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Ask the expert - LEPS and Bounds

The recipe for economic success – the role of the built environment in attracting businesses and promoting innovation
06 May 2021 at 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM / South East England / Online

06 May 2021 at 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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RTPI South East | [email protected]

This event forms part of RTPI Online series 2021, brought to you by the Thames Valley Young Planners Network of the South East region

Local Economic Partnerships (LEPs) play an important role in shaping the growth of our cities and towns. This session will explore how OXLEP and SEMLEP retain and attract businesses in the Thames Valley region, and how their work interconnects with planning.

This event would give Young Planners a chance to learn from leaders of LEPs and get involved in the conversation at a regional level.

Confirmed speakers:

SEMLEP – Hilary Chipping – Chief Executive

Hilary is Chief Executive at the South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership (SEMLEP), which she helped to establish in 2011. She leads on setting the strategic economic priorities for the South East Midlands area, including overseeing a £265m programme of capital investment through the Local Growth Fund.  During her tenure, SEMLEP has published the Local Industrial Strategy and Strategic Economic Plan for the area, Skills Plan and Energy Strategy. Hilary works closely with central Government, local authority, regional and private sector partners and the national network of Local Enterprise Partnerships to enable the delivery of infrastructure to unlock economic and housing growth, develop skills and create good quality places.

OxLEP – Sebastian Johnson – Head of Innovation

Sebastian has over 35 years of experience in economic development, business management, strategy and policy development. He has run his own businesses, worked in the public and voluntary sectors and advised businesses and local and national government. He is a co-founder of Smart Oxford and part of the Smart Oxford Partnership Board. His current role at OxLEP involves leading the Inward Investment team and working alongside Government and local partners to develop an Internationalisation Strategy and Delivery Plan for Oxfordshire promoting the world-class innovation, assets and skills available in Oxfordshire

The link to the webinar will be sent out a day before the event.