The latest policy updates, expert advice and case studies to ensure sustainable growth in the North

This 8th annual Northern Growth Summit will bring together over 200 economic development and regeneration professionals from across the private, public and voluntary sectors, as well as 30 high-level speakers and service providers to discuss and debate the latest and most pertinent regeneration, economic and social issues facing the North today in a pursuit to achieve Northern growth.

2012 Speakers include:

  • Professor Michael Parkinson CBE
    Professor Michael Parkinson CBE Director of the European Institute for Urban Affairs Liverpool John Moores University
    Alison Munro
    Alison Munro Chief Executive High Speed Two Limited
    Pat Ritchie
    Pat Ritchie Chief Executive Homes & Communities Agency
  • Neil McLean
    Neil McLean Chair Leeds City Region LEP
    Ed Cox
    Ed Cox Director ippr north
    Alexandra Jones
    Alexandra Jones Chief Executive Centre for Cities
  • Nahid Majid
    Nahid Majid Director Design Council Cabe
    John Tatham
    John Tatham Partnerships Director Igloo Regeneration
    Deborah McLaughlin
    Deborah McLaughlin Executive Director, North West Homes & Communities Agency
  • Alison Seabrooke
    Alison Seabrooke Chief Executive Community Development Foundation
    Martin Blackwell
    Martin Blackwell Chief Executive Association of Town Centre Management and Chair National Town Team
    Ben Hughes
    Ben Hughes Chief Executive Community Development Finance Association

View 2012 Programme & Speaker Line-up

Top 5 reasons to attend:

1) Understand the new powers and resources that Whitehall is devolving to drive growth

2) Identify the opportunities arising from major infrastructure projects such as High Speed 2 and the Northern Hub rail project

3) Benefit from expert analysis of economic trends in the North

4) Hear first hand from the public officials charged with facilitating and funding northern growth initiatives

5) Tailor your day to fit your interests, choosing from five specialist workshop streams

Chairman’s Letter To Delegates

“Across the North, despite challenges, there is still a lot of economic development, planning and thinking going on. The Government’s policy agenda – especially rebalancing the national economy – should provide opportunities for our region. But it’s partly up to us seize and exploit them. Come and find  out what different people and places are doing on this agenda and contribute to the crucial debate about how we can deliver real, sustainable economic  growth, development and regeneration in the North.”
Professor Michael Parkinson, Director of the European Institute for Urban Affairs, Liverpool John Moores University

Editor’s Letter To Delegates

“The Government’s localism agenda puts the onus on the north’s civic and business leaders to find their own approaches to driving economic growth. Responsibility for most aspects of economic development has been devolved from national and regional bodies to local authorities and business-led local enterprise partnerships, along with certain additional powers and resources. This event identifies the opportunities and challenges that this transfer of  responsibility presents, and explore how growth in the North can be pursued in ways that will maximise benefits to local communities.”
Richard Garlick, Editor, Regeneration & Renewal

Why is this event the ONE for you?

  • Ensure you maintain regeneration momentum in the North and achieve solutions to the toughest challenges that you are facing now.
  • A one-day, comprehensive and compact programme with purely business critical content to maximise your time out of the office
  • Make the most out of your day through our streamed programme and pick the sessions most relevant and important to you
  • A well-balanced combination of expert overviews and on-the-ground case studies
  • An unrivalled networking opportunity to meet peers from across the public, private and voluntary sectors
  • In previous years, this event has received an unrivalled 100% delegate satisfaction rate. Delegate comments included:

“Interesting, relevant & informative”
Head of Regeneration & Housing, Hyndburn Borough Council

“A useful snapshot for regeneration challenges & approaches in the North”
Planning Manager, HCA

“Excellent update on relevant issues”
Partner, VK Property Consultants LLP

Who will be there?

This event is the industry meeting place for regeneration and development professionals from across the private, public and voluntary sectors in the North. Join the regeneration debate alongside 100s of your fellow peers and a speaker line-up made of renowned industry leaders.


If you are interested in partnering with the Northern Growth Summit
please email Natasha Woodwal.

This conference will bring together over 200 regeneration and development professionals from across the private, public and voluntary sectors, as well as 30 high-level speakers and service providers to discuss and debate the latest and most pertinent regeneration, economic development, social and community renewal issues facing the North today:

Topics to be addressed include:

City deals – what is the intension behind city deals and how it will work on the ground

Local Enterprise Partnerships – how have they progressed 2 years on and what are their future plans?

Youth Unemployment – creating opportunities, addressing the skills gap and building sustainable employment

National Planning Policy Framework – what has it achieved by October and how can you put NPPF into action?

Enterprise Zones – how are they practically working and what are the strategic opportunities within and around the Enterprise Zone?

European Funding & JESSICA – how is it working and who has access to it?

Neighbourhood Planning – who is using neighbourhood planning, where else can it be used and how is it working in practice?

Town Centres, High Streets & Business Improvement Districts – what are the challenges facing town centres and highstreets and how can these be overcome? Are BIDs the answer?