Clone of Maximising tourism in town centre economies: engaging with Local Enterprise Partnerships

London - 14 April 2011

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About the seminar

The Coalition Government has announced its intention to launch a £4 million fund aimed at boosting the capacity of the new public-private local enterprise partnerships (LEPs). The Prime Minister views LEPs as absolutely key to economic growth, stating recently that: ‘New LEPs are already working with business leaders to get big local projects off the ground to boost growth.’

Thirty one LEPs have been given the go-ahead and the first round of applications to the £1.4bn Regional Growth Fund is now being processed.

The Government is keen that these partnerships move forward quickly and establish their boards, of which business representatives are expected to form half. LEPs now face the challenge of extensive engagement with a broad range of groups before their start date next April.

This seminar will consider how those already involved in town centre economies should understand and approach LEP engagement. With a basis in understanding governance structure, the main focus will be on tourism, historic, and market town economies.

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Bircham Dyson Bell, 50 Broadway, London SW1H 0BL 

Who should attend:

Local Authority elected members and officers from all disciplines; community leaders and representatives of community groups, civic and amenity societies; professionals concerned with all aspects of planning, conservation, tourism, traffic management, urban design and economic development; members of Local Enterprise Partnerships and those wishing to engage with LEPs; anyone from within the tourism industry.


9.00Coffee and registration 
9.30Welcome and introductionDebbie Dance, HTF Chair
Session 1:  Governance and engagement
9.40Opportunities and Expectations – the role of Local Enterprise PartnershipsPhilip Mind, Senior Policy Consultant, Local Government Association
10.00Keynote speech - A new landscape for English tourismJames Berresford, Chief Executive, VisitEngland
10.20Legal implications of LEPsNick Evans, Partner, Bircham Dyson Bell
10.40Break and networking 
Session 2:  Planning for town economies
11.10Partnerships for success: planning heritage and tourismBrian Human, Executive Member, Historic Towns Forum
11.30Town centre economies and Local Enterprise Partnerships (getting on the radar)Mike King, Senior Research Consultant, Action for Market Towns
11.50Break and networking 
Session 3:  Working together
12.10How best to engage with your Local Enterprise Partnership
Round table debate including LEPs and members of the panel
Led by Kurt Janson, Policy Director, Tourism Alliance,
with Eloise Appleby, Assistant Director (Economic Prosperity), Winchester City Council
and Tim Passmore, Chief Executive, Choose Suffolk and Leader, Mid Suffolk District Council
1.10Next steps and round up 
1.30Lunch and networking 


FeesHTF MembersNon Members
Include refreshments and lunch£70£99
Special fee: for two attending from the same organisation one place is offered at half price
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