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09.00 Localis

Manchester Art Gallery (Princess Street entrance), M2 3JL : Lecture Room

Reach for the stars – can we reimagine urban devolution?

How might the transfer of fiscal powers, greater local control over investment and budgets ignite dynamic national renewal led by our major cities?


This Localis fringe, sponsored by Core Cities, will argue a radical localist case for a step change in urban devolved governance, asking us to imagine what a successful future for devolved urban government could look like. Panellists include:George Freeman MP, minister of state, Department for Transport; Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol (invited); Lord Kerslake, chair, 2070 Commission; Cllr Nickie Aiken, leader, Westminster City Council; Andy Bounds, North of England correspondent, Financial Times.


12.45 Ombudsman Services

Midland Hotel : Rolls Suite

Nurturing SMEs: building trust in markets and ensuring they get a fair deal

In an uncertain economy, how we can create an environment for SMEs to prosper and ensure they receive protections from unfair practice.


Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) play a vital role in the UK economy but often do not enjoy the same rights and protections as individual consumers. How can we build SME trust and confidence in key markets such as energy and telecoms?

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