Place-based Inclusive Growth; SURF Annual Conference
Thursday 29 August, COSLA Conference Centre, Edinburgh
What do we mean by Inclusive Growth? Can it really regenerate poor and disconnected places and communities? Where is it already happening and what is transferrable to differing place and contexts?
Over recent years, SURF conferences and its wider work has helped to shift national and local policy towards the complex realities of place, poverty, partners, processes and resources.
Major national, regional and local agencies, across all sectors, are altering strategic focus towards better connecting their priorities and resources, with varied local circumstances and opportunities.
At this year’s SURF Annual Conference, leading politicians, academics and practitioners from community, private and public organisations, will help us explore the connections between challenges and assets, policy and resources, infrastructure and aspirations.
Award winning projects and progressive agencies will fill an ‘Inclusive Places and Projects Marketplace’ of experience and resources.
We will even have an award winning comedian to have us all leaving with a smile, while helping us keep it real.
9.30am Registration and networking with tea/coffee and music by Fèis Phàislig
10.00am Welcome and Setting the Scene – Kate Wimpress, Chair & Andy Milne, CEO, SURF
10.20am What are we talking about? – Russell Gunson, Director, IPPR Scotland
10.40am Prioritising Place – Steve Dunlop, Chief Executive, Scottish Enterprise
11.00am Coffee, pastries and chat; with music by Fèis Phàislig
11.20am Inclusive Reality – Martin Avila, Development Director, Kinning Park Complex
11.40am Growing Consensus? – Electronic Voting Session
12.00pm Place, Policy and Practice – Panel Session; Russell Gunson, Steve Dunlop, Martin Avila and David Cowan (Scottish Government)
12.30pm Lunch with exhibitors at our Inclusive Places and Projects Marketplace.
1.30pm The National Policy Perspective – Aileen Campbell MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Local Government and Communities
1.50pm Partners in Place – Panel Session; Aileen Campbell MSP, Geraldine Campbell (SCRIG), Fraser Carlin (Renfrewshire Council), Karen Orr (RIG Arts), Nick Skelton (Peter Brett)
2.30pm Including Community Culture – Janey Godley, Comedian
2.45pm Summary and What’s Next? – Andy Milne, Derek Rankine and Emma Scott, SURF
2.55pm Thanks and close of conference – Kate Wimpress, Chair, SURF
3pm Sharing Success – tea/coffee and networking in an Inclusive Places and Projects Marketplace
SURF Members were given a priority booking period for this year’s Conference prior to opening out to our wider network. The Conference is now FULLY BOOKED.
If you would like to be added to the waiting list or have any queries please contact firstname.lastname@example.org