Our Infrastructure Intelligence LIVE series of events continues on Friday 2 October 2020 with a roundtable looking at the role of infrastructure investment in levelling up the North/South divide.
The UK is one of the most geographically unequal developed economies in the world. While cities and large towns in the south east of England are among the most productive and prosperous places in Europe, most in the north and the Midlands lag far behind. The government has made it a key priority to address this inequality and ‘level up’ underperforming and left-behind parts of the UK through a programme of infrastructure development, investing in education, skills and scientific R&D. Infrastructure investment will play a key role in this ‘levelling up’ and so will the elected metro majors and their combined authorities.
This special Infrastructure Intelligence roundtable event on Friday 2 October 2020 will bring together four elected metro mayors for the north or representatives from these areas and other stakeholders from the north, to discuss what actions need to be taken to help level up the North/South divide and the role the metro mayors will have in all this. With representatives on our panel from Greater Manchester, Liverpool City Region, North of Tyne and Tees Valley, it promises to be an illuminating and thought-provoking discussion.
Find out about the role of infrastructure investment in levelling up the North/South divide by attending this roundtable discussion, which is organised in association with our strategic partner, BECG.
Andy Walker, Editor, Infrastructure Intelligence
Steve Rotheram, Mayor, Liverpool City Region
Andy Burnham, Mayor, Greater Manchester
Jessie Joe Jacobs, Labour Party candidate for Tees Valley Metro Mayor
Dr Henry Kippin, Director of Economic Growth, North of Tyne Combined Authority
Debbie Francis, City Executive for the North, Arcadis
Marcus Johns, Research Fellow, IPPR North
Kevin Whitmore, Director, BECG