The Levelling Up Fund

Maximising the impact of funding and measurement









THIS IS An ONLINE EVENT with no fee to attend

What to expect

With new funding available for local councils as part of the Levelling Up initiative, place managers and local authorities have a new opportunity to invest in the long-term health and prosperity of towns. The high street is a critical part of a local community and the levelling up prospectus talks in detail about the opportunities covered by the fund across the retail and leisure economy in towns and cities.

During this webinar, Katie Girdwood, Business Development Manager for Councils and BIDS will discuss the ways that LDC is helping its council clients to maximise value from funding gained, measure the impact of investments, and build a case to apply for funding. She will also share the latest market context including data on how quickly stores are reopening.

Register here


Katie Girdwood
Business Development Manager - Councils and BIDs

Katie joined the Local Data Company in 2019 and is responsible for supporting clients across the local authority, council and BID sectors. From her previous roles in the retail industry, Katie brings with her an extensive understanding of the retail and leisure sector and takes particular pride in building strong, lasting relationships with clients. More recently, Katie has worked closely with councils to create and deliver strategic investment projects which support long-term regeneration and recovery of local towns and cities for those with and without access to government funding. 

Sarah Phillips
Senior Manager - Marketing & PR

Nick Russell
Local Growth Programme Manager, East Riding of Yorkshire Council

Nick Russell is a Local Growth Programme Manager in the Economic Development service at East Riding of Yorkshire Council and works to support place-based regeneration and social inclusion in rural market towns and local communities.

Having previously worked as a research analyst and as a strategy coordinator, Nick recognises the importance of reliable data to shape effective economic strategy and policy. Over the last year, he has utilised Local Data Online to support a Goole Town Deal investment proposal, monitor town centre performance in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and inform project design and delivery of the Reopening High Street Safely Fund in the East Riding of Yorkshire.


2:00 PM

Welcome and introduction

GB market context and post-covid recovery

Micro-location trends

Key considerations for local authorities

Maximising the impact of funding

2:30 PM

Guest speaker - tbc

2:45 PM


Attend this open event