There is widespread recognition of the diversity of experiences of English coastal communities with some performing economically well, whereas many others less so. Those that are not, are experiencing long-term decline of their core industries such as domestic tourism, fishing, shipbuilding and port activities, and are in desperate need of economic revitalisation; seasonality and their peripheral location create additional challenges to economic prosperity.
Productivity and economic under-performance are national priorities as set out by the government’s Industrial Strategy (HM government, 2017), and ‘Building Back Better’ and ‘Levelling up’ agendas (HM government, 2021).
But, how can English coastal communities respond to the UK's productivity challenge and contribute toward national prosperity? Of those at risk of being ‘left behind’, how can their economic potential be unlocked? What are the challenges and barriers? Consideration of these very issues in the context of seaside towns lies at the heart of this second webinar.
Event Chair: Professor Christine Beatty
- Lord Bassam of Brighton | "Choices, challenges and opportunities: our common coastal heritage"
- Professor Sheela Agarwal | "Economic challenges, barriers and opportunities of English seaside towns"
The webinar will be delivered via Zoom - please register your place via the above link.