It’s important to understand why major employers and investors put their time and money in to our Gatwick Diamond. Those of us who live and work here understand the value of the superb road, rail and air connections to domestic and international customers, and the high quality of life here, but what would make it more attractive?
The annual Gatwick Diamond Economic Growth Forum, which attracts around 200 delegates each year, will this year give a platform to a number of major investors and employers, and ask of them why they are investing here, and what could be done to make the region even more attractive.
Surinder Arora, CEO of Arora Group, who are currently progressing a major development in Crawley Town Centre, and who are also a major employer in the area through a number of hotels, will talk about why he has invested so much here, and about what others could do to encourage more investment.
Stewart Wingate, CEO of Gatwick Airport will talk about his investment programme and rationale, and how the airport plans to help the Gatwick Diamond economy grow.
Delegates are a mix of leaders from significant local employers, investors, local authorities and more. It’s this mix that gives the event its power, as business leaders talk directly to local authority leaders about how we can make growth happen faster.
Organisations represented last year included American Express, Balfour Beatty, Canon UK, Chemigraphic, DMH Stallard, East Surrey College, Gatwick Airport, Iceni Projects, Jones Lang Lasalle, KPMG, Liberty Property Trust, Mayo Wynne Baxter, NatWest, Optima Systems, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Red River Software, Southern Housing Group, Transvalair UK, University of Brighton, Valad, and Whiston Solutions, as well as the Coast to Capital LEP and all seven of the local district and county councils – all of which gives the event significant networking power.
The annual Gatwick Diamond Economic Growth Forum, which this year takes place at the Arora Hotel in Crawley on June 9, brings public and private sector together to discuss the opportunities and obstacles for our regional economy.
Join the conversation. See more information at http://www.gdegf.com.
For 2016, the event theme is the digital economy. The event will spend some time considering our digital sector, and how it can grow further, providing more jobs, and generating more local economic value.
The digital sector has an impact far beyond its own borders. All companies are now or will be affected by new digital trends such as the internet of things, cloud computing, mobile web services, smart grids, and social media, and those who take best advantage of them will grow the quickest.