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Proud to be Lincoln Growth Conference 2018

The continued regeneration and future growth of the City was well received by partners at the 2018 Lincoln Growth Conference. The conference opened with a video compilation of recent achievements. 

The theme for the event held in the new Constance Stewart Hall building at Bishop Grosseteste University on Friday, March 16th 2018 was Proud to Be Lincoln. Attendees reflected on progress made in the city over the last 18 months, including the new transport hub and work starting on the Lincoln Eastern Bypass.

Speakers at the event also looked forward, with the announcement of a new medical school in Lincoln, the city council investing £3 million in the crematorium, and a grant of £1.7 million for outdoor sports activities.

The 150 people in attendance were also reminded through the excellent presentations from Partner organisations of the ongoing works taking place within the city. These included the redevelopment and enhancement of Lincoln Cathedral, the promotion of Lincoln as a visitor destination, and as a place to invest and grow businesses, education, skills and training. The presentations also promoted the next stages of development in the Cornhill Quarter. This will see Sincil Street connected to the new 1,000 space car park as well as an Everyman boutique cinema, and more restaurants moving in. 

Delegates also participated in four workshop discussions themed around some key issues facing the future growth of the City. The workshop themes were Smart Cities, Inclusive Growth, Brownfield challenges and developing the Culture and Leisure offer. You can view notes from the four workshops along with audience poll results.

The whole conference was polled for their views on a range of issues. The results of these polls are: 

Are Lincoln Growth Plans

Are Lincoln’s growth plans;

  • 1% Too ambitious
  • 71% About right
  • 27% Not ambitious enough
Barriers to achieving growth plan

What is the biggest barrier to achieving Lincoln’s growth plan?

  • 32% Road infrastructure
  • 7% Rail connections
  • 14% Utility constraints
  • 11% Wider economy
  • 19% Lack of funding
  • 12% Skills shortage/deficit
  • 5% Other


9:00 - 9:30 Registration teas and coffee 
9:30 - 9:45 Welcome from Chair  
9:45 - 10:15 Achievements over the last 18 months 
  City Council update on progress against the Council’s Vision 2020 priorities presented the last conference  
10:15 - 11:30 Looking Forward 
  Updates from key Growth Partners on their plans and direction of activity for the next few years.   
11:30 - 11:45 Teas and coffees
11:45 - 13:00 Workshops

Workshop 1: Smart Cities

Smart cities can be a great booster to many factors helping a city to thrive economically and environmentally to best serve its residents. The goal of smart cities are to provide a greater sense of ease for the lives of its residents and support the economic growth.  Smart city projects are big investments that are should drive social transformation. The workshop will explore how ‘smart’ the City currently is and identify the opportunities/priorities for developing the ‘Smart’ agenda. 


Workshop 2: Inclusive Growth 

Inclusive growth is a type of economic growth that creates opportunities for all parts of the population. It distributes the dividends of increased prosperity fairly across society. A key aspect of inclusive growth is balancing the need of individuals to benefit from economic growth, with the need of Lincoln businesses to have the right skills and expertise to be future leaders in the economy. The workshop will explore this theme and the implications for Lincoln’s Growth.  


Workshop 3: Housing Delivery and Brownfield Land Challenges 

The City Council has recently published its brownfield register, a list of sites that have been previously developed that are potentially suitable for housing-led development. These registers aim to support the City’s sustainable house building program. The workshop will explore the issues and opportunities these sites represent and identify key barriers to accelerating development delivery. 


Workshop 4: The Leisure and Cultural offer 

The UK Government’s City of Culture guidance identifies that local culture is “an opportunity to bring communities together, build local pride, develop new partnerships, and attract tourists from across the UK and beyond…..Culture has the power to transform communities by making a crucial contribution to the economic and social regeneration of our cities and towns. It attracts and inspires” The workshop will explore; what is important to employers in terms of the local leisure and culture offer in attracting staff to relocate to the city; the value of the leisure and culture sector locally as an economic driver itself; and the role of leisure and cultural development as a catalyst for regeneration and community development. 

13:00 - 13:30  Conclusion and summing up
13.30 - 14:00  Lunch