Over the course of the last two years, The D Group has embarked on a sustained programme of engagement with the devolved cities and regions of the UK. In this time, we have had visits from leaders from Manchester, Liverpool, Birmingham, Sheffield, Newcastle, Leeds and the Tees Valley.
The result of these engagements has been a desire from both sides to continue the productive conversations begun at 23 Grafton Street. To that end, 2018 will see D Group and sister company BEI take to the road for a series of engagements in situ.
The continuing devolution of power and funding to local government make this an opportune moment for such an initiative. With needs in every sector, notably infrastructure, transport, healthcare and all the accompanying professional services the case for proactive membership engagement is as strong as it has ever been.
The Tees Valley Combined Authority was created in April 2016 with the purpose of driving economic growth and job creation in the area. It is a partnership of five authorities; Darlington, Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Redcar & Cleveland and Stockton-on-Tees, working closely with the business community and other partners to make local decisions to support the growth of the local economy.
The local devolution deal, agreed with the Government in October 2015, came with a 30 year agreement worth over £450 million, plus a further £500m to invest in projects over the next five years. There is also no shortage of projects to go with this portfolio: railways, bypasses, airports and ports all sit high on the local agenda, whilst the region is also a major player in the advanced manufacturing and process industries.
12.30: Lunch with local leadership
14.30: Site visit
17.30: Evening reception with
regional business leaders
For more information or to register, please contact Edward Thicknesse