Bristol Festival of Ideas 'Festival of the Future City' Event

You can now access an audio recording of the Bristol Festival of Ideas ‘Festival of the Future City’ Event – a really interesting discussion which brought together a panel from Local Government, Housing Development & the VCSE & Financial sectors.

Hosted by City Funds Investment programmes partner, Bristol & Bath Regional Capital, the event asked:

“What role can local impact capital play in the future of Bristol?” Exploring a practical, local version of a ‘just transition’ in a more sustainable, fair economy.

Panellists discussed the potential benefits to our cities that might be derived from the use of local impact capital.

Listen again here:

This event took place on 21/10/21 at Bristol’s Watershed.

Host: Bristol Ideas Director, Andrew Kelly

Speakers included:


Gavin Bridge, Managing Director of Spatia & Strategic Advisor to Bristol & Bath Regional Capital. He has worked in development for over 20 years & is keen to collaborate & create with partners across the UK transforming places, communities & lives through sustainable neighbourhoods, smart, healthy workspaces & low & zero carbon homes.


Sado Jirde Director of Black South West Network, who works to raise the profile of racial inequality at strategic & policy levels regionally & nationally, as well as locally in Bristol. She has also been leading on the discussion around inclusive growth & the role social investment could play in addressing economic inequality in Bristol.


Craig Cheney, Deputy Mayor of Bristol, Councillor for Hillfields & member of the Mayor of Bristol Marvin Rees’ cabinet with executive responsibility for Finance, Governance & Performance at Bristol City Council.


Annabel Smith Senior Network Lead for the Inclusive Growth Network, Centre for Progressive Policy, who works with cities & regions across the country to foster place-based approaches to inclusive economic growth.


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