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LSCC Conference 2019

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The UKIC Annual Conference is a fixture in the London Stansted Cambridge Corridor diary. It examines economic development issues for the whole geography, and brings together public and private sector stakeholders to discuss how the region's future can be protected and enhanced.
Attendees include those from local and national government current and potentia investors and employers in the region, and the many consultants and contractors with local expertise who help them contribute to economic growth.

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10.00 Welcome from the Conference Chair: Ann Limb

10.05 Mayors & Business
Our Corridor is bookended by two elected Mayors. In this session we will hear from both Mayoralties, and from the key business organisations in the geography. How can public and private sector work together better?

Chair: Ann Limb, Chair, LSCC
Speakers: Jules Pipe, Deputy Mayor of London; James Palmer, Mayor of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough;

10.40 A Prospectus for Growth
The report of the LSCC independent commission in 2016 provided a clear ambition for the UK’s Innovation Corridor – to be one of the world’s foremost regions for life sciences and tech. This report was presented just after the Brexit referendum and since then we’ve had a General Election and then the launch of an industrial strategy in 2017 to “boost productivity by backing businesses to create good jobs and increase the earning power of people throughout the UK with investment in skills, industries and infrastructure.”

So, how is the UK’s Innovation Corridor performing against its main competitors in the US, Europe and the Far East? And what can we do to ensure more progress toward our joint vision?

This session will present the findings of a review led by Hatch Regeneris. The discussion will bring together some of the 5 LEP chairs which make up the UK’s Innovation Corridor, key business leaders from the life sciences and tech sectors and one or two ‘challengers’ to ask some awkward questions. No complacency here!

Chair: Ann Limb, Chair, LSCC
Speaker: Chris Paddock, Hatch Regeneris
Panellists: Adam Bryant, SELEP; David Godfrey, Localis; Sarah Greenwood, Homes England

11.20 Keynote - Daniel Zeichner, MP for Cambridge.

11.30 Coffee

12.00 Keynote – Ken O’Toole, CEO, London Stansted Airport
Airport growth and ambitions for global reach, and the need for a faster London rail connection.

12.10 Cambridge 360
Cambridge is a national treasure, but it is at a crossroads.

For several decades the ‘Cambridge phenomenon’ has seen the city emerge as a world class centre for technology driven growth and as a result of this it has stimulated growth and connections well beyond the city. To the south, through the UK’s Innovation Corridor, connections to London have always been strong. To the east is the Cambridge – Norwich tech corridor, a strongly developing cluster of disruptive companies and cutting edge research and now, to the west, is the government-backed Oxford to Cambridge Arc – the location for a million new homes. To the north, Peterborough and beyond – different, distinctive and ambitious for growth.

But, as the Cambridge and Peterborough independent economic review, led by Dame Kate Barker highlights; Cambridge has actually grown faster than official statistics show and there is evidence of ‘overheating’ – the city is already has some of the UK’s most expensive housing.

So, what are the opportunities for Cambridge at the centre of these dynamic corridors – how might they help the city to grow more sustainably?

Speakers: Tom Walker, Homes England; Linn Clabburn, New Anglia LEP; Niamh Matthews, Greater Cambridge Partnership; James Scott, Urban and Civic; Aidan van de Weyer, South Cambs District Council
Chair: Rebekah Paczek, PLMR

12.55 Lunch - including workshops:

  • Discover Harlow – a workshop focussed on Harlow’s new Place branding
  • Waltham Forest Borough of Culture – an update on the activity for the year. What engagement is being achieved, how can the Corridor join in?
  • Planning for growth - Would a non-statutory framework bring a useful long term approach to growth?
  • Oxford Cambridge Arc


14.15 Introduction to the afternoon – Chair Ann Limb

14.25 Developing a responsive and inclusive skills system in the UK Innovation Corridor

This session will discuss how the skills system can be improved to meet the needs of employers, to develop excellence amongst existing workers, and attract and encourage young people from all backgrounds and localities within the Corridor into jobs in life sciences, technology, IT and professional services.

Recent findings from a Skills APPG will be presented at the session, with respondents from prominent firms who have a track record in engaging with local schools, and with young people in apprenticeships, and who have world-class workforce development programmes. We will explore how best practice and new ideas can be mainstreamed into the wider business community, and highlight the benefits of a diverse, inclusive workplace. We will highlight best practice where universities, colleges and schools have worked effectively with industries and employers.

Speaker: Ann Limb, Chair, LSCC
Panellists: Jo Sainsbury, Managing Director, IMET; Karen Spencer, Principal, Harlow College; Louise Aitken, Skills Manager, SELEP; Jonathan Oates, Corporate Affairs Director, London Stansted Airport; Tony Jones, One Nucleus.

15.10 Productive Valley
LSCC has brought together a range of stakeholders in the Upper Lee Valley, inside and outside London, and is helping to create a vision for its future. How can we balance the need for housing and employment space? What employment is likely to be in the valley in the future? How can we pay for the infrastructure required?

Chair: Keith Mitchell, Peter Brett Associates
Speakers: Peter O'Brien, LB Haringey; Erin Byrne, GLA; Martyn Saunders, Avison Young; Jeff Stack, Broxbourne Council

15.45 Coffee

16.00 Financing the infrastructure we need
This session will consider the vital infrastructure the Innovation Corridor needs to sustain and ameliorate rapid economic and population growth and reinforce resilience for users and consumers.

Just as important as the planning and prioritisation of 'big ticket' infrastructure commissioning, is the debate about what the nation can afford - an issue given greater edge and sensitivity by 'Brexit.'

When Chancellor, Philip Hammond announced during his 2018 Budget Speech, the end of Private Finance Initiative (PFI) - economists, banks and business leaders ‎began to think about new and alternative funding and financing mechanisms. This section of the conference will discuss how transport, energy, utilities and communication networks could be accelerated, mirroring the way analogous schemes in other states and jurisdictions have dealt with raising the necessary backing and investment.

With Crossrail 2, four tracking of the West Anglia Mainline, Cambridge South station and tens of thousands of new homes at stake, we throw a spotlight on what will be one the most critical issues of ‎the next decade.

Speakers: Will McWilliams, Grant Thornton; Peter Hogg, Arcadis; Matthew Harris, Kao Data .
Chair: Johnny Popper, LCA

16.45pm Report back from workshops

17.15pm Close


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