Cheshire and Warrington Sub-regional Annual Summer Conference

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The Cheshire and Warrington Sub-regional Annual Summer Conference is the showcase event of the Sub-regional calendar. Sub-regional partners look forward this annual event, which creates an opportunity to bring key stakeholders together to explore issues which effect the Sub-region. This conference sets the tone for the year by exploring opportunities for joint working; sharing ideas, aspirations and values and discussing the important topics of the day.

In 2011, the first Cheshire and Warrington conference was an important step to nurturing a partnership which has grown in maturity, so that people who live in, work in, visit and trade in Cheshire & Warrington benefit from an inclusive economy, and an environment in which people thrive.

2019: Reconnecting People and Place: Shaping the Future in Cheshire & Warrington.

In Cheshire & Warrington, we want to explore why there seems to be a disconnect between the two key agendas of people and place, so that we can work together across organisations, departments and systems to build an inclusive economy, which invests in the wellbeing, connectedness and productivity of the area.

Held in the Tennent’s Hall at Tatton Park, near Knutsford, on Friday 14th June 2019, conference delegates heard from outstanding keynote speakers before joining a range of inspirational Breakout Sessions.


2018: A Local Industrial Strategy for Cheshire and Warrington

Following the launch of the Government’s national Industrial Strategy, Cheshire and Warrington’s Economic Directors took the lead in steering this event, which engaged public and private sector partners in a dialogue about a Local Industrial Strategy for the Sub-region. This was our first “outward facing” conference.

2017: Inclusive Growth in Cheshire and Warrington

Hosted by ITV’s Lucy Meacock, this conference, which took place at Chester Racecourse on Friday 7th July 2017, was opened by Cheshire West and Chester Council Leader, Councillor Samantha Dixon. As the launch of the refreshed Cheshire and Warrington Strategic Economic Plan, the focus on Inclusive Growth helped to bring people and place based planning and services together.

2016: Science, Technology and Innovation

Within Cheshire and Warrington there are a number of sites at the cutting edge of science, technology and innovation. This conference sought to capitalise on the recent announcement of an Enterprise Zone for the Cheshire Science Corridor, creating an opportunity for delegates to learn more about this exciting agenda and to consider the impact on public service in Cheshire and Warrington. The event was held at the Halliwell Jones Stadium in Warrington.

2015: The Post Election Landscape – A New Era for Public Services

The Conference was held shortly after the General Election and naturally challenged delegates to consider how the priorities for public service delivery will develop over the next Parliament and focused on the post-election landscape, devolution and public service transformation and the impact on the sub-region. The main keynote speaker was Ed Cox, Director of IPPR North and was held at the Centre at Birchwood Park.

2014: Imagining 2020 – The Future of Public Services

The Conference had a futurology theme and asked delegates to think about public services in 2010. Dr.Henry Kippin, Director of collaborate was the main keynote speaker along with Grant Thornton (Financial Tipping point) Alison Tonge NHSE (Transformation in Partnership) and Philip Cox (the local economy). The keynotes were followed by a series of visioning workshops around Older 2020, Healthier 2020, Safer 2020 and Leaner 2020. The Conference was held at the MMU Campus in Crewe.

2013: Moving Beyond Partnerships

This was a Health and Wellbeing conference, which was held at the Riverside Innovation Centre, in Chester. Bringing together practitioners, commissioners and public service officers, this conference looked at ways in which, through closer collaboration and alignment of activity, we can improve health and wellbeing outcomes for the citizens of Cheshire and Warrington; and in facing the challenge of moving beyond partnerships into more integrated service delivery models, how do we protect the most vulnerable members of our society during this time of transition.

2012: Celebrating our Achievements – Going for Gold?…

Held at Birchwood Park’s, The Centre, near Warrington, this conference considered economic growth opportunities across Cheshire and Warrington, whilst exploring the associated challenges for the public, voluntary and community sectors to enable this growth.

2011: New Ways of Working Together

Following the Local Government reorganisation of 2009 and the emergence of Local Enterprise Partnerships, Council Leaders and other senior partners created an opportunity to explore new ways of working together at the first Cheshire and Warrington Annual Summer Conference, which was held at the Tenants’ Hall, Tatton.