Regeneration chiefs told to work together

REGENERATION chiefs have been told they must work together if they are to spearhead economic development in the recovery from recession.

Speaking at the West Midlands Regeneration Convention, Sir Roy McNulty, chairman of Advantage West Midlands, said a strong coalition was needed if lasting change was to be delivered.

The convention, hosted by the regional development agency, was arranged to look at the future of regeneration, the challenges that lie ahead and how organisations should prepare for the changes 2010 will bring.

Sir Roy said: “Beyond the immediate tasks in front of each of us, we need to build a strong coalition to address the harshness of the current economic climate.

“This requires a much greater level of collaboration and cross-sector working beyond what we have seen before. Only then will we make the transformational change needed to create a more prosperous economic future for the region.”

He said the RDA would also be encouraging partners to work with it to develop a coordinated strategy.

In addition to Sir Roy, delegates at the convention also heard from Paul Rogerson, chief executive of Leeds City Council, Neil McInroy, of the Centre for Local Economic Strategies and James Morris, of Localis.