December 2015

Welcome to December’s L and D Newsletter…

Yoda and Luke
L and D: worthwhile, but takes effort.

Excitement has been building for months. People have been queuing for days.  It’s standing room only.  It’s probably the most eagerly anticipated event of the year.

The CLoG L and D day.

Wednesday 16th December.  Don’t miss it; don’t miss out.

Other highlights in this month’s newsletter include:

  • The CLoG Policy School
  • An opportunity to breakfast with one of the FT’s finest
  • An L and D opportunity with “Wargames” in the title – has to be worth doing, surely.
  • Some inspiration from Luke, Darth, Hans and co.  The Force Awakens opens in cinemas this week.  Will it sell 365 seats in 100 days, or will the CLoG L and D  challenge leave it far, far behind?

In This Edition…

1. CLoG Activities
2. BIS and DCLG Opportunities
3. Across the Country…and Beyond
4. News and Reviews

1. CLoG Activities

The CLoG L and D Day

Wednesday 16th December in the BIS Conference Centre, 10:30 start.

  • Effective Stakeholder Management – A Private Sector Perspective, Chris Wermann, Corporate Affairs Director, Home Retail Group (Argos, Homebase and Habitat)


  1. Practical tips for managing change (Nick Lawrence).  Why do some changes ‘stick’ and other change fail?  This session will give practical tips on planning and implementing change and give participants the opportunity to test their own plans with colleagues.
  1. Well-being (Kate Abbot, DCLG). This session will focus on positive mental health, from a personal resilience perspective.
  1. Daring to Lead – exploring atypical routes to delivering change; influence vs. power (John Loughton, Dare2Lead).How to use the leader within to enhance social outcomes for communities. For a taster of what John’s session will be like, see his TEDx talk here.
  1. Personal resilience under pressure – a policing perspective (Detective Inspector Tim Evans from the Counter-terrorism Internet Referral Unit, based at the Met).  Tim will share with the group his personal resilience, stress management and leadership lessons, using case studies from across his operational policing career.

We will break from 12:30 to 13:15, and there will be a Cake Sale in aid of Mind, our Charity of the Year. Please let Paul Miller or Jack Minty know if you are willing to bake/bring cakes.

  •  Effective Leadership – Reflections from the Private Sector and LEPs, Chris Pomfret – Chair, Cornwall LEP and Managing Director, Marketing and Sustainability Consultancy Ltd. Chris will be discussing leadership, drawing on his experiences as a senior manager at Unilever, his current role at Market and Sustainability Consultancy Ltd and as Chair of the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly LEP. A Q&A will follow the talk.
  • Me, stress and resilience: tools to cope – Sharnel Hogg
  • Final thoughts from Tom Walker – and his leadership story

We will finish at 16:15, refreshments will be served in The Exchange, Lower Ground, BIS, with a sparkle of festive fun!

Chewy and Hans Solo
L and D – learn new skils and make new friends.

The 365 in 100 Challenge

35 days to go.  313 individual pieces of L and D completed and reported across CLoG.

Laurence “L and D” Rockey’s team are in the pro rata lead when it comes to number of L and D activities undertaken per team member.  Details below – there’s still time to catch up.

365 in 100 Challenge

Giving Effective Presentations

Who? Tom Walker

When? 17th December at 1pm

Where? 2 Marsham Street, Room F230

Contact Scott Adcock if you want more information.

The CLoG Policy School


Places on the next edition of the Cities and Local Growth Policy School are filling up fast, so please let your team’s Deputy Director know as soon as possible if you would like to take part.

This is one of the unit’s flagship L&D opportunities. It will be an intensive two day event culminating in a team challenge to develop new local growth policies for Milton Keynes and the South East Midlands LEP. It’s a great chance to expand your local growth policy knowledge, test out ideas in a real place, and get to know colleagues from across the unit.

Darth Vader
Even Darth Vader approves of L and D.

