Conservative Party Conference: Investing in Britain - creating a framework to unlock growth

Panel discussion in partnership with Conservative Home

2 October 2023
Central 5, Manchester Central Convention Complex (secure zone)

At 2023’s party conferences the Centre for Progressive Policy hosted a range of panel discussions with prominent speakers exploring health care, devolution, and the reality of investing in and delivering fair growth for people and places throughout the UK.

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About this event

Whilst the EU and US forge bold policies to attract global investors, is Britain at risk of being left behind?

This panel explored how an effective industrial strategy, enhanced devolution, and targeted tax incentives can drive growth, address regional disparities, and unlock Britain's full potential for investment.

This event took place in partnership with Conservative Home.


Charlotte Alldritt

CEO, Centre for Progressive Policy

Charlotte is CEO of the Centre for Progressive Policy (CPP), which she set up in 2018. Charlotte is a leading advocate of devolution and inclusive economic development, having led the RSA’s City Growth Commission and Inclusive Growth Commission, which led to the creation of the Northern Powerhouse and paved the way for the emergence of mayoral combined authorities. Previously Charlotte was a civil servant in HM Cabinet Office. She advises international institutions, global city leaders and civil society organisations on place-based economic policy and public service reform.

Margot James

Former Executive Chair, Warwick Manufacturing Group

Margot is a Conservative politician who was MP for Stourbridge between 2010 and 2019, and Minister for Digital and Creative Industries from 2018 to 2019.

Andy Street

Conservative Mayor of the West Midlands

Andy Street was elected as the first Mayor of the West Midlands in May 2017,and re-elected for a second term in May 2021. His role of chairing the West Midlands Combined Authority and brings with it significant powers over transport, housing, skills and jobs.

Before becoming Mayor, Andy combined a career with John Lewis, with a host of high-profile economic development roles, working with local and national government.

Starting on the John Lewis graduate scheme, he became Managing Director, overseeing one of the most successful periods in the company’s history.

Andy was the Chair of the Greater Birmingham & Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership between 2011 and 2016, helping to build the relationships that have underpinned the economic growth of the region. He has also been lead non-executive director for the Department for Communities and Local Government as well as a member of the Prime Minister’s Business Advisory Group.

Nick Timothy

Columnist, author & former Downing Street Chief of Staff

Nick Timothy is a columnist for the Daily Telegraph and the author of Remaking One Nation: The Future of Conservatism. He is also a business consultant, Chairman of the Future of Conservatism project at Onward, a Senior Policy Fellow at Policy Exchange, a Visiting Professor at Sheffield University and an adviser to the Inter-Parliamentary Alliance on China.

A former Downing Street chief of staff and Home Office special adviser, he has served as a Non-Executive Director in the Department for Education and as a member of the 2022 Commonwealth Games Organising Committee. In early 2023 he completed an independent review of the Home Office on behalf of the Prime Minister and Home Secretary. Nick was recently selected as the Conservative prospective parliamentary candidate for West Suffolk at the next general election.

Henry Hill

Deputy Editor, Conservative Home (Chair)

Henry Hill is Deputy Editor of ConservativeHome. He joined the team in 2013 with the Red, White, and Blue column covering the Home Nations before serving as Assistant Editor and News Editor from 2015. He specialises in the Union and constitutional issues as well as leading on education and housing stories.