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Delivering Place Competitiveness (Matthew Fletcher)

Matthew Fletcher,Senior Economic Development and Regeneration Officer, Tamworth Borough Council

Delivering Place Competitiveness CPD workshop

Matthew Fletcher is Senior Economic Development and Regeneration Officer at Tamworth Borough Council. His current remit spans “everything economic development”, including inward investment, town centres, tourism, business support, management of an Enterprise Centre, Local Enterprise Partnerships, Growth Hubs, bid writing, contract management, research and analysis. As part of his development, Matthew attended the IED’s Delivering Place Competitiveness CPD workshop in May 2018.

“I enrolled on the workshop because Tamworth Borough Council are looking to write a Place Investment strategy and this was very timely,” said Matthew, who took up his current position in 2016 after two previous roles and nine years with the Council. “My learning objectives were fully met, and the insight gained helped me to gather thoughts and principles around place competitiveness and what to put in the strategy. Stand-out experiences were thoughts and challenges from colleagues from different disciplines. There was a really good mix of people.”

With additional experience as a regeneration associate at the Black Country Housing Group, Matthew’s career in economic development now spans over 15 years. He said the new learning that he picked up from the IED event is directly relevant to his current role and he will be applying it over the coming months. “It will undoubtedly guide our strategy going forward, particularly around inward investment and indigenous growth,” he explained. “I would definitely recommend similar IED CPD events to others because of the relevance and practical nature of the workshop. The location of this particular course, in Warrington, was also important because that is easily accessible and not London. It was good to make contact with a wide variety of economic development professionals.”