What’s On

November 21, 2017
  • 09.30-09.35
    Chair’s opening address
  • Reshaping Government
  • 09.35-09.55
    Keynote: Delivering the vision of the Northern Powerhouse

    The Northern Powerhouse strategy has set out a radical new way to rebalance the UK’s economy and establish the North as an engine for growth. What does the strategy now mean for the region’s future?

    • Promoting prosperity across the North of England through improved skills, innovation, transport and culture
    • What Brexit means for the North of England
    • Putting businesses and civic leaders at the heart of the Northern Powerhouse
    • Understanding the progress of devolution deals and the challenges of achieving local growth across city regions
  • 09.55-10.15
    Sponsored session
  • 10.15-10.35
    Increasing trade and investment in the Northern Powerhouse

    Generating almost 20% of the UK’s GDP and with FDI to the region growing at twice the rate of the rest of the UK, the Northern Powerhouse has immense commercial potential. For this session, find out about:

    • The opportunities to grow trade across the Northern regions through overseas trade
    • Implications of Brexit for trade and investment in Northern England
    • The strength of the Northern Powerhouse to attract overseas finance
    • How Northern Fintech, manufacturing, digital and other sectors fit in and are forging new links with international markets
  • 10.35-11.15
    Devolution in practice – opportunities of the new mayoralties

    2017 saw the establishment of six new mayoralties over combined authorities, creating huge new potential for delivering more locally-focused services. For this discussion, discover how these new leaders hope to transform regional governance.

    • Six months in – A progress update from the new city region mayors
    • Understanding the impact of a shift in the scale of local government leadership
    • Discussing the priorities for city region growth, including across the areas of skills, job growth, housing and transport
  • 11.15-11.40
    Break
  • Finance, Corporate and Procurement
  • 11.40-11.45
    Finance, Corporate and Procurement stream opening address
  • 11.45-12.05
    Keynote: Ensuring efficiency public sector spending and financial management

    Britain’s public sector has achieved considerable efficiency gains in recent years but is still facing considerable constraints and continuing expectations of increased value for money. For this session, delegates will discuss:

    • Exploring fiscal sustainability and improving financial performance in the public sector
    • The changing nature of local government finance
    • Leveraging assets and resources through shared services, hubs and rationalisation
    • Sources of finance for the Northern Powerhouse
  • 12.05-12.25
    Sponsored session
  • 12.25-12.45
    Improving the procurement of services for local government

    Over £200 billion is spent by the UK public sector on procurement and despite great strides being made in recent years huge gains can still be made in the efficiency of government spend. For this session, topics include:

    • Helping local authorities make savings and free up time to spend on essential services
    • Responding to the specific needs and priorities of the wider public sector to offer a suite of procurement solutions and support
    • Approaches to effective contract management
    • Understanding procurement frameworks to ensure best practice in spend
  • 12.45-13.30
    Lunch
  • Digital
  • 13.30-13.35
    Digital stream opening address
  • 13.35-13.55
    Keynote: A digital strategy for a digital economy

    The UK’s digital strategy has already made the country a global pioneer of e-government services. For this session, find out how this is going to be taken a stage further.

    • Exploring the Government Transformation Strategy 2017-2020
    • Investing £1 billion to accelerate the development of the next generation of world-class digital infrastructure
    • Promoting cross-departmental working and efficiency across the public sector
    • Ensuring best use of data across the public sector as a world leader in our ‘open government’ approach
  • 13.55-14.15
    Sponsored session
  • 14.15-14.45
    Panel: How can we deliver a digital strategy for local government?

    Digital innovation has huge potential to transform the citizen’s experience of local public services. For this session, join leaders in digital government to discuss some of the ways we can upend previous ways of thinking.

    • Exploring the case for a combined digital strategy to increase connectivity for local authorities involving cities and combined authorities
    • Identifying what best practice current looks like in digital upskilling and innovation across the sector
    • Insight into GDS’s plans for developing work with local government
    • How digital change can transform the relationship between citizen and state
  • 14.45-15.10
    Break
  • Workforce and Recruitment
  • 15.10-15.15
    Workforce and Recruitment stream opening address
  • 15.15-15.35
    Keynote: Cultivating excellence in the Civil Service

    The UK has one of the best civil services in the world, yet in order to maintain its high level of quality government has to take the right steps to attract, nurture and retain talented professionals. For this session, hear from the Cabinet office on:

    • The progress of the Civil Service Workforce Plan 2016-2020
    • Creating the right environment for world class talent to prosper
    • Exploring new approaches for recruiting into the sector, including dedicated programmes and new online tools
  • 15.35-16.05
    Panel: Fostering talent, expertise and leadership across the public sector workforce

    Employing over 5 million people across the UK, the public sector has to be at the forefront of developing our workforce to meet the needs of a 21st century economy and society. Join some of the leading organisations in the field to discuss central topics in the field including:

    • The role of the leader in equipping colleagues with the skills and ambition to develop
    • Creating an engaged workforce that is more motivated and productive
    • Exploring the challenges in retaining talent in the public sector
    • The impact of IR35 on public sector contracting

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