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2019 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 2019 IED Annual Conference, ‘The Challenge of Change – economic strategies for a new era’ will be held on December 4th 2019.

December 4 brings the major UK economic development and regeneration event of the year – the Institute of Economic Development’s 2019 Annual Conference, ‘The Challenge of Change – economic strategies for a new era’.

2019’s major economic development and regeneration event, this 1-day central London conference will bring together some 200 sector leaders and senior professionals to explore key topics in economic development and regeneration. With output, growth and inclusion varying enormously across the UK, and the gaps rising, it has never been more important to address the country’s inequalities – and to plot a more coherent, inclusive strategy.

Sign up here to book on to conference and to see the detailed agenda for the day and confirmed speakers.

Prominent expert speakers will address key topics under this theme, including:

  • Growth vs sustainability
  • Inclusive growth – how to create opportunities for all
  • International trade and investment
  • Local Industrial Strategies / Transport – grand schemes or more regional connections
  • Wellness and place

Conference will again be held at BMA House, a first-class central London venue ideally situated within walking distance of both Euston and King’s Cross stations.

2018 Conference

On the 6 December we held our Annual Conference at BMA House in London and it was another successful event with over 140 economic development professionals in attendance.

On the day we enjoyed speeches from the likes of Will Hutton, Professor Michael Parkinson, Professor Philip McCann & more leading speakers address ‘Mind the Gap - Productivity, Place & People’. There were also interactive panel discussions and workshops on Housing and Economic Prosperity; Productivity; Future Impacts of Technology; The Challenges of Creating Inclusive Growth; Local Industrial Strategies and Upgrading Skills.

The event was an invaluable opportunity for networking too. Read on for some of the feedback on previous conferences:

“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”

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