Integrated Planning for Net Zero: Greater Manchester case study

As part of our Integrated Planning for Net Zero series, we’re highlighting our research on Greater Manchester’s trailblazing local area energy plans. This research was commissioned by Connected Places Catapult. Energy plans to meet net zero targets Using £3m funding from UK Research and Innovation, Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) has been working on an …

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Redefining Community in Manchester

The best way to get your head around a place is to experience it – with that in mind, a key part of Greater Manchester Leaders Plus is field trips (we’ve always been fans). We focus on emerging places, innovative ideas and effective cross-sector partnerships, and trips are set up by the team and by …

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Connecting with Central Manchester

Early in every Leaders Plus course, candidates tour an area in flux, experiencing places with fresh eyes – or ears, noses, pens and lenses – and reporting back. ‘Connecting with Place’ is about expansive thinking and started as a drawing project with artist, teacher and writer Ilga Leimanis before expanding to include photography, interviews and …

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Greater Manchester Leaders – get involved!

Across the UK, the talent pool is churning, with organisations from all sectors struggling to find and hang onto effective leaders – and often struggling to get them up to speed when they take on senior roles. Leaders Plus was established in 2013 to help people navigate that path toward the top tier, and was …

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Next stop: Stockport

Want to see recovery in action? Check out Stockport. On a recent visit, we saw loads of support initiatives from repurposed retail to new public space to a pioneering town centre Mayoral Development Corp. The council is working on perception, but there’s real change behind it.

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The Manchester Grand Tour

How much of central Manchester do you attempt with just over two hours and a very knowledgeable group? All of it, of course! We didn’t get everywhere but certainly gave it a shot with this fascinating GM Leaders Plus field trip.

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In praise of the humble field trip

We are drowning in debate over how we should meet for work, if and when people come in at all. Field trips are a great way to surface, and to share learning and power between stakeholders.

Spotlight: Our Heroes – a poem

Matt Kelly is a GM Leaders Plus Round 2 candidate. His poem reflects on the last year, paying tribute to our wonderful NHS staff and shows that talents of our Leaders candidates go way beyond the built environment!

Spotlight: The Covid-19 homelessness response

The first lockdown saw a “paradigm shift in what was deemed possible” in the homelessness sector. We explore the challenges and opportunities now facing local authorities and not-for-profit organisations in moving forward with sustainable and effective approaches to homelessness post-covid.

Proposal for Greater Manchester: “A Call to Green”

Interested in ways to green your town centre? Check out the video of this great Proposal for GM and get-it-done discussion. Got a Proposal to deliver yourself? Catch the six-minute behind-the-scenes interview for tips and inspiration.