09.00 - 09.20 Introduction & Welcome - Speaker to be announced
09.20 - 09.40 The UK & Greater Manchester Economy - Anthony Light, Director, Oxford Economics Growth expectations in the UK have been reduced. The Bank of England is concerned about rising inflation and the squeeze on real incomes. Will this impact on consumer spending? Will concerns about Brexit, impact on business confidence and investment? Anthony Light from Oxford Economics will provide an update on the prospects for the UK and Greater Manchester Economy for the current year and into 2018. Oxford Economics provide data for the Greater Manchester Economic Model, which provides the foundations of planning for housing, transport, education and much more in the city region.
09.40 - 10.00 Greater Manchester and life after Brexit - Mike Blackburn, Regional Director, BT We assess the implications on the Manchester Economy with a post Brexit UK. Which sectors may be at risk of a hard exit and what will be the impact on the Manchester economy? What steps can the city take to prepare for any difficulties to come ...
10.00 - 10.20 Housing - has Greater Manchester got it covered? - Panel Session - Panelists TBA The Mayor of Manchester is committed to put an end to homelessness by 2020. The region is committed to building over 10,000 new homes every year as part of the national building programme. Is an end to sleeping rough and the beginning of a smooth glide to the housing nirvana feasible?
10.20 - 10.40 The skills challenge in Greater Manchester - How Big is the Problem? - Joanne Roney, Chief Executive, Manchester City Council The objective within the Greater Manchester Strategy is to work with employers to increase the number of quality apprenticeships offered to school and college leavers. GMCA will seek to match the right apprentices with the right employers, making available appropriate careers advice and inspiration. A UCAS-style application system is promised which encompasses all learning routes, including apprenticeships. We will examine the skills challenge in Greater Manchester, understanding the requirements of a fast moving economy in the digital age.
10.40 - 11.00 World Class connectivity that keeps Manchester Moving … - Panel Session - Panelists TBA An integrated public transport system that is affordable and reliable is one of the key objectives in the Greater Manchester Strategy. Reducing congestion, improving air quality, offering world connectivity both physically and digitally is the foundation of the plan. We look at the challenges and achievements of TfGM, the next stop of the Metrolink system, smart ticketing, bus franchising and the next moves in the integrated plans for the North of England. We ask is it time to consider Manchester Underground and the options for Hyperloop around the Greater Manchester network. 11.00 - 11.30 Coffee Break
11.30 - 11.50 Prospects for Greater Manchester & The Devolution Agenda - Sir Richard Leese, Leader, Manchester City Council The devolution agenda has been significantly advanced by the controls on spending devolved to the local authorities. The creation of the elected mayors within the larger conurbations is a further significant step in the “right” direction. So what’s next for local authorities? More control on education, greater involvement in the fiscal agenda. What’s next for the local tax raising powers of the local authorities. Just how far can Manchester travel in taking greater control at the expense of Westminster and the Treasury?
11.50 - 12.10 Manchester, employment & EU Workers - Panel Session - Panelists TBA With the ever changing demands of the industrial climate, the importance of overseas staff is prevalent. We aim to explore the implications of Brexit and foreign policies and the impact on the Greater Manchester Economy. With this, the demands for smarter recruitment policies and procedures required and visa schemes that are flexible to meet the needs of local and national demands.
12.10 - 12.30 Balancing the Books in Greater Manchester - Panel Session - Ed Cox, Mark Gregory, Donna Hall, Manchester has set an objective to "Balance the Books" and reduce the dependency on central government for deficit funding. Great progress has been made in Greater Manchester on reforming public services and building financial self reliance; The Wigan Deal being one example of this. How realistic is it to balance the books in Manchester as the government's own targets are extended into the next decade?
12.30 - 12.50 Can Manchester achieve economic prosperity and reduce poverty and inequality? - Jill Rubery, Alliance Manchester Business School As a contribution to current debates on the possibilities for inclusive growth in Greater Manchester the Work and Equalities Institute in the Alliance Manchester Business School and the Joseph Rowntree-funded Inclusive Growth Analysis Unit in the Manchester Urban Institute have collaborated to produce a Human Development Report for Greater Manchester. This publication researched inequalities in human development by gender, ethnicity, social class and locality across the city’s ten boroughs. It specifically looked at the experiences of Greater Manchester residents throughout their lives, an approach which allows researchers to map and understand the factors that shape human development at the city region level.
12.50 - 13.10 Inclusive Growth in Manchester - Panel Session - Jean Stretton, Steve Connor, Anthony Rafferty & Todd Holden In 2016 the OECD together with the Ford Foundation launched the "Making Cities Work For All” initiative. Nowhere more than in cities is the divide between prosperity and inequality more apparent. Children in poorer communities start out in life with low prospects and access to opportunities is often thwarted by socio-economic background at onset. Manchester faces the same challenges besetting the 200 cities of more than half a million inhabitants in the OECD remit. The OECD has set out a comprehensive framework to design multi-dimensional policies capable of delivering stronger growth and greater inclusiveness.
13.10 - 13.30 Prospects for the Greater Manchester Economy - Eamonn Boylan, Chief Executive, GMCA Eamonn Boylan, chief exec of the Greater Manchester Combined Authority will draw the conference to a close, recapping on the issues covered throughout the morning. He will provide his views on the prospects for growth and outline the challenges faced in ensuring the ambitious plans for expansion can be met in the years ahead. The Greater Manchester Strategy outlines the collective ambition to make Great Manchester one of the best places in the world to grow up, get on and grow old. A place where, working together, we can all help to shape our future.