The NLGN team is delighted to invite you to join us and our partners during our exciting LGA conference programme. Whether through our Innovation Bar or at one of our invitation only roundtables, NLGN is where the key debates about the future of local government are happening.


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8th-10th July
Stall P50, Exhibition Hall, Bournemouth International Centre.

The NLGN Innovation Bar will be a space at the LGA exhibition with a difference. As well as offering free juice to refresh delegate’s palate, we will also offer people a space to ask any questions on a range of topic – big or small. And a range of experts and practitioners ready to help them take their next step towards innovation.

For full details on the Innovation Bar click HERE


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Tuesday, 8th July, 19.00 – 22.00
Dinner, Best Western Connaught Hotel

Councils are increasingly aware of the value of the data they already hold in better targeting of their service delivery. Big data and open data are fast becoming the buzzwords in local government. Ultimately, local government needs to move beyond the conversation about how data is captured and used to a more nuanced conversation about how to better understand citizens.

How many local authorities truly understand the practical applications of the data they hold? And how can they work with data sets held across numerous systems to get the best from the information while protecting privacy and avoiding duplication. How can they use that data to listen to what citizens are really telling them, and design their offer accordingly.

The NLGN Tuesday night dinner has fast become a staple of the LGA Conference programme. Join us for this essential Chatham House Rule discussion as we move the conversation on what to do with big data to the next level.

Spaces are limited, so please email to confirm your attendance.


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Wednesday, 9th July, 08:00 – 9:30
Breakfast Meeting, Best Western Connaught Hotel

This breakfast is part of an exciting project we are running in conjunction with Amey on Hard Choices and the Next Spending Review. The next Spending Review poses an unprecedented financial challenge to local government. Councils which have already slimmed down radically will have to find new ways to transform their services if they want to maintain the current quality of outcome for their residents. Local authorities are already considering where these hard choices will fall.

While many of the more innovative councils are starting to put their plans in place, and to discuss these with members, there is no national debate or process to help them learn from each other and making it difficult for the private sector to play a full role in local government transformation.
We will hear from Barry Quirk, Chief Executive of the London Borough of Lewisham and Deborah Cadman, Chief Executive of Suffolk County Council on how they are approaching the spending review, what they anticipate the hard choices will be and how they are working with private sector partners to ensure quality of outcomes for their citizens.

Spaces are limited, so please email to confirm your attendance.