Third Thursday: levelling up lessons from Belfast and beyond

DATE: 17 September, 2020


START TIME: 4:00 pm END TIME: 5:00 pm

In March 2019, HM Treasury signed the Head of Terms on the Belfast City Region Deal – the largest of its kind to date. With levelling up high on the political agenda, we invite Deborah Colville, City Innovation Manager & Head of Smart Belfast, to share her experiences of supporting the region to secure public and private investments that will deliver £2 billion in additional GVA and 10,000 new jobs and the progress the region has made since the deal was agreed.

What lessons for digital innovation strategy could other regions draw from this when building their own plans? We will also hear from Cornwall Council who developed a regeneration approach in close partnership with a LEP and finish with a discussion of the role of innovation funding in the wider regional levelling up strategy.


Sam Markey

Director of Strategic Analysis

Connected Places Catapult

Deborah Colville

City Innovation Manager & Head of Smart Belfast Programme, and City and Organisational Strategy Department

City Innovation Section and Belfast City Council

Jessie Hamshar

Director of Strategy and Engagement

Cornwall Council

Regional levelling up; Levelling Up Belfast; Connected Places Catapult webinar

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