England & Wales

Policy Café Bradford: supporting local economic growth


In a climate of uncertainty around the sustainability of local government finance, and in the face of national and international economic forces, councils’ levers to help promote local economic growth can feel extremely limited. However, they continue to have a key role in supporting productive and inclusive economies in cities and districts across the North.

LGiU is bringing together an informal gathering of economic development and policy officers from councils in and around West Yorkshire to share their thoughts on the way forwards for local economic growth strategies.

Throughout 2017, LGiU has been asking how local government can be sustainably funded – and what skills those in local government will need to meet this challenge. To find out more, see our policy theme project page.

Lunch will be provided.

Our Policy Café events are a series of short, informal member networking events built around the burning questions we – and our members – are asking. Events are planned up and down the country as part of our commitment to supporting our member councils. We aim to help officers in policy, strategy and related roles share thinking and build local networks. 

Jennifer Glover will be providing context on the role of councils in supporting local economic growth. Jennifer is a policy researcher at LGiU, focusing on research into how local government is funded. She has recently published a guide to crowdfunding for local authorities, highlighting its potential in supporting local businesses and the economy. Her other work includes a report on building a vibrant night time economy. A representative from our host, Bradford Councilwill be sharing their economic strategy along with Leeds City Council.