Industrial Strategy Symposium: defining the region's future for people, jobs and skills

This is an Ideas in Practice Symposium hosted by Leeds University Business School

Leeds University Business School invites you to a one day Symposium on regional industrial strategy. Politicians, representatives from the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy together with experts in business and industrial regeneration have accepted invitations to participate. Discussion will be based around themes identified in the recent government White Paper on Industrial Strategy.

A particular focus on the Symposium will be on the People Theme within the Industrial Strategy White Paper and this will be discussed in the context of the overall strategy document and its implications for the northern region. The rationale for the symposium is to generate debate on the desirability and nature of industrial strategy in the region and through the world class business research generated by Leeds University Business School, to offer support to regional politicians and business leaders in their development of strategy.

The event is hosted by Leeds University Business School

Event format

9.00am Registration and refreshments
  Session 1: People, Jobs and Skills
  Chair: Professor Mark Stuart, Montague Burton Professor of Human Resource Management and Employment Relations, Director of Centre for Employment Relations, Innovation and Change (CERIC)
9.30am Professor Timothy Devinney: Welcome from Leeds University Business School
  Professor Mark Stuart: Welcome and introduction to the day
9.45am Peter Box, Leader Wakefield Council
  Presentation Title: The Industrial Strategy: The Local Dimension
10.00am Alasdair McDiarmid, Operations Director, Community the Union
  Presentation Title: Fighting to Save Our Steel
10.15am Andrew Battarbee, Area Director – Yorkshire and Humber and the North East, BEIS
  Presentation title: Local Industrial Strategies and People: A Government Perspective
10.30am Q&A and Open Discussion
11.00am Tea/Coffee break
  Session 2: Industry and Manufacturing
  Chair: Ian Greenwood, Associate Professor in Industrial Relations and Human Resource Management
11.15am Paul Johnson, Policy and Research Officer, The Industrial Communities Alliance
  Presentation Title: The Narrow Sectoral Focus of the Government’s Industrial Strategy Won’t Benefit The North
11.30am Tony Burke, Assistant General Secretary, Unite the Union
  Presentation Title: Industrial Strategy: The Future of UK Manufacturing
11.45am Richard Halstead, Membership Engagement Director - North, EEF, the manufacturers' organisation
  Presentation title: UK Manufacturing and the 4th Industrial Revolution
12:00 noon Q&A and Open Discussion
12.15pm Networking lunch
  Session 3: Regional Economic Policy
  Chair: Professor Steve Toms, Chair in Accounting, Director of Research for Accounting and Finance
1.00pm Hilary Benn MP, Central Leeds
1.30pm Mark Goldstone, Head of Business Representation and Policy, West and North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce
  Presentation title: Why 'Place' Matters - A Regional Business Response to the Industrial Strategy
1.45pm Q&A
  Session 4: Group Discussions
  Chair: Joanne Cutter, Lecturer in Management Consulting, Work and Employment Relations Division and Centre for Employment Relations, Innovation and Change
2.15pm Regional Industrial Strategy Groups: Themes to be decided on the day subject to the presentations and discussions with facilitators Faye McAnulla, Andy Brown and Iain Clacher.
3.15pm Report back from discussion groups
  Session 5: Plenary Session
  Discussion led by Mark Stuart and Ian Greenwood
3.45pm Next steps
4.30pm Event close

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