • Share good practice in carbon reduction, energy, promoting the low carbon economy and tackling climate change.
  • Gain support from BEIS and national experts and get up to speed with national policy and funding from a low carbon, energy and climate change perspective.
  • Help energy, low carbon and sustainability champions within LEPs, combined authorities and city regions to make connections and identify collaboration opportunities.

The event was funded by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) who gave an overview of the national and local energy landscape and support along with facilitating a workshop on the new funding available for LEPs to develop an energy strategy. There was an update on the result of the new Fit for the Future research and analysis (see below), good practice from around the country and an offer of support for event sponsor Energy Systems Catapult.

The event was run alongside the publication of a new suite of reports (to come soon) looking at the analysis of low carbon, energy and climate resilience commitment in LEPs, city regions and combined authorities, as well comparison of these with European areas and an in-depth analysis of the low carbon strand of European Regional Development Funds.


100% of attendees thought the event was organised to a good or excellent standard
93% thought the content was good to excellent
91% considered the aims were met to a good or excellent standard

“Really good event; huge amount of learning and ideas generated. It is an essential fixture to bring LEPs up-to-speed with peers and experts. Thanks.”

“This was a fantastic event – thanks for inviting me, great networking.”

“Support would be helpful to integrate sustainability priorities throughout investment decisions/governance.”

Links and Contact Information

For more information contact or call 0121 237 5890.


Notes from workshop 1 – energy strategies (led by BEIS)
Notes from workshop 2 – sharing ideas and good practice (led by SWM)

Local Energy – Helen Pearce, BEIS
Benchmarking of LEPs, city regions and combined authorities – Alan Carr, SWM
Comparison of UK to Europe and covenant of mayors – Mark Schneider, WMIS
Analysis of low carbon ERDF – Neil Evans, Regeneris
LEPs and Local Energy report – James Johnson, Liverpool LEP
Good practice 1 – Paul Bourgeois, GCGP LEP
Good practice 2 – Todd Holden, on behalf of Manchester LEP/combined authority
Good practice 3 – James Johnson, Liverpool LEP
Good practice 4 – Alex Minshull, Bristol City Council
Video of Bristol Energy initiative (not included at event)
Offer of support – Tim German, Energy Systems Catapult
Slides from workshop 2

A big wave to BEIS
Simon Slater, Chair, commencing proceedings
Todd Holden from winners Manchester
BEIS panel
Beautiful day for it in Brum!