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New Industries, New Jobs? Should the government help industry to thrive?

Thursday, 18 March 2010
11:00 - 13:00
The Work Foundation, 21 Palmer Street, SW1H 0AD

Time: 11:00 for 11:30 to 13:00 (followed by a light lunch)

Who should attend?
City leaders, regional development agencies, government affairs, decision makers in the civic, education, business and third sector

The Event:
The General Election is looming, and the three major parties are forming plans for industrial policy, business support and economic development in the next parliament. Each has a different vision of what is needed to take the country into economic recovery and growth – and the different policies will have varying implications for businesses, cities and individuals.

This special event, for invited members of the Ideopolis City Leadership Network and Partners of The Work Foundation, will give speakers from each party the opportunity to inform this select audience of their policies. Questions that we envisage will be answered include:

  • What are the drivers of future economic growth? How can growth be achieved? What sectors are likely to lead the recovery?
  • What are the ‘industrial policy levers’ at the government’s disposal? How do these vary at national, regional and local level?
  • What role can government and cities play in facilitating their growth in future?
  • How can the resurgence of urban areas be sustained in a period of tight public spending and weak demand?
  • What support or incentives will be offered to entrepreneurs?


  • Will Hutton, Executive Vice Chair, The Work Foundation (chair)
  • Pat McFadden MP, Minister for Business, Innovation and Skills (invited)
  • John Penrose MP, Conservatives Shadow Business Minister (invited)
  • Lorely Burt, Liberal Democrats Shadow Minister for Business Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (invited) 

       This event is exclusively for The Work Foundation’s network of Partnership and City Leadership organisations 

                                                                         There is no fee to attend.

To reserve your place on this event, please email partnership team and include your name, company, job title, email address and telephone number.

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