Policy conference: developing the Oxford-Milton Keynes-Cambridge Arc economy - inc. discussion on environmental impact - speaker: Cambridge Cleantech & Ox-Cambridge Arc keynote - Westminster Business Forum, Morning, Thursday, 12th September 2019

Event Date: 
12 Sep 2019 - 08:30
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Other Events
 

Westminster Business Forum policy conference

Developing the Oxford-MK-Cambridge Arc economy - collaboration, building on the region’s research base and delivering the Local Industrial Strategies

 

with

Nigel Tipple, Chief Executive, OxLEP and Chair, Productivity Group, Ox-Cambridge Arc 

 

and

Roz BirdSilverstone ParkRob BrighouseEast West Railway Company; Hilary ChippingSouth East Midlands Local Enterprise PartnershipMartin GarrattCambridge CleantechProfessor Jim HallUniversity of OxfordRon HenryStantecDr Julie Mills,Milton Keynes CollegeJames PalmerCambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined AuthorityBill RammellUniversity of Bedfordshire and former Minister, Further and Higher Education,  Department for Education (2005-08)Dean SpornHighways England and Jo StevensOxford Innovation

 

Chaired by:

Anneliese Dodds MPMember of Parliament for Oxford East

 

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Morning, Thursday, 12th September 2019

Central London

 

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we would like to draw your attention to the above conference, which will discuss the priorities for government and local partners as they collaborate to develop the Oxford-MK-Cambridge Arc region into a world-leading economic area. 

 

As we expect discussion on protecting the environment and delivering the environmental ambitions of the recent joint declaration between Government and local partners, I thought this might be of interest. There will be a contribution from Martin Garratt, Chief Executive, Cambridge Cleantech.

 

It will bring together policymakers and stakeholders to consider the recently published Local Industrial Strategies (LIS) for the areas that make up the Arc - Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, South East Midlands, and Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.

 

Delegates will also examine how the four LIS in the different regions can be brought together as part of the joint overarching economic vision for the Arc to achieve the ambitions set out in the strategies around productivity, place-making, skills, connectivity and the environment.

 

Agenda in summary

  • A single economic vision for the Oxford-MK-Cambridge Arc;
  • Bringing the four Local Industrial Strategies together - developing an approach to skills, infrastructure and business support across the Arc;
  • Building on the region’s research base - priorities for investing in new technologies, improving business-industry collaboration and developing clusters; and
  • Developing a brand for the Arc as a region and attracting inward investment.

 

The four Local Industrial Strategies and a single economic vision for the Arc

Sessions will focus on the challenges for bringing together the distinct priorities of each constituent part of the Arc into a coherent strategy for the Arc as a whole - including the new governance and joint working arrangements to deliver the plans. 

 

We expect discussion on the skills policy set out in the strategies that look to build a system that responds to local demand and supports businesses in the region and meets the aspirations of the economic vision for the Arc.

 

Delegates will also consider how to maximise the benefits of the significant infrastructure developments planned for the region, including East-West Rail, the Oxford-MK-Cambridge Expressway and the roll-out of both fibre broadband and 5G.

 

Innovation and maximising the Arc’s knowledge economy

Further sessions will discuss how to improve collaboration between universities and businesses across the Arc.

 

Delegates will assess the challenges for further development of the Arc’s clusters - including its seven Enterprise Zones - and how to achieve the ambitions in the joint declaration to position the Arc and its research and development resources to provide a testbed for new technologies.

 

We also expect discussion on the support available for SMEs in the supply chain to scale-up and increase exports.

 

The ‘Arc’ brand

The agenda also looks at how the Government and local partners can work together to market the Arc globally and broaden the established brand of the regions to attract businesses, investors, talent, and visitors, building on existing strengths of the region’s constituent areas and learning lessons from the Northern Powerhouse and Midlands Engine concepts.

 

The draft agenda is copied below, and a regularly updated version is available to download here. The seminar is organised on the basis of strict impartiality by the Westminster Business Forum. Follow us @WBFEvents for live updates.

