News: Inclusive growth

Inclusive growth
The Oxford Strategic Partnership, chaired by Baroness Jan Royall, Principal of Somerville College, and Oxfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership (OxLEP) has started a piece of work to examine inclusive growth. The first seminar took place on 16th October 2019 with presentations on research and data – framing the challenges and issues – as a means of starting a debate on how growth can provide equity and opportunity for all across the country. Baroness Royall hosted and chaired the first seminar

Access presentations from seminar 1 here

You can find Sarah’s note from the first seminar here: Inclusive growth note from seminar one October 2019

Seminar 2 – focused on Place-based Strategies took place on 28 October, at Kellogg College, University of Oxford

Economic inequalities and deprivation are often concentrated in specific areas of cities and towns, or affect places in specific ways. The solutions to the inequality challenge can also lie within these places strengths and opportunities.  This seminar looked at lessons learned from cities and organisations that are taking the initiative to lead public-private place based strategies and investments.

Speakers at the second seminar were Gareth Hart, Bev Hindle, Neil McInroy and Jayne Woodley.

  • Gareth Hart is Chair of Plymouth’s Inclusive Growth Group, a working group of the Plymouth Growth Board. The Growth Board is a private sector led partnership, bringing together representatives from important city organisations to collaborate and drive forward the economic priorities of Plymouth.  Gareth led the bid that saw Plymouth become the UK’s first ‘Social Enterprise City’.


  • Bev Hindle is Director of the Oxfordshire Growth Board and Oxford to Cambridge Arc Leaders and Chief Executives groups. He is responsible for coordinating implementation of the £215 million Oxfordshire Housing and Growth Deal agreed with Government in 2018, which includes developing the Oxfordshire Plan 2050 that will consider the needs of the county and align its strategies so that plans for future housing and infrastructure are joined up.


  • Neil McInroy is Chief Executive of the Centre Local Economic Strategies (CLES) a leading independent think and do tank, realising progressive economics for people and place. CLES’s aim is to achieve social justice, good local economies and effective public services for everyone, everywhere. Neil’s work as the Chief Executive is centred on strategic policy making, cooperation, developing strategies, and public sector reform.


  • Jayne Woodley is CEO of Oxfordshire Community Foundation an independent charity connecting people who care with causes that matter. Since it was established in 1995 it has stewarded £12 million in donations from Oxfordshire’s generous givers, grown its endowment fund to nearly £5 million, and awarded £6.3 million in grants, benefiting around 2,000 local charities and community groups. They also host the responsible business group Reciprocate.

Presentations from the second seminar are not yet available.

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