30 November 2018

Business South Hosts Annual Regenerate North Hampshire and Surrey Conference

Champions of the Central South economy, Business South, look to build on previous success with its third Regenerate North Hampshire and Surrey Conference

Business South, an influential economic champion in the South of England, held its third Regenerate North Hampshire and Surrey Conference on 20 November 2018, at Farnborough’s stunning new innovative Exhibition and Conference Centre, with headline sponsors Willmott Dixon and Heathrow Airport. The event was attended by 100 delegates and provided an opportunity for potential investors, developers, agents and consultants to meet and explore opportunities for further investment, development and regeneration across North Hampshire and Surrey.

There was a total of ten guest speakers spanning a variety of industries including property and infrastructure, and a panel of local authorities including Hart District Council, Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council, Guildford Borough Council and Hampshire County Council. Key topics for discussion included; how local businesses can shape an economic vision and industrial strategy through working effectively with local authorities and LEPs, securing investment and the key to success for future regional initiatives and identifying opportunities with competitiveness and productivity through effective collaborations.

Farnborough International Limited’s CEO, Gareth Rogers was there to talk about the highlights of the exciting new conference centre and its impact on the local economy and discussed how they are creating an engineering and technology meeting hub in the centre of the UK’s science and technology heartland, that will act as a ‘catalyst’ for the North Hampshire and Surrey. He also highlighted what is still needed in the region including further redevelopment and local partnerships that deliver economic growth.

Also amongst the speakers also was Chris Joyce, Head of Surface Access Strategy for Heathrow Airport Limited, who is leading the team responsible for a sustainable transport programme for airport passengers and employees and shared their commitment to the National Policy Statement target of at least 50% of passenger journeys to be made by public transport by 2030.

Chris spoke about plans to transform connectivity to the airport including solutions for getting visitors out of cars and onto public transport. As the largest airport in the UK, Heathrow has a key role in the prosperity of the North Hampshire and Surrey region and Chris also looked forward to the key changes over the next ten years and how these will benefit the local economy.

The event wasn’t only a platform to showcase opportunities and assets it also aimed to enable investors, developers, agents and key figures in the region to form a united voice for the area and discuss ways to tackle the region’s biggest challenges head on.

Tim Hancock, Chair of Regenerate South and MD of Terence O’Rourke, said: “Surrey represents one of the largest economies of any City outside London, so it’s important we look to the future to ensure Surrey and North Hampshire maintain this and its competitiveness.

“The aim of the Regenerate North Hampshire and Surrey Conference was to showcase the region’s success stories, to provide opportunities to foster better working relationships, and an opportunity to explore ways to encourage further collaboration between the public and private sectors. It’s successful events like this that provide opportunities for businesses, LEPs, MP’s and local councillors to get together and find new ways to work together to better benefit the region.

“We were delighted with the variety of delegates that joined us at the conference, we hope some new working relationships have been formed, useful contacts made and that it will bring about positive change for an exciting future.”

Key sponsors include a number of industry leaders and specialists such as Willmott Dixon, Heathrow Airport, Farnborough Exhibition & Conference Centre and Brymor.

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