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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.

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.

The IED and Regen Events are delighted to announce that Lord Robert Kerslake, President of the Local Government Association, Chair of the UK 2070 Commission and the former head of the UK Civil Service, will give a keynote address at this year’s IED Annual Conference, ‘The Challenge of Change – economic strategies for a new era’ (December 4).

Sign up here to benefit from our early-bird rate (just £149 for IED members until the end of September)!

Sessions for the day include:

• Growth vs sustainability

• Inclusive growth

• International trade and investment

• Local Industrial Strategies

• Transport

• 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.

Other confirmed speakers include:

  • Sir John Armitt, Chair, National Infrastructure Commission
  • The Rt Hon. the Lord Bassam of Brighton, Deputy Speaker, House of Lords
  • Professor Cathy Parker, Chair, Institute of Place Management
  • Steve Dunlop, Chief Executive, Scottish Enterprise
  • Professor Danny Dorling, University of Oxford

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”