Solace Masterclass: How do we ensure that growth benefits everyone?


20 Feb 2017


Bevan Brittan
Fleet Place House
2 Fleet Place
Holborn Viaduct
London EC4M 7RF



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Paul Dossett and Rob Turner

Reema Patel

Simon Kimberley



With the recent shocks brought by Brexit and the election of President Donald Trump, economic exclusion has risen in profile as a big concern across many Western democracies. Too many in society do not feel they are benefiting from the new technologies and industries of the modern economy, instead feeling disenfranchised and left behind – a trend that was only worsened by the economic crash of 2008. Local authorities play a key role in ensuring the wellbeing of local populations, yet at the same time the ability to stimulate growth will be crucial to the future financial sustainability of local government. How can local authorities promote growth but not leave anyone behind? How can they mitigate against the underlying social tensions brought to the fore by Brexit?.



Arrival, Registration and Refreshments


Welcome and Introduction to the Masterclass and welcome from the host:

- Overview
- Scene Setting:

Chair: Manjeet Gill, Chief Executive, West Lindsey District Council

Welcome from host: Bevan Brittan


Session 1: Growing Wellbeing

Paul will look at the relationships between economic growth, wellbeing and inequality and specifically how local government can act to maximise wellbeing as an economy grows.

Speaker: Paul Najsarek, Chief Executive, Ealing Council


Session 2: Vibrant Economy Index

Speaker: Paul Dossett, Partner, and Rob Turner, Associate Director, Grant Thornton


Refreshment Break


Session 3: RSA - Economic Inclusion

Reema will talk about the RSA’s Citizens’ Economic Council which has been listening to the way our economy is experienced by different people within communities, and by different communities within the country. This will include findings from their ‘Inclusion Roadshow’, a series of half-day workshops they have held across the country to engage people who have a higher likelihood of facing economic exclusion in their lives.

Speaker: Reema Patel, RSA


Session 4: Inclusive Growth: Supporting Communities

Lloyds are working with Local Authorities to engage with SMEs to offer help and advice on their issues in detail and options open to them. The aim is that this will help to bring clarity, focus and strength to their strategy. They will also cover developments in the Digital arena and how customers are embracing them .

Speaker: Simon Kimberley, Relationship Manager, Mid Markets, Lloyds Bank


Session 5: The Value of Distributive Leadership to Creating Inclusive Growth and Wellbeing

A collaboration between public, private and voluntary sector in providing Leadership of Place: Manjeet will look at the different levels of localism and action at strategic and neighbourhood levels which are improving skills and wellbeing, using examples of work both from West Lindsey’s most deprived ward as well as the benefits at a Greater Lincolnshire level.

Speaker: Manjeet Gill, Chief Executive, West Lindsey District Council


Speaker Panel


Chair’s Summary


Masterclass ends