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Covid-19 Webinars

Upcoming Webinars

Our next webinar will be held on the 9th June at 2pm: Economic renewal: How can we support devastated economies in their post-Coronavirus recovery?

Whilst local authorities continue to respond to the immediate challenges presented by Covid-19, attention is beginning to turn to the implications for economic development and regeneration practitioners in supporting the ‘new normal’.

Questions around the transition from existing business support measures to strategically-planned responses for local recovery have been posed, in the context of how economies can be lifted out of the effects of the pandemic. Nowhere is the damage being felt more than in towns. The crisis is likely to bring the economic debate about towns even more into focus and the fact that many town centre businesses are now probably terminally damaged means that genuine change will be essential. Tweaks to business rates, car park charges and a farmers’ market once a month is not about to revitalise locations in deep decline – a large number of these need a rethink of their function. What is central government asking in terms of economic recovery and renewal, and what approaches should economic development and regeneration practitioners take in response to support towns?

In this webinar, public and private sector members will come together to discuss the challenges around strategy and implementation, all within the context of the significant recession ahead. This webinar is essential for anyone working in economic development and regeneration, public, private and third sector. Delegates on the webinar will have the opportunity to pose questions to the panel, and share best practice themselves, in an interactive one-hour session.

Chair: Nigel Wilcock, Executive Director, Institute of Economic Development

Panellists: to be announced soon

To register for this event, please follow the link below:


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. Please note to attend the webinar you must register in advance.

Past Webinars

Our recent webinar, Resilience in crisis: How are economic development and regeneration professionals responding to coronavirus? held on 28th April was a great success, with over 200 attendees from all economic development and regeneration professions, including representation from local authorities, LEPs as well as consultancies.

The session was chaired by the Institute’s Executive Director, Nigel Wilcock and panellists were:

  • Alexander Jan, Chief Economist at Arup
  • Ciaran Gunne-Jones, Head of Economics at Lichfields
  • Suzanne Malcolm, IED Board member and Acting Deputy Chief Executive – Place at South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Councils
  • David Fletcher, Assistant Director - Economic Development, Hampshire County Council

To watch the webinar in full, click this link here which takes you to the IED YouTube channel. Please note, the webinar itself starts at 2 minutes into the recording.


To read the thoughts of our panellists to some of the questions you raised during the seminar but which were unable to be answered during the session, please click on the link below, entitled Q&As 28 April Webinar.