About the conference
Inclusive growth has been a feature of the Scottish Government’s Economic Strategy for the past five years, with international governments agreeing that it can help address the most pressing challenges facing the public sector.
But what does this mean at a practical level?
Scotland Excel’s Inclusive Growth conference brings together an exciting roster of speakers who can provide an overview of the latest thinking or have had first-hand experience of translating policy into practice.
With a combined total, annual spend of approximately £6.5bn, local authorities have the means to drive forward inclusive growth in towns, cities and rural areas. And a lot of excellent work has been happening, which we will showcase and examine in more detail in workshops across our two-day conference.
Unpacking strategies and plans
From community wealth building to regional approaches, we want to deconstruct existing strategies and plans and help foster a better mutual understanding between procurement and economic development teams of the part they can play.
As one of our keynote speakers will reveal, this approach needs to go beyond local and national government. We all need to be better citizens – whether personally or professionally - to tackle some of the “wicked problems” that society faces.
The Scottish Government identifies procurement and local economic development as key levers in generating economic, social and environmental well-being for all.
And that demands collaborative working across the public, private and third sectors at unprecedented levels.
Community benefits, Fair Work Practices and spending local are just a few of the areas where a better understanding of the part we can all play and the wider impact on individuals, families, communities and countries, will help us go forward in 2020 with renewed commitment to inclusive growth.