 

Speakers

 

We are delighted to be able to include in this seminar a keynote address from Nigel Tipple, Chief Executive, OxLEP and Chair, Productivity Group, Ox-Cambridge Arc.

 

Further confirmed speakers include: Roz Bird, Commercial Director, Innovation Centre, Silverstone Park; Rob Brighouse, Chairman, East West Railway Company; Hilary Chipping, Chief Executive, South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership;Martin Garratt, Chief Executive, Cambridge Cleantech; Professor Jim Hall, Director, UK Infrastructure Transitions Research Consortium, University of Oxford; Ron Henry, Director, Midlands and East, Stantec; Dr Julie Mills, Chief Executive Officer and Group Principal, Milton Keynes College; James Palmer, Mayor, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority; Bill Rammell, Vice-Chancellor, University of Bedfordshire and former Minister, Further and Higher Education, Department for Education (2005-08); Dean Sporn, Director, National Infrastructure, Highways England and Jo Stevens, Managing Director, Oxford Innovation.

 

Anneliese Dodds MP, Member of Parliament for Oxford East has kindly agreed to chair part of this seminar.

 

Additional senior participants are being approached.

 

Networking

 

This seminar will present an opportunity to engage with key policymakers and other interested parties, and is CPD certified (more details). Places have been reserved by officials from BEISCabinet OfficeDefraDfTDITEducation and Skills Funding AgencyGovernment Legal DepartmentMHCLG and the NAO. Also due to attend are representatives from Anglia Ruskin University; Anglian WaterAnstey HorneArcadisArupBanbury & District Chamber of CommerceBarton WillmoreBMTBrown & Co BarfordsBSG EcologyCambridgeshire County CouncilCarter JonasEastern AHSNFCPGeoSpockHerbert Smith FreehillsHertfordshire County CouncilHertfordshire Local Enterprise PartnershipHomes Englandi-TransportKBRLDA Design ConsultingLeapLondon College of Fashion, UALMazarsMills & ReeveMilton Keynes CouncilMorgan SindallNetwork RailNorthwood InvestorsOwen MumfordOxfordshire County CouncilPeabody; PSP FacilitatingSavills UKSettleSkanskaSouth Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District CouncilSpacecraft ConsultingStewkley Parish CouncilStoke Manderville Parish CouncilStuart Michael AssociatesTaylor VintersThakehamThe Open UniversityThomas White OxfordUniversity of CambridgeVolker FitzpatrickWatesWest WaddyWhitecap ConsultingWillmott Dixon and WYG.

 

Overall, we expect speakers and attendees to be a senior and informed group including Members of both Houses of Parliament, senior officials from BEIS, DCMS, HM Treasury and other relevant Departments, representatives from the local authorities within the Ox-Cam-MK Arc as well as directly adjacent areas, infrastructure providers, investors, colleges and universities, lawyers, businesses and industry associations, trade unions, academics and commentators, as well as reporters of the national and trade media.

 

Output and About Us

 

A key output of the seminar will be a transcript of the proceedings, sent out around 12 working days after the event to all attendees and a wider group of Ministers and officials at BEIS, MHCLG, Infrastructure Authority, Planning Inspectorate, Treasury and other government departments and agencies affected by the issues; and Parliamentarians with a special interest in these areas. It will also be made available more widely. This document will include transcripts of all speeches and questions and answers sessions from the day, along with access to PowerPoint presentations (subject to agreement with individual speakers), speakers’ biographies, an attendee list, an agenda, sponsor information, as well as any subsequent press coverage of the day and any articles or comment pieces submitted by delegates. It is made available subject to strict restrictions on public use, similar to those for Select Committee Uncorrected Evidence, and is intended to provide timely information for interested parties who are unable to attend on the day.

 

All delegates will receive complimentary PDF copies and are invited to contribute to the content.

 

The Westminster Business Forum is strictly impartial and cross-party, and draws on the considerable support it receives from within Parliament and Government, and amongst the wider stakeholder community. The Forum has no policy agenda of its own. Forum events are frequently the platform for major policy statements from senior Ministers, regulators and other officials, opposition speakers and senior opinion-formers in industry and interest groups. Events regularly receive prominent coverage in the national and trade media.

