Browse Catapults
Transport System Catapult - Logo Home

Third Thursday: level-up lessons from Belfast and beyond

DATE : 17 September 2020
LOCATION : Online event
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 levelling up strategy.


  • Sam Markey, Director of Strategic Analysis, Connected Places Catapult
  • Deborah Colville, City Innovation Manager & Head of Smart Belfast Programme , City Innovation Section, City and Organisational Strategy Department, Belfast City Council
  • Jessie Hamshar, Director of Strategy and Engagement, Cornwall Council

Event will take place between 4-5pm