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There has never been a more urgent need to rebalance the UK economy. With real economy productivity still too low, and prosperity too concentrated in London and the Southeast, our economy remains one of the most geographically imbalanced in Europe. Whilst already severe, these challenges are likely to become even more acute in the context of Brexit and upcoming reforms to local government financing.

A growing body of evidence suggests that locally rooted, stakeholder banks could help counteract and address these issues, and deliver a much more inclusive growth and localised prosperity throughout the UK.

This research is backed up by increasing activity on the ground from a growing body of local banking practitioners, who are developing financial institutions that pursue a social and locally focussed mission as well as a financial one, which lend to the real and productive economy.

The New Economics Foundation, the RSA and Bristol and Bath Regional Capital are therefore delighted to invite you to an interactive roundtable discussion we are convening to bring local banking practitioners and key stakeholders together. This is one of a series of three roundtables NEF and the RSA are hosting this month, working in partnership with local hosts in Birmingham, Bristol, and London. The event will explore:

What is local banking, and how can it benefit the UK?

What are the motivations and barriers to establishing these kinds of banks – and how do these present in practice in your area?

How could councils and other key stakeholders help to catalyse the establishment of socially impactful, local stakeholder banks – in your city?

Each discussion will be focus specifically on the local context, and will include facilitated workshops and interactive discussions to leverage the expertise, knowledge and experience of the participants in the room.

In the West of England we are particularly happy to have the support and input of Bevan Brittan, a national law firm with considerable national and regional experience in public benefit innovation.

We very much hope you can join us

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