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Midlands Engine

'The UK's New Growth Capital'

Tuesday 18th September - The Vox Conference Centre, Resorts World, Birmingham

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Keynote Address - The UK’s New Growth Capital

The Mayor will provide an update on the progress of the WMCA over the past 12 months, the big wins in the region and the strategy going forward. He will provide an insight into the challenges of meeting the plan and will outline the critical success factors in achieving the growth targets.

Panel Session 1 - Creating the Landscape for Growth

In this session Leaders from across the West Midlands will discuss their part in the region’s growth; what progress has been made and where they see their challenges and opportunities. We will also explore their ambitions and how they see the outlook for their domains.

The Big Ideas

In a series of three ‘quick-fire’ presentations we will look at three of the ‘Big Ideas’ from across the region and discuss how these game-changing initiatives will positively impact the region’s growth prospects!

Investing in the West Midlands

In a series of three ‘quick-fire’ presentations, we will look at examples of three key inward investment projects, to understand what attracted the investors, what their ambitions are and how they see their future involvement in regional activities and growth.

Breakout Session 1 - World Class Developments

This session will provide the opportunity to see some of the game-changing projects that are planned across the region; with six Pecha-Kucha presentations (two projects from each LEP area).

Breakout Session 2 - Building the Future

This session will provide the opportunity to understand the WMCA’s key growth sectors, technologies, and areas of excellence. It will give a great insight into the future shape of the region.

Breakout Session 3 - The Next Generation

This session will provide presentations via case studies from three successful SME’s, and shed light, via a panel session, on the critical success factors, what lessons were learnt and how these organisations achieved their ambitions.

Commonwealth Games

The award of the Commonwealth Games is a massive boost to the region - we celebrate and highlight what it means to the West Midlands.

Coventry City of Culture

In a short presentation we will look at Coventry’s amazing achievement. What impacts will the “City of Culture” have on Coventry and across the region? How its legacy can be exploited for the long-term benefit of all?

Keynote - Inclusive Growth a Place for all!

Deborah Cadman OBE, Chief Executive of the West Midlands Combined Authority, will share her vision and economic growth plan; for the West Midlands. How it will benefit all - across all communities, ethnic groups and demographics.

Panel Session 2 - Living & Thriving

In this session we will pick up on the theme of ‘Inclusive Growth’ and explore how we create communities that thrive and places where people want to live and work; how we use the regeneration process to inspire the next generation.

Panel Session 3 - Delivering More Homes

The West Midlands Combined Authority has set itself a major task to deliver 215,000 more homes by 2030. In this session we will explore this challenge to understand how the target can be achieved, what hurdles need to be overcome and what part modular construction could plan in aiding labour and skills shortages.

The Grand Finale!

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