Coastal Conference 2015
Coastal Conference Review
Over 70 coastal delegates met at Butlins, Skegness on the 3rd November 2015, guests of the Coastal Communities Alliance to discuss “Better Bids, Better Coasts”
Since 2007 the Coastal Communities Alliance has brought together coastal authorities and partners from around England, to share a joint voice for socio-economic issues that are unique to coastal areas.
The conference was organised to continue on this vital support, by continuing to debate and share ideas as to how Coastal Areas working together can improve their platform on local, national and political agendas, showing that coastal areas are able to thrive both economically and socially, competing for business and investment on an equal par to inland urban conurbations.
From peripherality, seasonality and deprivation the Alliance has worked together, to lobby the Government, and influence policy and to secure coastal specific funding addressing key problems that have been preventing coastal areas being able to thrive. The uphill struggle has been to see Coastal Areas as areas of growth and productivity, against their urban counterparts. As coastal areas we need to achieve that delicate balance –making a case to government based on need, but demonstrating our opportunities for growth. The government is clear that growth and productivity are their priorities, and coastal communities need to show that we are committed to supporting those.
Coastal Communities Alliance – Main stage introduction slides – Nicola Radford – Powerpoint presentation, approx. 1MB
Coastal Economic Plans – Outlining Principles and DCLG advice for Coastal Community Teams – Liz Byron – Powerpoint presentation, approx. 895KB
Coastal Business Workshop – Summary of Torbay Development Agency CCF funded program – Daniel Newman – pdf document, approx. 1MB
Coastal Business Best Practice – Summary of best practice business support CCF programs, by John Owens – Powerpoint presentation, approx. 1MB
IT and Retail Skills on the Coast – Workshop highlight CCF funded Lincolnshire digital coastal business program – John Owens and Roy Harper – pdf document, approx. 700KB
Big Lottery – Big Lottery Advice on what they expect in an application and how they are assessed – Philip Alexanders – Powerpoint presentation, approx. 527KB
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