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Developing Consensus commits to driving regional growth in devolution era

A property and development organisation has set out its agenda to drive regional growth alongside the emerging mayoral combined authority, re-engaging its 100-plus membership to support and amplify new opportunities devolution may bring to the North East.

Developing Consensus recently welcomed more than 60 public and private sector members and associates to the Driving Forward Development and Devolution Conference.

The event, in Newcastle’s One Strawberry Lane, featured break-out sessions that allowed for discussion around barriers and opportunities, and how Developing Consensus can effectively align with devolution.

The event was opened by Dr Henry Kippin, North of Tyne Combined Authority chief executive, who provided an update on progress within the new mayoral combined authority.

Sandra Manson, Developing Consensus chair and senior director at Pegasus Group, said: “We are looking forward to sitting alongside the mayoral combined authority as a critical friend in order to help drive regional growth and bring forward members’ collective voice to influence positive change.

“Our membership is responsible for delivering millions of pounds of major regeneration and new build projects across the region and the event provided a fantastic opportunity to encourage open productive dialogue between both the public and private sector.

“This has given us feedback on barriers to development, areas of concern and the key agenda items which must be addressed by both sectors in order for the region to move forward and prosper.”

The event was supported by sponsorship from North East Local Enterprise Partnership, Pegasus Group, Hanro, FW Capital and Ward Hadaway.

Sandra added: “This is an exciting new chapter for Developing Consensus, which aligns perfectly with this pivotal time for the North East.

“It’s never been more important for our membership to get involved and be a leading voice for strategic positive change within our region.”