The way we live, work, travel and socialise has been transformed overnight with potentially long-lasting impacts on society and the economy. We will be joined by expert speakers from business and civil society to examine the changing nature of property, the future of transport, the role of technology on the high street and consider how UK towns and cities can rise to the challenge of tackling net-zero and competing globally.
Confirmed speakers include:
MGI Director and Senior Partner, McKinsey & Company
Global Co-Leader of Next Stage, Mercer
Joint Managing Partner, Argent LLP
Director General, Rail Delivery Group (RDG)
Director of Strategy, West Midlands Combined Authority
Mayor of Athens
Head of Regions, KPMG
Global Practice Lead - Cities, Mott MacDonald
Managing Director, Diageo GB
Founder and CEO, Mowgli Street Food
CEO & Vice-Chancellor, Cranfield University
Regional General Manager for Northern and Eastern Europe, Uber
Managing Director, Manchester Airport
Retail Director, Wilko Retail Ltd
Senior Vice President, Airbus
Deputy Pro-Vice-Chancellor (DPVC), University of Birmingham
Head of Real Estate Research, Schroders
Commercial Finance Director, Burger King UK
Managing Director, Customers, Communication and Technology, Transport for London
Architectural Director, Ryder Architecture
Managing Director, Global Senior Director of HR – Head of International HR and Global HR Advisers; Chair of PRISM, BNY Mellon
Head of Industry, Retail, Google
Vice President, Global Research and Insights, Herman Miller
Lord Mayor of Dublin
Playwright and Screenwriter
CEO, Midlands Connect
CEO, International, Federated Hermes
Chief Executive, British Property Federation
Chief Executive, New West End Company
Executive Director of Business Growth, Thirteen
Chief Executive & Growth Director, Exeter City Council
CEO, British Business Bank
Founder, Bloomberg LP & Bloomberg Philanthropies; 108th Mayor of New York City
Scotland Director, CBI
Chair of Connected Places Catapult, Global Head of Future Cities and New Industries, HSBC Group
Director of Innovation, CBI
CEO, IWG UK
Founder and CEO, Spacehive
Chief Executive, Centre for Cities
Deputy Director of CFE, OECD
Co-Founder, New Localism Advisors
The assumptions about why and how we use high streets, offices, retail and recreational premises have been turned on their heads by COVID-19. What, then, does this mean for towns and cities? Has the pandemic accelerated changes that were always coming? And are we ready to adapt?
The nature of work has shifted dramatically for many people and sectors, potentially changing the shape of our towns and cities. Hear from business leaders considering the short and long-term impacts, including how they are adapting to more flexible and hybrid forms of working.
High streets have always evolved and in recent decades have faced challenges such as out-of-town retail parks, the rise of online shopping and business rates. As the UK builds back better, there is a clear opportunity to restore high streets into the locus of retail, leisure and commercial activity. Technology and data will play a crucial role in this evolution.
The cultural and hospitality sectors have been seriously hit from the pandemic, and are now beginning to reopen but how might they be different moving forward? This session explores how experiences and attractions like theatres, pubs and restaurants are adapting to respond to consumer behaviour and how that might impact towns and cities in the future.
The skills, funding and expertise required to regenerate communities across the country cannot come from either the public or private sectors alone. To be successful, it must be a partnership, with citizens closely involved too. This session will explore why collaborative regeneration needs to be flexible and transparent.
Persistent inequalities exist across the UK which in some cases may be perpetuated by the impacts of the pandemic. The government has set out a priority to level up the country and there is also a role for business working alongside local leaders to ensure opportunities exist across all communities.
The pandemic has driven unprecedented changes to transport, and raised serious questions about future patterns of demand. This session explores how transport networks and international travel will need to evolve over the coming years, and how businesses can play their role in building more efficient and lower emission transport.
As an experienced businessperson, three-time New York City Mayor, philanthropist and presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg brings a unique set of experiences to consider the most pressing challenges and opportunities facing towns and cities.
The UK’s 65 largest towns and cities account for around 50% of UK emissions. Decarbonising the urban environment is a major priority on our journey to net-zero emissions. Some of the toughest net-zero challenges, including decarbonising buildings, will make a major impact as we decarbonise our urban environments.
The levelling up agenda aims to bring prosperity and opportunity to all corners of the UK. This session explores the role of regional clusters, which were a critical part of the original and subsequent industrial revolutions, including whether they are still relevant post-pandemic and what mix of ingredients is needed for UK clusters to thrive.
In an increasingly globalised world, local areas with the right assets and leadership in place can excel on a global scale, promoting business investment and talent. This session explores how UK towns and cities compare to world-leading places when it comes to making the most of opportunities, such as harnessing innovation as we enter a post-pandemic era.
The role of an elected mayor is still new to parts of the UK. Though here and around the world they have been a critical component of developing regional recoveries, now they are faced with both common and unique challenges. This session will explore how they have sought to work collaboratively alongside business and others.
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