The Annual Business Forum for the Gatwick Diamond – 2017 events:

IMG_6705Nearly 200 leaders from the public and private sector come together for the annual Gatwick Diamond Economic Growth Forum to identify and discuss opportunities, debate threats and celebrate success in the £22.3 billion Gatwick Diamond economy.

The Gatwick Diamond Economic Growth Forum 2018 will take place on June 12, 2018, at the Arora Hotel Crawley.

It will be the sixth annual Gatwick Diamond Economic Growth Forum. In 2017, as we passed the 15th anniversary of the coining of the name “Gatwick Diamond”, and with theIMG_6813 Government considering a new place based, and locally led, industrial strategy, it was time for a serious review.

We used the opportunity to look forward at how our economy might develop in the the next fifteen years, with the benefit of an immense amount of information delivered by two reports which benchmark our performance against the rest of the UK.

Centre fIMG_6822or Cities provided a snapshot of our regional economy compared to a basket of others around the UK, showing how we fare for innovation, skills, economic value added, and more.

Grant Thornton’s contribution took into account a wider set of characteristics. They showed how their Vibrant Economy IndexIMG_6753 measures the current position of our eight local authority areas across six baskets of socio-economic indicators, to provide an indication of the vibrancy of the area.

Together, these reports provided deep understanding about the past, present and future of the Gatwick Diamond economy, and how we IMG_6743might influence that future for the better.IMG_6771

These inputs sparked much debate about how we can move forward, together, fuelled further by contributions from senior business figures, and local and national government.

IMG_6737Stewart Wingate, CEO, Gatwick Airport and Daryl Gayler, Managing Director, RBS at the 2016 GDEGF – Photographs courtesy of Stephen Johnson Photography

What the delegates say

Delegates enjoyed the Gatwick Diamond Economic Growth Forum’s blend of speakers, panels and networking. Here is a selection of comments from our post-event delegate survey:

“A really brilliant forum; quality of the speakers was very high with empirical evidence and pragmatic examples of economic growth inspiring information.”

“Excellent networking and chairing of the forum and linking key issues.”

“I was inspired, impressed and learnt so much from the day.”

“The forum could have been longer to have more discussion in break out groups about actions for business.”

“Really informative and interesting”

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