England & Wales Democracy, devolution and governance, Economy and regeneration

Local partnership working for a vibrant night time economy (Conservative conference fringe)


An attractive night time economy makes sense for councils as it can reduce costs, boost business rate income, improve community wellbeing and create jobs. How can partnerships with the health services, police, businesses and others help councils make the most of these benefits?

LGiU and Portman Group will be hosting a fringe event at the Conservative Party Conference in Birmingham to release initial findings from a recent survey of over 100 council leaders, cabinet members, chief officers and service directors on council night time economy approaches.

This survey was undertaken to determine how local government views their local night time economy – as a burden or opportunity – and who takes the lead on these issues within the council.

The research also looked at how this strategy fits in with other local government challenges such as health and economy, particularly in light of councils’ difficult financial circumstances and the so-called ‘death of the high street’.

We will be hosting a discussion to gather views from a panel of experts within this field, ahead of the report being published in the second week of October.


  • Chair: Jonathan Carr-West, Chief Executive of LGiU (confirmed)
  • John Timothy, Chief Executive Portman Group (confirmed)
  • Alison Hernandez, Devon and Cornwall Police & Crime Commissioner (confirmed)
  • Cllr Dawn Melvin, Gloucester City Council (confirmed)
  • Baroness Anne McIntosh, Chair of PASS and former Chair of the Lords Licensing Act 2003 Committee (confirmed)

This event is open to anyone and free to attend; however we encourage people to RSVP in order to guarantee your place. Email [email protected] to register your place.

Please note that the event is inside the secure zone so guests will need to have a conference pass.