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Cultural Regeneration: Enabling a Sustainable and Inclusive City

Thursday 09 March 2017, 13:30 to 17:30

Over the past 4 decades, Bristol has successfully harnessed the power of culture to drive regeneration and renewal in the post-industrial era to make the city a diverse, vibrant and distinct location to live, work, study and visit. But within the emerging knowledge economy, what role will culture continue to have in shaping the identity, inclusion and sustainability of Bristol as a leading global city? Join us and a group of experts representing business, government, education and the cultural sector to explore and consider the opportunities for creating a new era of sustainable regeneration and renewal.

Join leaders from the business, cultural and government sectors and the public as we discuss the opportunities and challenges facing Bristol as the city prepares for another wave of growth and regeneration. Come and listen and have your say.


Additional speakers and panelists confirmed:


Monika Radclyffe, Centre Director of SETsquared Bristol.

SETsquared is a long-standing partnership between the universities of Bath, Bristol, Exeter, Southampton and Surrey which specializes in growing high-tech start-ups through its incubation programme and other business acceleration services. Its business incubation programme is ranked by the University Business Incubator Index as the best in the world and over the last decade it has helped over 1,000 high-tech start-ups to develop and raise more than a £1bn of investment.


Laura Pye, Head of Culture at Bristol City Council

Overall responsibility for the 5 great Museums in Bristol Museums and Galleries Group (Bristol Museum and Arts Gallery, MSHED, Blaise Castle House, Red Lodge and the Georgian House) as well as developing the City’s Arts Programme and co-ordinating the Steering Committee looking at Bristol’s Cultural Future which is due to report in early/mid 2017.


13.30 registration for a 14.00 start

14.00 – 14.05 Welcome

14.05 – 14.30 Session 1: Cultural Memory and the Regeneration of Bristol since 1960

14.30 – 15.30 Session 2: The Growth Drivers of Today in building a Creative and Knowledge Economy

15.30 – 16.30 Session 3: What is the Cultural Future for Bristol and West of England?

16.30 – 17.30 Networking & drinks reception


  • Session 1 will consist of two presentations.
  • Session 2 & 3 will each have 2 keynote speakers (12 mins) who will join a further 2 panellists, for a 20 minute facilitated discussion with the audience.

Session 1

The role of culture in driving constant regeneration and renewal in Bristol. A historical and archive perspective of investment in Culture as a force for regeneration and place making. Speakers TBC

Session 2

What is driving today’s economic and social changes? Brexit, Devolution, Industrial Strategy, The West of England economy, issues and challenges around social inclusion, mobility and skills, the unique role of Creative Industries in regeneration, creating a culture for innovation and skills/talent. STEM to STEAM.

Session 3

Population changes, Future Cities, how other regions in the UK are responding to devolution & Brexit, Bristol and the West of England as a Creative and Innovation powerhouse.


About the confirmed Key Speakers and their Organisations:


Alex Higgins, Social Investment Relationship Manager, Triodos Bank

Following the Economic Banking crash of 2007/8, there has been a huge growth in new models for providing Institutional and Private Investment for Organisations and Enterprises seeking to deliver Social Impact whilst making a commercial return. Triodos Bank, with its UK headquarters in Bristol, is a global pioneer in sustainable banking, using the power of finance to support projects that benefit people and the planet and build a more sustainable society.


Tim Lincoln, Partner and Practice Leader, Grant Thornton

Recognised as one of the world's largest networks of independent accounting and consulting firms for professional services, Grant Thornton launched Vibrant Economy in 2016. A bold new commitment to work with individuals and organisations across the public, private and third sectors to help develop the foundations for a vibrant economy by highlighting the unique role that business can play in stimulating new ways for collaboration, growth, inclusion and social mobility.


Matt Montgomery, Head of Innovation & Technology, Europe, CH2M

CH2M are a global engineering company that provides consulting, design, construction, and operation services for corporations, national and local governments with a major role here in Bristol in the Temple Quarter Enterprise Zone. Leaders in Urban Design and Regeneration through their Great Cities initiative which promotes the belief that great cities are ones which are not just about the buildings, transportation and other infrastructure. But more about the experience through the streets and parks, jobs and services and memories made with family and friends. This creates community and the everyday vibe of work, play and a better way of life.

More speakers awaiting confirmation and to be announced shortly.

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