Emsi UK National Conference 2021

The Great British Talent Challenge

Linking talent supply & demand through better insight

23rd September 2021

Pre-Conference Drinks Reception & BBQ

22nd September, 6pm - 10pm

The Studio, 7 Cannon Street Birmingham, B2 5EP

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Wednesday 22nd September    Sector Forums & Drinks Reception with BBQ → 6pm-10pm
Thursday 23rd September    Conference → 9am-4pm
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Britain faces a number of different economic challenges, including poor productivity, low

growth, and big regional disparities. Yet at the heart of many of these issues is an

overarching problem that needs solving in order to then successfully tackle the others:

the misalignment of talent supply with talent demand.


The 5th Emsi National Conference sets out the Great British Talent Challenge, asking how education providers, economic developers and employers can respond by working closer together to improve the linkage of ongoing talent supply with ongoing talent demand.

The conference is aimed at leaders and decision makers, and will include:


  • Keynotes from the fields of education, economic development and employment
  • Breakout sessions looking at the talent challenge from the regional perspective
  • Plenty of time for Q&A, and lots of time for networking opportunities

The Talent Challenge

The Education Provider’s Response

Rising to the challenge of supplying the talent that employers are demanding

The Economic Developer’s Response

Rising to the challenge of developing a talent base upon solid evidence

The Employer’s Response

Rising to the challenge of understanding where and how to source talent supply

Emsi UK’s Response

Rising to the challenge of providing British insight to link talent supply and demand

Emsi Global’s Response

Rising to the challenge of providing Global insight to link talent supply with demand

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Duncan Brown

Senior Economist and Head of Innovation

Emsi UK

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Kevin Lloyd

Local Industrial Strategy Lead

Enterprise M3 Local Enterprise Partnership

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David Corke

Director of Education and Skills Policy

Association of Colleges

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Anthony Impey

Chair of the Skills Policy Unit,

Federation of Small Businesses.

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Timothy van den Broek

Chief Financial Officer


Drinks Reception

Come join us for a drinks reception & bbq on Wednesday September 23rd from 6-10pm

where we will launch the Emsi UK 2021 Talent Attraction Index.

Venue & Accommodation

The Studio, 7 Cannon Street

Birmingham, B2 5EP


We have 20 reserved rooms at Staybridge Suites, Birmingham on a first come first serve basis for the 26th May 2021 at £118+vat including breakfast.

The allocation rooms will be held until Wednesday 25th August 2021, any rooms not confirmed/booked after that date will be released automatically.

If you would like to reserve a room please contact Amy Newell directly on 0121-289-3145 and quote “Economic Modelling”.

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The Staybridge Suites hotel does not have on-site parking due to its location in the city.

They do however offer a concessionary rate of £10.50 for 24 hours with the NCP High Street on Dale End, postcode B4 7LN (closed between 12am and 6am) and £11.00 at NCP Londonderry House B4 7LX.

Please confirm this with the hotel direct.