Recovery in the central South
In June 2020 following a series of consultative seminars, the Southern Policy Centre (SPC) published a short policy paper on Recovery in the central South: collaboration for growth which sought to identify the key issues facing the central South when lockdown is eased and we move into a new economic environment. We heard a wealth of evidence of how city and town centres are being re-shaped, innovative steps are being taken to support local business, and how major companies, universities and other organisations are adapting their business models to prepare for the new economic environment.
The over-arching message was a need for collaboration in the central South across different organisations and sectors to integrate policy responses so that they reinforce each other.
In February 2021, as the region looks forward to following our Government’s ‘roadmap’ for bringing businesses and communities out of the pandemic, a second seminar was held to examine what progress has been made since the publication of our original report, explore how the Covid crisis has impacted the central South and discuss how we can address some of the key economic, social, and environmental issues which have arisen from the pandemic.
We heard contributions from a cross-sector panel of speakers and found that the desire for collaboration is as strong as ever. The audience were keen to see a recovery which gave a better balance between economic, environmental, and social needs and there was particular concern about the plight of young people, who were losing opportunities for learning, training and working.
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Recovery in the central South: collaboration for growth, seminar June 2020 Southern Policy Centre has been working with the public and private sector to identify the key issues facing the central South when lockdown is eased and we move into a new economic environment. This new policy paper, based on […]