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


08.30 Openreach

Manchester Central : LondonLounge

How do we deliver the UK’s Ultrafast future?

Openreach is hosting a panelled event in the London Lounge on how to deliver the UK’s Ultrafast future?


12.30 Design Council

Manchester Central : Youth Zone

THE Employment and Skills Debate

Panel Debate: creating prosperity, growth and opportunity for all. Guest speaker Rt Hon Andrea Leadsom MP, BEIS Secretary of State (invited


Record employment doesn’t equal inclusive growth or mean that regional disparities disappear. What’s the solution for those left-behind places and people? This event will bring together political decision makers and influencers to make the case for more powers to be devolved to re-invigorate local and regional prosperity and opportunities. Adam Marshall, British Chamber of Commerce; Sarah Weir, Design Council; Henri Murison, Northern Powerhouse Partnership; Maria Neophytou, Impetus.


14.30 Policy@Manchester

Friends' Meeting House : F13

Are cities the new front line in combatting climate change?

Cities around the UK are taking the initiative and adopting ambitious climate change targets. But what does this mean for a 2050 net zero UK?


An increasing number of cities and regions are declaring climate emergencies and adopting ambitious targets for reducing carbon emissions. But is enough being done to support these local action on the national scale? Can devolution and the activities in cities like Manchester help meet our national 2050 net zero target?

16.00 Pearson

Manchester Central : PLMR Business Hub

A long-term vision for apprenticeships

Ensuring apprenticeships meet the needs of UKPLC


Our economy is undergoing extraordinary change. To meet this challenge the UK needs a skills system that supports UK competitiveness by providing individuals with the skills they need to flourish. The Independent Apprenticeship Policy Group, commissioned by Pearson, has been brought together to develop a long-term vision for apprenticeships. In this panel debate key policy makers explore the work of the group and consider how to ensure apprenticeships meet the needs of UKPLC.

18.00 Bright Blue with The Resettlement, Asylum and Migration Policy (RAMP) project

Jury's Inn Manchester : Rochdale Suite

Balancing act: skilled immigration after Brexit

The PM is radically reforming our immigration system. This event considers what more can be done to attract skilled and talented people after Brexit


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