A security pass is required at all times to attend events in either of the secure Conference venues, Manchester Central or The Midland Hotel.


08.00 Institute for Government and Association for Project Management

Midland Hotel : Lancaster

How can government deliver better public services without breaking the bank?

Is it realistic to expect technology to deliver meaningful public service savings?


Technology has the potential to improve services and save money. High profile IT projects have not always been managed well, the ease of using online services such as driving licence renewals show what can be achieved. Can government apply lessons from previous projects to future public service reforms? Where can technologies be deployed most effectively? Is it realistic to expect technology to deliver meaningful public service savings? If not, where will savings come from?

11.30 Institute of Economic Affairs, FREER and IPSE

Manchester Central : The Think Tent

Flexibility, Choice, and Fulfilment: What should we expect from the future workplace?

As attitudes towards work change, with self-employment and AI are on the rise, how do we meet the needs of the future workforce and modern workplace?


The world of work is changing at a rapid pace. The sharp growth in self-employment, 'gig' working, and portfolio careers has altered the landscape. Attitudes to work are shifting, and differences in generational expectations are emerging. How should we consider these rapidly changing factors, including how automation and AI will continue to affect and change people’s working lives?

13.00 The Spectator and Centre for Competitive Advantage in the Global Economy (CAGE)

Midland Hotel : Alexandra A

Increase revenue, not taxes: how it’s done

Final Speaker TBA. Gin & tonic served to guests. See the latest line-up at spectator.co.uk/conference



18.00 Onward

Radisson Blu Edwardian, Peter Street Free Trade Hall, Manchester M2 5GP : Onward, Room 11

Responsible capitalism: How to connect companies, customers and workers in the modern economy?

A panel event on ensuring companies take seriously their broader social responsibilities, sponsored by Capita


This event will consider how to make responsible capitalism the default rather than the exception in British industry, through both government intervention and demonstrating the value to companies of taking social obligations seriously. Sponsored by Capita

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