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2018 Conference

Each year we hold an annual conference in London where key industry professionals come together to tackle the most pressing challenges faced within economic development, with a view to building a more sustainable environment in order to harbour true economic growth. Keynote speakers in recent years have included Lord Heseltine, Sir Vince Cable, Sir John Peace and Will Hutton.

We are pleased to announce that our annual conference this year will be suppored by Regen Events.

The 2018 Annual Conference  wil be held on 6th December at BMA House London.

Super Early-Bird booking is now open for the major UK economic development and regeneration event of the year - the Institute of Economic Development's 2018 Annual Conference!

Join us on December 6 to hear Will Hutton, Sir Howard Bernstein, Jackie Sadek and other prominent expert speakers address 'Mind the Gap - Productivity, Place and People'.

This central London 1-day event will bring together over 150 sector leaders and senior professionals to explore key topics under this theme, including:

· inequality
· technology
· sustainability
· industrial strategy

The conference will feature both stimulating plenary addresses and practical break-out sessions.

The streamed break-out programme will include interactive roundtable discussions with peers - a highly popular element of last year's conference.

Our Super Early-Bird rates are just £79 for IED members and £179 for non-members. Please click here to book.

This year's event takes place at the prestigious BMA House in central London. This first-class venue is ideally situated within walking distance of both Euston and King's Cross stations.

Please contact julian.lewis@ied.co.uk to discuss our range of sponsorship opportunities.


2017 Conference

On the 23rd November we held our Annual Conference at the ILEC in London and it was another successful event! 

On the day we enjoyed speeches from the likes of Matthew Parris, Times Columnist; Sir Edward Lister, Chairman of the Homes and Communities Agency and Lord Jim O'Neil, Ex Commercial Secretary to the Treasury and Former Chief Economist of Goldman Sachs. The event was our most interactive to date and we held round table diccussions and practical 'how to' sessions.

The even was an invaluable opportunity for networking too. Read on for some of the feedback on the day:

"Very informative"

"Great chance to catch up with colleagues and compare notes"

"A great opportunity to meet colleagues passionate about economic development"

"Very interesting event - good balance of issues discussed. Engaging format"

"Very useful event with good networking opportunities"


"Some time since I have attended an IED event, now considering joining, so must have triggered a positive response. I enjoyed it, good balance of content and well organised."

"Excellent, 3rd year running looking forward to next year!"

"Well grounded wisdom speeches. Excellent focus on the North and that is why more regional events"

"Very insightful and a good range of well informed speakers, I learnt something new from each one."

"A timely and welcome authoritative update on current economic growth matters"


We have already begun planning our 2018 calendar of events and conferences and we welcome any feedback, ideas for content and improvements.


IED North Conference 10 May 2017

Earlier this year in May, we also held an IED North Conference in Manchester. This was a hugely successful event which received very positive feedback from delegates.


"Consistently a great event. Well-managed, knowledgeable speakers and a tremendous opportunity to network with your peer group"

"Relevant and well organised"

"Thought-provoking and interesting. Left with as many answers as new questions"

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