The Public Sector Show Manchester features five dedicated content streams, between them providing a diverse range of in-depth case studies, lively panel debates, insightful interviews and strategic keynote addresses. The full agenda will be available closer to the Show.


The State of the Public Sector Theatre

The centrepiece of the day’s content, delivering strategic messages from political heavyweights and leaders from government departments, as well as other leading public sector bodies. The theatre delves into crucial themes that pose cross-sector challenges for the public sector, including: delivering value for money; transforming digital services; the opportunities of devolution; and leading organisations to meaningful change.

Digital and Technology

The future of the public sector digital landscape is of the upmost importance, and holds the key to delivering more transparent, efficient and effective public services. This theatre will see local digital leaders and innovative technology providers showcasing the latest means of delivering holistic digital transformation. Key themes will include: managing cultural expectations alongside technological overhaul; keeping pace with emerging and disruptive technologies; refining the use of data; and the potential of automation and AI.

Finance and Corporate

With local government set to lose 54% of central government funding over the next two years, the public sector is facing many fiscal challenges. This theatre provides a platform for pioneering financial leaders to demonstrate the measures they are introducing to not only maintain public services, but to also deliver improved economic outcomes for wider society. Key themes will include: securing return on investment; embracing commercialism; more effective procurement and commissioning; delivering and measuring social value; and effective financial management.

Local Infrastructure

There has been significant progress in reducing the size of the public sector estate, which has seen both local and central government leverage more value from their collective assets. The consolidation of these assets has released land which is now being used for housing and commercial space, which is driving investment opportunities and infrastructure improvement across the country. This theatre will discuss generating local economic growth, delivering more integrated customer-focused services, affordable housing, sustainable estates, and local transport.

Workforce and Leadership

Political and economic pressures continue to present the public sector workforce with unprecedented challenges. Ongoing policy shifts and the changing nature of public services is having a complex impact on the HR function, and the ability of senior leadership to steer their organisations through financial difficulty and manage consumer expectations. This theatre will discuss how organisations can attract, train and retain the most talented employees, foster inclusion and diversity, improve staff productivity, and drive effective recruitment