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2017 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.

The 2017 IED Conference will take place at the ILEC Centre in London on 23rd November and our keynote speakers are Matthew Parris of the Times, The Spectator and Radio 4 as well as a former MP; Lord Jim O'Neil, who until recently the Commercial Secretary to the Treasury, where he was heavily involved in driving forward the Northern Powerhouse initiative and regional financial devolution and Jake Berry MP, Minister for the Northern Powerhouse and Local Growth. 

Conference will be even more practical this year and will include more detailed ‘How to sessions’ – how to undertake different types of projects as well as an opportunity to ‘workshop’ difficult issues affecting members.

Members and non-members can book prior to 29th of September at an early bird rate by clicking here.


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"

We hope to repeat this conference again next year in a different “northern” location – watch this space for more details.

Our 2016 main Annual Conference Creating Economic Growth In A New World was held on the 23rd November at the prestigious Westminster venue, the Queen Elizabeth II Centre. Delegates from across the sector enjoyed keynote speeches on topics such as Brexit and regional growth from Sir John Peace, Chair of the Midlands Engine; the leader of Birmingham City Council, John Clancy; and Sir Vince Cable.