 2. BIS and DCLG Opportunities

DCLG Economics and Social Research seminars

  • 24th February, 12.30 to 13.30:  David Miles, Professor of Financial Economics at Imperial College London and former member of the Monetary Policy Committee, on: Mortgages, housing and demographic change. To book a place go to:

2016 BIS Policy Awards

The competition is open until 31 December and Martin Donnelly will be choosing the short-listed winners. So if you’ve got a policy story that you’re really proud of, contact Richard Carter ( to find out how to enter.

BIS OUTREACH VISIT: University of Southampton Innovation Campus

A chance to meet the Vice Chancellor and tour the university’s Innovation Campus.  Also, check out the RJ Mitchel Wind Tunnel where developments have been instrumental in success of notable performance sports! 10:00 – 15:00, 6 Januaray.  Visit details:

Breakfast with Martin Wolf, Chief Economics Commentator, Financial Times

Central London, 13 January.

You can only learn how to use a light sabre if someone teaches you.  Think about that.

3. Across the Country…And Beyond

Brexit: Process, Substance and Consequence

6.00pm – 8.00pm, Safra Theatre, King’s College London, WC2R 2LS.  Email Kerstin Wachholz to register for your free place.

The Liverpool Law School, London – UK in a Changing Europe Conference

The progress of the UK’s renegotiation exercise and its relationship to the subsequent referendum.

15 January, 10.00 – 17.00, University of Liverpool’s Central London Campus, 33 Finsbury Square, EC2A 1AG.

Further information and registration details can be found here.

Cities Outlook 2016 Launch, Centre for Cities, London.

25th January –

Open Europe, EU Wargames: Simulating the negotiations that will determine Britain’s place in Europe

‘EU Wargames’: you will simulate EU Reform and Brexit negotiations with top-level British and European politicians.

25 January, 08.30-17.30, 7 Tufton Street, London, SW1P 3QN.

Further information and registration details can be found here.

If R2-D2 hadn’t done his L and D he wouldn’t have been able to resolder C3PO’s legs.

4. News and Reviews

The East and West Midlands BIS Local Awayday – The National Space Centre, Leicester (Naomi Green)

On Friday 13th November (lucky for us), BIS Local West Midlands and East Midlands teams – along with many of our Central Team colleagues – convened at the National Space Centre for a fantastic Awayday. The event gave us the opportunity to hear more from our analyst colleagues about their work to understand economic opportunity and for us all to delve further into the regional data for our areas by looking at trends and comparisons between our LEP areas.

Inspired by the statistics we swiftly moved on to devolution, learning from three different areas within the East and West Midlands and their progress through the devolution journey.  We also heard about the huge potential of the Midlands Engine.

To conclude we heard from those people who are really doing business, driving growth through the National Space Centre, building exceptional (and terrifying) skills specialists in all things space-related through partnerships with universities and creating jobs.  We learnt that the Space Growth Action Plan has an interim target of an 8% share of the world’s space economy by 2020 (up from 6.5% in 2010).

It is an amazing story of growth, and ambition and reinforced the significance of the work we do right across the country.

Nat Space Centre

South Central and West BIS Local Development Day – Bristol

Bristol Team Visit November

On 19 November a hardy group of largely London-based souls ventured out west to see what’s going on in one of our BIS Local teams.

The team kicked things off in typically innovative fashion with a quiz to gauge levels of knowledge about the SW and also teach the group a few things they didn’t know already. They then heard from the following speakers:

  • Mike Jackson (Chief Executive of North Somerset Council) shared his reflections on running a local authority in 2015
  • Nick Sturge (Director of Engine Shed) talked about innovation in local growth
  • Barbara Davis (West of England LEP Chief Exec) talked about her role and what it’s like to be on the receiving end of government policy
  • Joe Wakley (Bristol City Council) lead a tour round the Temple Quarter EZ.

The final session a group discussion about economic opportunities associated with what is projected to become the world’s most expensive ever building, Hinkley C.

Ewoks – fanatical about L and D.


