Greater Lincolnshire LEP Annual Conference 2019




Epic Centre

The Greater Lincolnshire LEP’s annual conference and exhibition is a well established, keenly anticipated event in the Lincolnshire business calendar.

Attracting around 400 delegates every year, the conference is our flagship public-facing business engagement event. 

It’s the most important date in the Greater Lincolnshire business diary – and this year’s Greater Lincolnshire LEP Annual Conference will take place a little earlier than usual.

The conference will be staged at the Lincolnshire Showground on Friday 12th July 2019 and will still feature the same essential mix of keynote speakers, expert panel discussions and networking opportunities.

As the LEP continues to shape Greater Lincolnshire’s Local Industrial Strategy, the theme of this year’s conference is Lincolnshire's Evolving Opportunities. Stand by for some fantastic panels, speakers and discussions, as well as an exhibition showcasing innovative and digital technology for future-proofing your business.


Click here to reserve your free delegate pass. 

This year we are bringing together over 25 expert business people, academics, policy makers and delivery partners as panellists to discuss the major emerging topics for Lincolnshire.

Grand Panel 1

The focus of the panel will be how infrastructure such as energy and services such as health and social care can be provided in a rural county with a growing but dispersed population and will be chaired by Susannah Streeter, BBC journalist and news anchor.

Taking part will be Jonathan Reynolds from Nautilus / Orbital Energy, John Henry Looney, Nick Chambers from LACE Housing, Mark Noonan from the Construction Industry Training Board, Mark Lam from the Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust, Professor Richard Parish from the National Centre for Rural Health & Care, Charlotte Horobin from Make UK (formerly EEF) and Debbie Barnes from Lincolnshire County Council.

Grand Panel 2

Grand Panel Two will be chaired by Ursula Lidbetter OBE, Chair of the Greater Lincolnshire LEP and Chief Executive of the Lincolnshire Co-op, and will discuss opportunities for industry leadership.

On the panel will be Duncan Botting from Global Smart Transformation, Lydia Rusling from Visit Lincoln, LEP agrifood consultant Martin Collison, University of Lincoln robotics expert Halvard Grimstad, Janet Bellamy from the National Centre Food Manufacturing, Professor David Welbourn from Eutropia, Naomi Clayton from the Learning & Work Institute, and Chris Baron, Resort Director at Butlins.

This panel will focus on supporting the visitor economy and agri-food sectors to deliver economic growth and high-quality, higher paid jobs.

Alongside the two Grand Panels there will also be five other Expert Panel discussions on: