Last chance to book for Midlands Engine debate in Nottingham

Communities secretary Sajid Javid speaking in Birmingham about the Midlands Engine initiative.

As the government ramps up its focus on investing in the regions, a forthcoming industry debate on the Midlands Engine and Midlands Connect, two high profile initiatives designed to secure more jobs and investment for the Midlands in a post Brexit economy, could not be better timed.

The Construction Industry Council (CIC) East Midlands, has joined forces with the Royal Institute of British Architects, the Institution of Civil Engineers, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and the Association for Consultancy and Engineering to organise the debate, Midlands Engine and Midlands Connect - substance or spin?, on Thursday 3 November 2016 at the University of Nottingham.

The event, which is sponsored by Turner & Townsend and BWB, will ask whether there is any substance behind the spin on these two initiatives, look at how local economies across the East Midlands will benefit from Midlands Engine and Midlands Connect and the debate will also examine the impact of these initiatives on those working in the built environment professions.

A high-profile panel has been brought together for the debate to give their perspective and take questions. They are:

  • John Hess, ex BBC East Midlands Political Correspondent CHAIR
  • Steve Midgely, CEO of Fairgrove Homes, EM Chamber of Commerce Board Member
  • Lillian Greenwood MP
  • Nick Ebbs, Chief Executive of Blueprint
  • Will Rossiter, Head of the Economic Research Strategy Bureau, NTU

Maria Coulter, chair of the CIC East Midlands regional committee, commented: “I’m delighted to be involved with such an important debate for the East Midlands community and for built environment professionals. These are major initiatives and we need to be prepared, as an industry, to rise to the challenge and deliver infrastructure that brings with it real benefits for everyone.”

Midlands Engine and Midlands Connect - substance or spin? 
Thursday 3 November  2016, 6pm – 8pm
The GSK Carbon Neutral Laboratories for Sustainable Chemistry
University of Nottingham, Jubilee Campus, Triumph Road, NG7 2GT

The event starts at 6pm with a drinks reception and canapes. Attendance is free but please RSVP your intention to attend by emailing 

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