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Annual IED Conference

2021 Conference - please click here to find out more details about our 2021 Online Conference held over 25/26 May. This event has now passed but you can purchase a recording of the conference at the rate of £29 for IED members and £69 for non IED members. Please email us at for more information.

Before Covid we traditionally held 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 Kerslake, Professor Danny Dorling, Lord Heseltine, Sir Vince Cable, Sir John Peace and Will Hutton. Details of some of those conferences is given below.

December 4 2019 brought 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’.

This event saw some 150 sector leaders and senior professionals explore key topics in economic development and regeneration including on:

  • 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

We enjoyed excellent key note speeches from the likes of Lord Robert Kerslake, Professor Henry Overman, Sir Howard Bernstein, Baroness Jo Valentine and Professor Danny Dorling.

Conference was 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.

Delegate feedback included…

Well organised and very interesting

I thought all of the speakers I heard delivered their messages well albeit with different styles. Overall, I found the content useful and it was a very good conference to attend.

Fantastic emphasis on things that really matter

A great day and very informative

Very useful for networking.

The mobile app was a welcome addition, particularly with the push notifications throughout the day

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”

  • Bev Hurley Conference Welcome

  • Lord Kerslake

  • Main Hall

  • Industrial Strategy session

  • Richard Cairns and Sir Howard Bernstein

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