Our third Core Cities summit addressed how we can deliver more productive cities in light of Brexit. Bringing together city leaders and senior industry figures, the presentations and panel discussions considered the role of the private sector in driving a re-balanced future UK economy.
The summit raised questions around a number of topical issues including devolution, EU funding, social and physical infrastructure, industrial strategy and housing. There was a strong message throughout the summit that the Core Cities are ‘open for business' and have a vision for a better, fairer and more productive Britain.
Introducing the event, Bilfinger GVA Chief Executive, Gerry Hughes, commented that “in a post Brexit world the competitiveness and economic strength of our core cities are more important than ever and nurturing talent, creativity and industry is key.”
Keynote speaker Stephanie Flanders, Chair of the Inclusive Growth Commission, explained: “This is the first time that 50% of those in UK classified as ‘living in poverty’ are in work.”
This was echoed by panellist, Mayor Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol and Core Cities UK Cabinet member, who said that we ‘cannot build poor across wealth on poverty’.
The summit also saw the launch of three research reports including;
View video highlights of the day with city leaders and leading industry figures.