South East Local Enterprise Partnership (SE LEP) Chairman, John Spence, will be among the speakers at a major conference on 11 June to launch the London-Stansted-Cambridge Corridor Consortium (LSCC).
Cambridge and London are connected by extensive rail and road links that shape commuter journeys and supply chains, and provide a positive platform for smart and green growth. In the middle of this corridor is Stansted International Airport that has current unused capacity representing a quarter of that of the whole of Heathrow.
The LSCC is designed to bring together public and private sector bodies in the corridor to champion and lobby for the region. Mr Spence will be among the speakers at the special conference to launch the partnership in Kings Cross, London.
Mr Spence said, “This area and the South East as a whole, with its economic strengths and investment potential, is full of opportunities for businesses of all sizes to fulfil their potential. The London-Stansted-Cambridge Corridor has a key role to play in supporting and stimulating our local and national economies. Through this consortium SE LEP and all the other partners must clearly and loudly articulate the area’s unique selling points and work together to remove any barriers preventing growth.”
The event will see a range of speakers debating how to capitalise on the assets of the corridor to drive forward its high value economy and enhance quality of life in the area.
Speakers will include Rt. Hon Greg Clark MP, Financial Secretary to the Treasury and Minister for Cities; Jim Fitzpatrick MP, opposition spokesperson for Transport; MPs David Lammy, and Charles Walker; and Deputy Mayor of London Kit Malthouse.
As well as Mr Spence the programme features the chairs of the other three business-led Local Enterprise Partnerships covering the Corridor - Grahame Nix of Greater Cambridge LEP; John Gourd, of Hertfordshire LEP; and Harvey McGrath, Co-Chair of London LEP.
Many more political and business figures from across the Corridor will also speak – including the new MD of Stansted Airport, Andrew Harrison; Daniel Moylan, the Mayor of London’s aviation advisor; and Baroness Jo Valentine, CEO of London First.
Chair of the LSCC, Greg Clark, says, “The launch of the London-Stansted-Cambridge Corridor Consortium is an important moment for the Greater South East. This region, with an economy built on the high-tech, clean, green, and knowledge economy, has the potential to drive growth nationally. It is an investment opportunity like no other, and with the local and regional bodies starting to come together with a shared vision and common agenda, it can provide a genuine and compelling opportunity for all.”