The Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership’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.

2018: The Future of the Lincolnshire Economy

2018 saw the newly rebranded Greater Lincolnshire LEP Conference bringing together key leaders from business, education and the public sector as well as industry and government representatives to look at the successes, challenges and opportunities for our economy in the future.

Our highly successful event featured high-profile keynote speakers, four panels discussing the future of skills, energy and water, digitalisation, and robotics and automation, and plenty of networking and new trading opportunities.

The keynote speakers were Sir John Peace, Chairman of the Midlands Engine, who spoke about the future of the economy and how Greater Lincolnshire fits into the Midlands Engine’s vision, and our Chair Ursula Lidbetter MBE, who reviewed the past year and looked forward to what the next 12 months may bring.

Click here to view the 2018 panellists and speakers.

The conference particularly wanted to hear from leaders of businesses of all sizes, from SMEs to large-scale corporations, about the issues, challenges and opportunities facing Greater Lincolnshire and these views were gathered and are helping to shape Lincolnshire's economic ambition and vision.

We also offered delegates the opportunity to join a Meet the Expert from our panel for open discussion on their areas of expertise. 

We also offered delegates the opportunity to join a Meet the Expert from our panel for open discussion on their areas of expertise.

The 2018 line up was:-

EXPERT: Dr Megan Ronayne - Membership Development Manager for EEF – the Manufacturer's Organisation 

EXPERTISE: Future of UK Manufacturing/Competitiveness/ Skills (shortages& apprenticeships) 

EXPERT: Professor Simon Pearson - Director of the Lincoln Institute of Agri-Food Technology (LIAT)

EXPERTISE: Agri-food technology/ Robotics/ Agri-tech automated vehicles  

EXPERT: Richard Blackmore - Regional Director of CBI East Midlands

EXPERTISE: Government strategy/ Brexit planning/ preparation 

EXPERT: Allan Simpson - Strategic Growth Manager, Anglian Water

EXPERTISE: Infrastructure strategy/ planning – utilities, water, homes 

UKTI: Seven top tips for selling online to buyers overseas. 

UKTI: Seven top tips for increasing your exports. 

If you would like to exhibit at the LEP Conference 2019 and have an innovative product to showcase, new technology to demonstrate or a great idea you want to shout about, then contact Sarah Duxbury on: 01522 585501 or email: SDuxbury@lincolnshireshowground.co.uk  for more information.

We look forward to seeing you in 2019!