Business and public sector leaders are set to come together on 21 June for the Oxford Cambridge Corridor Economic Growth Conference, supported by the National Infrastructure Commission, England’s Economic Heartland and regional and local authorities
The conference, hosted by Built Environment Networking and in association with Bouygues Energies & Services, will see some of the region’s biggest names in business, politics and local government lead a regional economic debate including discussions on industrial strategy, skills, housing, infrastructure and growing the economy. The Cambridge Corridor conference will create opportunities, connectivity and communication between cities to drive economic development and growth.
- Professor Sadie Morgan; Commissioner of National Infrastructure Commission
- Martin Tett; Leader of Buckinghamshire County Council and Chairman of England’s Economic Heartland
- Ann Limb; Chair of South East Midlands LEP
- Sir Peter Gregson; Chief Executive & Vice-Chancellor of Cranfield University
- Laura Church; Corporate Director of Place and Infrastructure at Luton Council and Chief Infrastructure Officer at London Luton Airport
- Heather Smith; Leader of Northamptonshire County Council and Chair of England’s Economic Heartland’s Strategic Transport Forum
- Richard Harrington; Chief Executive of Buckinghamshire Thames Valley LEP
- Harvey Griffiths; Chief Executive of the Housing Infrastructure Fund
Keith Griffiths, MD of Built Environment Networking said: “The long-awaited transport links between Oxford and Cambridge will not only improve connectivity and communication between the cities and those in-between, but it will provide the infrastructure to drive economic development and growth. The area could support a further 700,000 jobs by 2050, increasing GVA by more than £160bn. We’re delighted to be holding this conference, with the support of the National Infrastructure Commission and England’s Economic Heartland, to join businesses together who are essential to making this a success story.’’
Councillor Martin Tett, Leader of Buckinghamshire County Council and Chairman of England’s Economic Heartland, said: “The Heartland could become the UK’s Silicon Valley, but only by providing the right investment in infrastructure to better connect our people and businesses – not just in transport, but crucially in high-speed broadband too. I’m delighted this conference is focusing on the region’s economic potential and I look forward to sharing with delegates how England’s Economic Heartland is providing the strategic leadership to realise this phenomenal opportunity.’’
Councillor Heather Smith, Leader of Northamptonshire County Council and Chairman of England’s Economic Heartland’s Strategic Transport Forum, added: “This conference will build on the real momentum which is forming behind the region. With the right investment in infrastructure, we can become internationally renowned for science, technology and innovation, competing for UK Plc on the global stage. I look forward to updating delegates on the progress being made by England’s Economic Heartland to realise that ambition, including our work on an over-arching Transport Strategy for the region.’’
For more information or to book tickets to the event please visit: www.built-environment-networking.com/OCCEGC18 and for media enquiries please contact Nathan Spencer on firstname.lastname@example.org.