We are the UK’s true turbo-economy; one of the most productive, high-growth and economically successful regions in the UK. Once again, the Thames Valley is the number one region outside of London for attracting foreign direct investment into the UK, and is consistently one of the country’s most active trading locations.
On November 30th 2018 we published our BusinessManifestofor 2019. The second annual statement of its kind, it sets out the opportunities and challenges our membership want to champion and which we believe will have the most impact. It commits the Chamber, a politically neutral organisation, to lead, support and campaign for a programme of activity across the region in 2019.
We set out four main priorities, on which the Chamber will focus:
Provide a business solution to securing the commitment, funding and delivery of the Western Rail Link to London Heathrow (WRLtH);
Maintain the momentum behind delivering expansion, including the 3rd runway, at London Heathrow;
Lobby Government to deliver practical and real world interventions to ensure frictionless investment and trade agreements are secured as we move to a post-BREXIT business environment;
Promote stronger collaboration with academic institutions, showcasing good practice, encouraging investment and bridging the gap between work and education, engaging students at all levels of our work.
These priorities are framed by the following six core themes that inform, influence and shape our vision and wider programme of work and events across the region and at the local level.
For more information on the Thames Valley Inward Investment Results Report for 2017/2018, click here.
Business Manifesto Advisory Group (BMAG)
An invitation-only group drawn from our Business Alliance membership and sector/market specialists, the BMAG oversees and reviews progress against the framework of the Manifesto’s core pillars.
Chaired by an established and leading figure from business, the Group meets regularly and continues to attract senior figures, Government representatives and business leaders as speakers and contributors. Reflecting the main priorities, political agenda and associated momentum, the BMAG has the capacity to set-up a small number of topic-based task and finish working groups.
Drawing on the expertise and experience of senior infrastructure and engineering companies within membership, this working group is leading the Chamber’s engagement with Government, key stakeholders and other key partners associated with delivering the project. Providing an informed steer and project guidance, representatives of the group have met the Secretary of State, lobbied Government officials and their agencies, written to MPs and both mobilised and supported partners helping deliver the project.
Our current activities include mobilising partners (and seeking funding) to review the data and refresh the economic case; promoting the ‘elevator-pitch’ to the project benefits; lobbying the BCC and other accredited Chambers across the South and South West of England and South Wales to pull together behind the project, and supporting our key partners (e.g. Thames Valley Berkshire LEP) to ensure a consistent, uniform approach is being taken.
November is Working
November has arrived and this month we are supporting Working Thames Valley, which is one of the six core pillars from our Business Manifesto 2019.