The UK’s regional inequalities are some of the worst in the developed world and the disparities are growing. When it comes to health, jobs, disposable income and productivity, only the US has a wider divide.
In 2019, the new Conservative government committed to reduce regional divisions and bring prosperity to all parts of the country as part of their ‘Levelling Up’ agenda, recognising that public spending, institutional funding and business investment are all far higher in London and the South East than anywhere else.
How can big business help to address London’s financial dominance and global standing and spread wealth to regions outside of major cities for a more balanced regional economy and reduced geographical social inequality? What needs to change? What does ‘levelling up’ mean for businesses, and how do we get there?
A message from Gillian Keegan, MP, Minister for Apprenticeships and Skills
An interview with Torsten Bell, Chief Executive Resolution Foundation and Moderator
Followed by a panel discussion with Steve Rotheram, Metro Mayor LCR; Rajesh Agrawal, Deputy Mayor London, Business; Councillor Susan Hinchcliffe; Leader of Bradford Council and Chair of West Yorkshire Combined Authority and Claire Dove CBE, VCSE Crown Representative
Hosted by Evan Davis