The Oxford Cambridge Corridor Economic Growth Conference – the region’s largest business conference of the year – will take place in Milton Keynes on 21 June. It is 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.
Experts believe that the Oxford-Cambridge corridor represents a phenomenal opportunity for the regions and will create opportunities, connectivity and communication between cities to drive economic development and growth.
Speakers at the event will include:
- Prof 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
- Ian Stewart MP; Milton Keynes South MP
- Harvey Griffiths; Chief Executive of the Housing Infrastructure Fund
- Naisha Polaine; Deputy Director of Projects, Regeneration and Infrastructure at the Department for International Trade
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.’’
Richard Harrington, Chief Executive, Buckinghamshire Thames Valley Local Enterprise Partnership, said: “Buckinghamshire has many world leading businesses and business clusters operating at the heart of the Oxford to Cambridge Growth Corridor. Many of these, including Robert Bosch, Silverstone, GE Healthcare, Johnson & Johnson, Boundless Productions & Pinewood Studios are operating at the heart of the automotive technologies, life-science and creative industry sectors and will be critical in delivering the success of the growth corridor. In addition, we have shared our growth plans with the National Infrastructure Commission and Government and we continue to work with our local partners to evolve our growth delivery strategies and plans for the corridor.”