2018 Agenda

The Public Sector Solutions Expo 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 Expo.


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.

Corporate Solutions

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

We consider how greater levels of connectivity can be leveraged to create social and economic growth.  Prominent topic areas include: Smart Cities and Urban Transformation, Frontier planning infrastructure networks and a flexible approach to the burgeoning EV and digital markets. Deep dive into interconnecting our transport systems and plans to harness 5G, AI and IOT to deliver projects that enhance connectivity, regional growth and will shape the next generation of public services.

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