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GATWICK FORUM

WHAT’S GOOD ABOUT THE GATWICK DIAMOND ECONOMY? I

t’s important to understand why major employers and investors put their time and money into our Gatwick Diamond. Those of us

who live and work here understand the value

employer in the area through a number of

College, Gatwick Airport, Iceni Projects, Jones

hotels, will talk about why he has invested so

Lang Lasalle, KPMG, Liberty Property Trust,

much here, and about what others could do to

Mayo Wynne Baxter, NatWest, Optima Systems,

encourage more investment.

PricewaterhouseCoopers, Red River Software,

of the superb road, rail and air connections to

Stewart Wingate, CEO of Gatwick Airport,

Southern Housing Group, Transvalair UK,

domestic and international customers, and the

will talk about his investment programme and

University of Brighton, Valad, and Whiston

high quality of life here, but what would make it

rationale, and how the airport plans to help the

Solutions, as well as the Coast to Capital LEP

more attractive?

Gatwick Diamond economy grow.

and all seven of the local district and county

The annual Gatwick Diamond Economic

Delegates are a mix of leaders from

councils – all of which give the event significant networking power.

Growth Forum, which attracts around 200

significant local employers, investors, local

delegates each year, will this year give a

authorities and more. It’s this mix that gives

The annual Gatwick Diamond Economic

platform to a number of major investors and

the event its power, as business leaders talk

Growth Forum, which this year takes place at

employers, and ask of them why they are

directly to local authority leaders about how we

the Arora Hotel in Crawley on June 9th, brings

investing here and what could be done to make

can make growth happen faster.

the public and private sectors together to

the region even more attractive. Surinder Arora, CEO of Arora Group, who are

Organisations represented last year included Platinum Business Magazine,

currently progressing a major development in

American Express, Balfour Beatty, Canon UK,

Crawley Town Centre, and who is also a major

Chemigraphic, DMH Stallard, East Surrey

discuss the opportunities and obstacles for our regional economy. Join the conversation. See more information at www.gdegf.com.

Left to right: Charlotte Holloway, Surinder Arora, Sam Garrity, Stewart Wingate and Abhi Chacko

DIGITAL CAPABILITY 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. This means we need to retain and grow our strong digital sector for the benefit of the whole Gatwick Diamond economy. How good is our digital infrastructure, and how can it be improved? How do we achieve adequate digital investment? The event will also look at digital skills and the talent pool, discussing how the supply of digital skills could meet the demands of the labour market – and about what we can do to make sure the digital-skills bottleneck does not constrain our growth. Speakers in the digital section of the event include Charlotte Holloway, Head of policy and Associate Director, TechUK; Abhi Chacko, Head of IT commercial department, Gatwick Airport; and Sam Garrity, Managing Director, Rocketmill.

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PLATINUM BUSINESS MAGAZINE - ISSUE 24 - SUSSEX EDITION  

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The widest-read business publication in the South East. Covering International Trade, Legal Issues, Accountancy, Wealth Management, Business...