GATWICK DIAMOND INITIATIVE WELCOMES NEW BUSINESS REPRESENTATION

08 November 2011

The Gatwick Diamond Initiative has boosted its private sector business base by welcoming new members to its task groups, which together, are responsible for driving the activities of the economic partnership.

The Gatwick Diamond Initiative has boosted its private sector business base by welcoming new members to its task groups, which together, are responsible for driving the activities of the economic partnership.

The Gatwick Diamond Futures Plan, written in 2008 established three strategic initiatives, each managed by a task group, with its own action plans: INSPIRE - inspiring knowledge to enhance skills, productivity and innovation; GROW - creating a 'smart growth' planning strategy for sustainable development; and CONNECT - creating a transport network for global competitiveness.

The GROW group, chaired by Tom Crowley, Horsham District Council, welcomes John Setra, K2 Consultancy and the INSPIRE group, chaired by Dean Orgill, from Mayo Wynne Baxter, welcomes Merete Langler, LangSand Coaching.

The INSPIRE group is bringing together key agencies and businesses to expand and exploit the knowledge economy and add to and strengthen the skills base in the Diamond, from school to lifelong learning. The work of the GROW task group helps create conditions to support and encourage appropriate physical development within the Diamond to meet the needs of existing and future employers and communities to deliver a world class business environment.

Promotion of the Gatwick Diamond area is carried out by the Marketing & Communications Task Group supported by PR and marketing company Prowse. The group has a new Chairman - John Donaldson, Arora Hotels Ltd and new members including: Hagen Selinger, PWC; Miles Firth, Edwards Vacuum; Keith Jackman, Lookers, Mercedes Benz; Ian Woodland, Elementus and Nikki Wile, HSBC.

Rosemary French, Executive Director of the Gatwick Diamond Initiative commented:  “We have recently updated our Business Plan to take account of the current economic climate and recent government changes while still reflecting the aims of the original Futures Plan.  The time was therefore right to strengthen the business membership of our sub groups to bring new perspectives on our activities.”

 
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