The Best of Building Back Better: Crisis Thinking to Policy Change - and What it Means for Leicester Business

By LBF2020 (other events)

Tuesday, November 10 2020 12:30 PM 1:30 PM

As the first city to be impacted by localised Covid-19 lockdown, Leicester innovated and responded in real time to an unprecedented situation. Throughout the period, conversation evolved on what might change for the better and what such change could look like in the long-term. ‘Build back better’ has become a lively debate exploring possible longer-term changes in society, the economy and our communities. 

Former Deputy City Mayor Rory Palmer and former Leicester Mercury editor George Oliver are joined by guests from different sectors to review how lockdown innovation in policy and local communication could be applied to the benefit of the city's future. 

This discussion will bring together those with an active interest in the developing ‘build back better’ debate, exploring how ideas and thinking in response to crisis situations can evolve into longer-term and lasting policy change. The event will welcome contributions from audience members and will have a particular focus on how the experience of local businesses can steer and lead the conversation.  

Attendees will gain the opportunity to contribute to the emerging conversation about strategic options for the city of the future - and the role of business within it.


George Oliver, Director, 1284 Ltd, and former editor of the Leicester Mercury and LeicestershireLive.

Rory Palmer, Public Policy Specialist, Leicester’s Deputy City Mayor 2011-2017, and former Member of the European Parliament.  


Professor Ivan Browne
Director of Public Health, Leicester City Council

Jenny Cross
Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and Rutland area lead, Federation of Small Business


  • 12.30 Welcome 
  • 12.40 Discussion with Mark Charlton 
  • 12.50 Discussion with Jenny Cross 
  • 13.00 Discussion with Professor Ivan Browne 
  • 13.10 Audience Q&A
  • 13.25 Summary and close

Mailing Address

Leicester Business Festival CIC, Friars Mill, Bath Lane, Leicester, LE3 5BJ