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{ INTERVIEW } has been upgraded). The North– South rail network is improving and in fact the Chancellor has signed off a study into Brighton Main Line 2, which is worth looking at. It is to the East, so it curves round Gatwick, to East Grinstead, Lewes, Uckfield, and it will connect Brighton into London with a second line. It makes a lot of sense because the line is pretty much there, it just needs a bit of connecting. “There is a manufacturing heartland

here,

professional

there

are

services

in

Haywards Heath, East Grinstead has a good mix of manufacturing and

professional

while

Horsham

businesses, and

Reigate

are homes to substantial head offices. And then you look at the strip going up into Redhill, which could be developed.

If

we get a second runway I can see that becoming a logistics heartland for the businesses who are relocated to the North of the Diamond, while there will be a new logistics centre at the edge of Burgess Hill on the M23. So it’s a really good, healthy, vibrant, diverse economy, because an airport brings economic diversity. And in closing, what are the issues you are working on at the moment? “The main part of our lobbying is still on the second runway

The gdb Team at the Gatwick Diamond Business Awards 2015

at Gatwick, but we are firm advocates for road and rail

Businesses in the Gatwick Diamond are spread out over a big region, so have you become the social side of the business region? “I think so. Doing business in the Diamond is different to a city, as there isn’t really an afterhours business culture here. It’s disparate, and also, a lot of people who run the businesses don’t live in the area. There’s a lot of in-commuting and there’s a lot of out-commuting as well. “Many of the business leaders don’t live in the region or in the town, but you still get that vibrancy. You’ve got a major international airport, fantastic transport links with the developing M23 and the M25, as well as the A27 (once it

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developments, the provision of

“Alongside the networking events, we deliver learning workshops and seminars and the content will be available exclusively for the members.”

the right skills for our employers, affordable and aspirational housing and, in light of the issues with Permitted Development Rights, the challenges facing our supply of employment land. “And we also want any business in the region to grow! Join us or enter the Awards … and you might get that glory!” Nominations for the GDB Awards open 7th October. www.gatwickdiamondbusiness.com www.gatwickdiamondbusinessawards.com

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PLATINUM BUSINESS MAGAZINE - SUSSEX - ISSUE 15  

Premier business magazine for Sussex

PLATINUM BUSINESS MAGAZINE - SUSSEX - ISSUE 15  

Premier business magazine for Sussex