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Economics, entrepreneurship and equality - in partnership with the Joseph Rowntree Foundation

A free networking event for businesses, charities, voluntary organisations and policy-makers and the general public

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14 June, Ron Cooke Hub

How do you govern for shared prosperity? Is there an economic divide between North and South? What are the factors required to support business growth and how do we foster a culture of entrepreneurship? What needs to happen to increase business confidence? Who are the winners and who are the losers in an age of austerity? How does 'Great Britain PLC' compete against globalisation? How will the Eurozone crisis affect prospects for British business? These are just some of the questions that were debated by a range of business leaders, policy experts, economists and journalists in the first of a series of festival focus days at the 2013 York Festival of Ideas.

Delivered in partnership with the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, and in association with York Professionals, 'Economy, entrepreneurship and equality' day presented an integrated exploration of the factors required to create a stronger economy for a more balanced society.



Julia Unwin, CEO of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, introduced the day.

North - South: from divide to chasm


Opening address by Professor Danny Dorling, chaired by Dr Rowland Atkinson.

Two-speed Britain - myth or reality?


A panel debate, chaired by Professor Peter Smith featuring:

  • Professor Danny Dorling
  • Professor Kate Pickett
  • Martin Vander Weyer, Spectator Magazine
  • Stephen Lee, CEO, Centre Forum
  • Professor Bob Doherty.

Lunch - café open for refreshments

Supporting business and growing the economy


A panel debate, chaired by Julia Unwin, featuring:

  • Jonathan Portes, Director, National Institute for Economic Research
  • Ed Cox, IPPR North
  • Kersten England, CEO, City of York Council, or Cllr James Alexander, Leader of the City of York Council
  • Kevin Brennan, CEO, Quorn Foods
  • Nigel Foster, Leeds and Partners

Coffee break

Managing finance: For the common good


Keynote address by Mark Buchanan. Chaired by Rosemary Bennett.

Coffee break

Skivers vs Strivers - the implications of re-branding the welfare state


A panel debate, chaired by Professor Karen Mumford, featuring:

  • Zoe Williams, The Guardian
  • Paul Johnson, Institute for Fiscal Studies
  • Harriet Sergeant, journalist, author and Research Fellow of the Centre for Policy Studies
  • David Goodhart, Editor at large, Prospect magazine

Progressive capitalism


David Goodhart interviewed Lord Sainsbury of Turville.

7.15pm-8pm, drinks reception

The global challenge for Britain and British business


A panel debate, chaired by David Goodhart, and featuring:

  • Paul Ormerod, economist, author and entrepreneur
  • Hugh Bayley, MP, York Central (Labour)
  • Barry Dodd, York and North Yorkshire Local Economic Partnership
  • Charles Cecil, Revolution Games
  • Angela Darlington, Chief Risk Officer, Aviva
  • Mark Buchanan, author of Forecast