On Tuesday, 30th November, 15:00-18:00 GMT the Impact Investing Institute, Lloyds Banking Group and Metro Dynamics hosted an event to launch the report Building Strong Places: a new, impactful role for financial institutions.

The event took place at Fazeley Studios in Digbeth, Birmingham and was livestreamed to a virtual audience from 15:30-17:30.

There is a real opportunity for responsible private capital to invest directly in UK towns, cities and regions in ways that enhance local resilience and deliver positive social outcomes as well as driving inclusive economic growth and addressing the climate challenge. 

Working with sector experts, Lloyds Banking Group has been looking into how they can more actively engage with places to support their ambitions through thoughtful investment in commercially viable opportunities, working closely with Birmingham, Leeds and Liverpool City Councils to trial new approaches.

As well as an overview of the report provided by place and regeneration experts Metro Dynamics, senior representatives from each of the City Councils joined Jamie Broderick of the Impact Investing Institute and Chris Sood-Nicholls – Managing Director, ESG & Regional Regeneration at Lloyds Banking Group – to share their experience of the project and key learnings.  

You can read the full report here.