The impacts of the coronavirus pandemic have touched all parts of society including our towns and cities.

The way we live, work, travel and socialise has been transformed overnight with potentially long-lasting impacts on society and the economy. Join expert speakers from business and civil society at this virtual conference to examine the future of commuting, the role of technology and consider how UK towns and cities can rise to the challenge of tackling net-zero and competing globally.

Why Attend

  • Item 1

    Learn how towns and cities can thrive post-pandemic

  • Item 2

    Gain insight from expert speakers in business and civil society

  • Item 3

    Discover how your business can contribute to the revival of urban life

Our Speakers

Confirmed speakers include:


Conference Programme

  • 09:30
    Tony Danker
    Tony Danker

    CBI Director-General's keynote address

    Live session

    Speakers
    • Tony Danker
      Tony Danker Director-General, CBI ​
  • 10:00
    Speakers to be announced
    Speakers to be announced

    Panel discussion: The evolution of work

    Live session

    This discussion will address:

    • What do we know about the shift to flexible working?
    • How can businesses successfully engage their employees to achieve a healthy and productive workplace fit for the future?
    • How will greater flexibility in where, when and how we work impact cities, towns and rural areas?
  • 11:00
    Melanie Leech
    Melanie Leech

    Panel discussion: The changing nature of commercial property​

    On-demand content

    • Based on the shifting needs of people and firms, what will town and city centres look like post-pandemic, and in 10 years’ time?​
    • How dependent are people on face-to-face interactions whether shopping, socialising or working, and how will this impact the built environment?​
    • What can be done with currently vacant commercial space? Is there too much? What new opportunities exist?​
    • How might the changing use of space affect investment into commercial property?
    Speakers
    • Melanie Leech
      Melanie Leech Chief Executive, British Property Federation​
    • Richard Morris
      Richard Morris CEO, IWG UK
  • 14:00
    Sophie Birshan
    Sophie Birshan

    Panel discussion: Technologically advanced high streets​

    Live session

    This discussion will address:

    • Should technology on the high street be embraced or feared?​
    • Has consumer behaviour shifted away from what people would traditionally expect to find on the high street?​
    • What technologies will be the most transformational to urban life including retail and hospitality?​
    • Do potential societal implications for consumers such as the use of personal data outweigh a more tailored experience?​

     

    Speakers
    • Sophie Birshan
      Sophie Birshan Head of Industry, Retail, Google
    • Felicity Burch
      Felicity Burch Director of Innovation, CBI
  • 15:00
    Professor Greg Clarke
    Professor Greg Clarke

    Interview pairs

    On-demand content

    Pair 1: In Discussion with

    • What does the future of the UK economy look like in 10 years’ time?​
    • How will the role of towns and cities evolve as we emerge from the pandemic?​
    • How can UK towns and cities innovate and compete internationally? What are our advantages and disadvantages?​

    Pair 2: What enables places like Silicon Valley to lead internationally?

    • ​Are clusters like California’s Silicon Valley and Detroit’s Motor City still relevant? What should the UK prioritise?
    • What are the benefits of agglomeration for cities, towns and rural areas? How can places identify and build upon their strengths?​
    • What is needed to have the right mix of ingredients in the right place at the right time?
    Speakers
    • Professor Greg Clarke
      Professor Greg Clarke Chair of Connected Places Catapult, Global Head of Future Cities and New Industries, HSBC Group
  • 17:00
    Deborah Cadman OBE
    Deborah Cadman OBE

    Panel discussion: Maximising levelling up opportunities

    Live session

    This discussion will address:

    • How should we address the inequitable impact of the pandemic? How can we become bolder and more ambitious moving forward?​
    • What are the changes required for communities to become more equitable i.e. reducing living costs and providing opportunities across all areas?​
    • What is the role of businesses in delivering the ‘levelling up’ agenda? How can business leaders account for the unique strengths and weaknesses of towns and cities?

     

    Speakers
    • Deborah Cadman OBE
      Deborah Cadman OBE Chief Executive, West Midlands Combined Authority
    • Andrew Carter
      Andrew Carter Chief Executive, Centre for Cities
    • Catherine Lewis La Torre
      Catherine Lewis La Torre CEO, British Business Bank
  • 09:30
    Lord Karan Bilimoria CBE, DL
    Lord Karan Bilimoria CBE, DL

    CBI President's keynote address

    Live session

    Speakers
    • Lord Karan Bilimoria CBE, DL
      Lord Karan Bilimoria CBE, DL President, CBI
  • 10:00
    Maria Machancoses
    Maria Machancoses

    Panel discussion: Future transport patterns​

    Live session

    This discussion will address:

    • What is the shape of future business routes and how will this impact airports, freight and public transport systems etc.?​
    • How will transport hubs such as airports need to evolve to meet both consumer expectations and be COVID-19 secure?
    • How will the case for investing in transport infrastructure need to evolve given changes in pattern and demand? How might housing and working preferences impact these decisions?​
    Speakers
    • Maria Machancoses
      Maria Machancoses Director, Midlands Connect
  • 11:00
    Michael R. Bloomberg
    Michael R. Bloomberg

    In Discussion with Michael R. Bloomberg, Founder, Bloomberg LP & Bloomberg Philanthropies; 108th Mayor of New York City

    On-demand content

    Speakers
    • Michael R. Bloomberg
      Michael R. Bloomberg Founder, Bloomberg LP & Bloomberg Philanthropies; 108th Mayor of New York City
  • 14:00
    Tracy Black
    Tracy Black

    Panel discussion: Winning the race to net-zero

    Live session

    • What is the impact of buildings found in towns and cities on emissions and environmental performance?
    • How do we improve the sustainability of the built environment? Is the UK equipped to lead and win the race?​
    • What can be achieved locally within communities to address the international imperative?

     

    Speakers
    • Tracy Black
      Tracy Black Scotland Director, CBI
  • 15:00
    Nadim Ahmad
    Nadim Ahmad

    Interview pairs

    On-demand content

    Pair 1: Collaborative regeneration​

    • ​What is the role for business within the communities they serve?​
    • How can local people and businesses shape their neighbourhoods, high streets and communities?
    • In a challenging fiscal environment what is a sustainable funding model?​

     

    Pair 2: How can UK places lead internationally?​

    • ​Does the UK have what it takes to lead on innovation, data and the low carbon agenda? What may be missing?
    • What is needed collectively across government, business and communities to ensure UK cities are leading internationally?​
    • What are the biggest challenges and opportunities our towns and cities face?

     

    Speakers
    • Nadim Ahmad
      Nadim Ahmad Deputy Director of CFE, OECD
    • Chris Gourlay
      Chris Gourlay Founder and CEO, Spacehive
    • Bruce Katz
      Bruce Katz Co-Founder, New Localism Advisors
    • Chris Smith
      Chris Smith Executive Director of Business Growth, Thirteen
  • 17:00
    Hazel Chu
    Hazel Chu

    Panel discussion: Lessons from around the world

    Live session

    This discussion will address: 

    • How are other regional and city leaders putting towns and cities at the heart of the economic recovery?
    • What strategies have proved most successful abroad?​
    • What powers are required at the local level? Is there a role for greater collaboration and agility?​

     

    Speakers
    • Hazel Chu
      Hazel Chu Lord Mayor of Dublin

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