NLGN at LGA Conference 2018

NLGN is delighted to present our exciting fringe event series happening at this year’s Local Government Association Conference in Birmingham City Centre. We look forward to welcoming senior officers and councillors at our programme of invitation-only breakfasts and dinner discussions.

All events are free to attend, but spaces are limited, and these events are invitation-only. You do not have to be a delegate at the LGA Conference to attend. To request a place, please email with the name of the event you would like to attend.

The Power of Community Asset Transfers

Breakfast, Tuesday 3 July, 08:00
Kindly supported by Power to Change

Community Asset Transfer (CAT) has the potential to unlock local innovation, enable community action and support resident-led solutions. It takes devolution of control and resources to neighbourhoods, creating long-term social value. This high-level breakfast will examine CAT and explore questions including:

  • What CAT can achieve in communities;
  • How councils can help people understand the benefits of CAT; and
  • What the barriers to making CAT happen are


Public-Private Partnerships: Where Next?

Dinner, Tuesday 3 July, drinks from 19:00

Public-private partnerships are under scrutiny as never before. Many are now questioning whether they can survive in their current form or whether they can survive at all. Simultaneously, it is increasingly apparent that as the imperatives facing public service delivery shift, so public-private partnership will need to transform to address challenges like rising demand, social value and community engagement.

This dinner is an opportunity to investigate how public-private partnerships must adapt to survive both new political and delivery challenges. As part of NLGN’s research project on the future of public-private partnerships, it will explore issues such as:

  • What might replace the standard outsourcing model if it is in decline;
  • How to build partnerships focused on innovation and transformation of services; and
  • How to mitigate the risks and liabilities that have emerged in legacy partnerships in the future.


Local Government and Commercialisation

Breakfast, Wednesday 4 July, 08:00
Kindly supported by Norse

Local government’s future financial sustainability increasingly depends on its ability to raise its own revenue. This high-level breakfast is an opportunity for an informal discussion about how councils are developing their commercial activity to generate income, and to explore some of the related issues that arise. The discussion will focus on key areas such as:

  • How and in what areas there is potential for local government to operate more commercially;
  • How a more entrepreneurial culture is being fostered and how this plays a role in a wider strategy for self-sufficiency; and
  • What skills are required of councils’ workforce in this new culture


All events are free to attend, but places are limited. To confirm your attendance email with the name of the event you would like to attend.