 

Booking arrangements

 

To book places, please use our online booking form.

 

Once submitted, this will be taken as a confirmed booking and will be subject to our terms and conditions below.

 

Please pay in advance by credit card on 01344 864796. If advance credit card payment is not possible, please let me know and we may be able to make other arrangements.

 

Options and charges are as follows:

  • Places at Developing the Oxford-MK-Cambridge Arc economy - collaboration, building on the region’s research base and delivering the Local Industrial Strategies (including refreshments and PDF copy of the transcripts) are £230 plus VAT;
  • Concessionary rate places for small charities, unfunded individuals and those in similar circumstances are £85 plus VAT. Please be sure to apply for this at the time of booking.

 

For those who cannot attend:

  • Copies of the briefing document, including full transcripts of all speeches and the questions and comments sessions and further articles from interested parties, will be available approximately 12 days after the event for £95 plus VAT; 
  • Concessionary rate: £50 plus VAT.

 

If you find the charge for places a barrier to attending, please let us know as concessionary and complimentary places are made available in certain circumstances (but do be advised that this typically applies to individual service users or carers or the like who are not supported by or part of an organisation, full-time students, people between jobs or who are fully retired with no paid work, and representatives of small charities - not businesses, individuals funded by an organisation, or larger charities/not-for-profit companies). Please note terms and conditions below (including cancellation charges).

 

Timing: Morning, Thursday, 12th September 2019

Venue: Central London

 

Draft agenda subject to change

 

8.30 - 9.00

Registration and coffee

 

 

9.00 - 9.05

Chair’s opening remarks

Senior Parliamentarian

 

 

9.05 - 9.20

A single economic vision for the Oxford-MK-Cambridge Arc

Nigel Tipple, Chief Executive, OxLEP and Chair, Productivity Group, Ox-Cambridge Arc

 

 

9.20 - 10.10

Bringing the four Local Industrial Strategies together - developing an approach to skills, infrastructure and business support across the Arc

Hilary Chipping, Chief Executive, South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership

James Palmer, Mayor, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority

Dr Julie Mills, Chief Executive Officer and Group Principal, Milton Keynes College

Dean Sporn, Director, National Infrastructure, Highways England

Rob Brighouse, Chairman, East West Railway Company

Questions and comments from the floor with Nigel Tipple, Chief Executive, OxLEP and Chair, Productivity Group, Ox-Cambridge Arc

 

 

10.10 - 10.15

Chair’s closing remarks

Senior Parliamentarian

 

 

10.15 - 10.40

Coffee

 

 

10.40 - 10.45

Chair’s opening remarks

Anneliese Dodds MP, Member of Parliament for Oxford East

 

 

10.45 - 11.35

Building on the region’s research base - priorities for investing in new technologies, improving business-industry collaboration and developing clusters

Roz Bird, Commercial Director, Innovation Centre, Silverstone Park

Jo Stevens, Managing Director, Oxford Innovation

Bill Rammell, Vice-Chancellor, University of Bedfordshire and former Minister, Further and Higher Education,

Department for Education (2005-08)

Martin Garratt, Chief Executive, Cambridge Cleantech

Questions and comments from the floor

 

 

11.35 - 11.55

An international perspective on developing regions

Senior speaker to be confirmed

Questions and comments from the floor

 

 

11.55 - 12.30

Developing a brand for the Arc as a region and attracting inward investment

Ron Henry, Director, Midlands and East, Stantec

Professor Jim Hall, Director, UK Infrastructure Transitions Research Consortium, University of Oxford

Senior representative, tourism

Questions and comments from the floor

 

 

12.30 - 12.55

Implementing the Local Industrial Strategy and its place within Government’s wider Industrial Strategy

Senior speaker to be confirmed

Questions and comments from the floor

 

 

12.55 - 13.00

Chair’s and Westminster Business Forum closing remarks

Anneliese Dodds MP, Member of Parliament for Oxford East

Peter van Gelder, Director, Westminster Business Forum