Programme 2015

Programme 2015 – June 4, Arora Hotel, Crawley

Made in the Gatwick Diamond
8.00 Registration & networking

9.00 Chair’s Welcome Daryl Gayler, RBS

Part 1: The Airport Economy

9.05 Overview – Learning from Airport economies
We take a look at airport related economies around the World, and see what we can learn from their development, their successes, and their failures!

Speaker: John Atkins, Atkins Property
9.30 Gatwick driving the Diamond economy
The airport is at the heart of the Gatwick Diamond. It is directly responsible for thousands of jobs, indirectly for many more, and has attracted many non-aviation businesses to locate and grow here. Our airport may expand, it should certainly grow economically, and help the area around it grow at the same time. Both expansion and non-expansion would bring opportunities and challenges for business growth. How do we ensure that either way we drive more economic and employment growth.

Speaker: Nick Dunn, CFO, Gatwick Airport

10.15 Why am I here?
A significant Gatwick Diamond business talks about why they choose to be here, why they want to stay, and what might make them move on.

Speaker: Stuart Green, VP, American Express

10.30 Coffee break & networking

Part 2: Made in the Gatwick Diamond
We will focus on the economic opportunities and threats provides by the high-value, low volume, “advanced manufacturing” sector which has a strong cluster within the Gatwick Diamond. These businesses are typically fast growing, highly profitable export driven businesses who provide skilled and rewarding employment.

11.00 Made in the Gatwick Diamond: Key Issues
What issues are Gatwick Diamond manufacturing businesses concerned about? Where do they see the opportunities and threats for our regional economy, and what can be done to help?

Speaker – Michael Jenkins, Roffey Institute

11.15 Made in the Gatwick Diamond: Employer Panel
In the Gatwick Diamond we have a strong manufacturing sector. More than that we are strong in high-growth, high-tech ‘advanced’ manufacturing sectors. Other areas want these employers, so how can we protect and build on our strength? What do we need to do, what kind of environment do we need to provide for these businesses to remain and thrive?

Speakers: Mike Wood, Chemigraphic; Brett North, Elekta; Jeremy Taylor, Gatwick Diamond Business Association

Chair: Rosemary French, Gatwick Diamond Initiative

12.00 Made in the Gatwick Diamond: The Skills Challenge
Recruitment and retention of appropriately qualified staff is a key issue for local manufacturers. What can be done about this?

Speakers: Andrew Ward, Brunel University; Georgina Angele, Gatwick Diamond Jobs; Brighton University; Professor Dave Cooper, University of Chichester

Chair: Rosemary French, Gatwick Diamond Initiative

12.45 Chair’s concluding remarks Daryl Gayler, RBS 

13.00 Close, buffet lunch & networking