L and D Calendar

6th April Better Skills, Better Careers: The Future of Apprenticeships and Traineeships

 This event provides an invaluable opportunity for stakeholders to gain an insight into new and existing policy around apprenticeships and traineeships, and explore how more young people can be supported into work. The symposium will also assess how apprenticeships can become more rigorous and responsive to the needs of more employers, address the national skills shortage, and promote skills development and long-term employment for apprentices.

Time: 10.15am – 4.30pm

Venue: Central London

For further information:

13th April DCLG Event: Introduction to project delivery

 Programme and Project Management (PPM) and its associated management of risk – has been identified as one of the key skills every civil servant needs. Organised by the Programme and Project Management Centre of Excellence (PPMCoE), this workshop is designed to give colleagues a basic understanding of project management methods and managing risks. The workshop will include:

·         brainstorming techniques

·         how to scope a project

·         drafting a project plan

·         risk and issue logs

Time: 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

Venue: Room F3.29 North West

2 Marsham Street,London,SW1P 4DF

To book your place please email PPMCoE.

14th April DCLG Event: Introduction to Management of Risk

 Book your place at this introduction to Management of Risk workshop, which will help build your understanding of Risk Management. Organised by the Programme and Project Management Centre of Excellence (PPMCoE), each workshop is designed to give colleagues a basic understanding of managing risks. The workshop will include:

·         identifying risks and minimising consequences

·         understanding the principles of risk

·         the department’s risk appetite and how it informs risk management

·         differentiating the risk levels

·         utilising tools/techniques

Time: 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

Venue: Room F2.38, South East quadrant

2 Marsham Street, Fry Building,London,SW1P 4DF United Kingdom

To book your place please email PPMCoE.

15th April Digital basics: Introducing Twitter & safe tweeting

 How can you get started on Twitter and make sure that you’re tweeting safely and in line with government and departmental guidance?

Time: 10:00am to 11:00am

Venue: Conference Centre, London, 1 Victoria Street – Book your place.

25th April Engaging the European Parliament

90% of EU legislation is co-decided by the European Parliament (EP). If the UK Government and BIS are to achieve our objectives for EU competiveness and growth which benefit both our businesses and consumers, as well as a successful UK presidency of the EU in July 2017, we need to be able to effectively influence and engage with the EP at all levels from Ministers down to officials. This BIS EU Skills Academy seminar will give you the know-how. We are pleased to welcome Kate Davenport, Head of European Parliament Section, UK Representation to the EU Brussels. In addition, Laura Simpson of BIS European Reform Directorate will explain the role of the BIS European Parliament Coordinator.

 Time: 14:00 – 16:00

Location: Conference Centre, 1 Victoria Street

 For further information:

27th April London School of Economics – What was the Impact of the Coalition Government on Social Policy Outcomes and Welfare Governance?

 This event will launch two new complementary publications analysing UK social policy from 2010 to 2015. The authors will introduce: Social Policy in a Cold Climate: policies and their consequences since the crisis and The Coalition Government and Social Policy: restructuring the welfare state.

Time: 3-6pm
Venue: Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House
Speakers: Professor Hugh Bochel, Professor Sir John Hills, Professor Ruth Lupton, Professor Martin Powell, Dr Polly Vizard

For further information: email or call 020 7955 6562.

London School of Economics: This House Believes We Should Leave the European Union

 On June 23, voters in the will make a decision regarding their willingness to share or pool some of the UK’s sovereignty with the twenty-seven other member states of the European Union. This special event, held as part of the Forum’s 20th anniversary, will consider a motion to change the status quo. We will have two teams of speakers, one speaking for the proposition (Gerard Lyons and Ben Cobley), the other against (Hugo Dixon and Katrin Flikschuh).

 Time: 6.30-8pm
Venue: Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building
Speakers: Ben Cobley, Hugo Dixon, Katrin Flikschuh, Dr Gerard Lyons

This event is free and open to all with no ticket or pre-registration required. Entry is on a first come, first served basis. For any queries see LSE Events FAQ or contact us at or 0207 955 6043.