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Marking 40 years of the IED in the House of Lords


Over 100 Institute of Economic Development (IED) members past and present, partners, friends and colleagues attended an Afternoon Tea at the House of Lords on 3rd July, in the first of a programme of events and activities to formally mark the IED’s 40th anniversary.

The occasion was opened by The Rt Hon Greg Clark MP, former Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities and immediate past Patron of the IED. Speeches followed from current IED Patron Judith Blake, the Baroness Blake of Leeds CBE, and IED Chair Tom Stannard, who took the opportunity to reiterate the Institute’s call for councils to be given statutory powers over economic development.

Among those in attendance were representatives from the Departments for Business and Trade, Communities and Local Government, and Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, and Labour MPs Barbara Keeley and Rebecca Long-Bailey.

Past IED Chairs and long-standing members Alan Bruce, Geoff Herbert, Ivan Annibal, Mike Jessop, Ray Browning and Richard Williams also joined the celebrations in the Palace of Westminster. Photos from the day can be viewed here.

The 40th anniversary celebrations continue at the 2023 Institute of Economic Development Annual Conference and Awards Dinner later this year. 

The IED Annual Conference, which will be held at the Park Regis Birmingham on 7th November, is themed Grow for Good? Reappraising the UK's Growth Objectives. Workshops and presentations will focus on related topics including Town Centres, Inclusive Growth, Skills and Fair Employment, Housing, Economic Regeneration and Health & Wellbeing. 

To enter any of the eight award categories, individuals/teams should develop a 500-word entry on ‘why they should win’, together with an optional one page of additional evidence, and submit to by 5pm on 1st September.

It was in September 1982 that a group of industrial/economic development practitioners in the North West first came together to assess the support for establishing a professional body to support their career development. Just 12 months later, what is now known as the Institute of Economic Development, or IED, was officially incorporated.


Contact: Phil Smith, Institute of Economic Development PR consultant, on 01778 218180 / 07866 436159 /


The Institute of Economic Development (IED) is the UK’s leading independent professional body representing economic development and regeneration practitioners. Established 40 years ago, the IED's key objective is to represent the interests of economic development practitioners and ensure their views are widely expressed and noted. The IED is committed to demonstrating the value of economic development work for local and regional communities; the pursuit of best practice in economic development and the attainment of the highest standards of professional conduct and competence.