Business must take leadership of the Oxford-Milton Keynes-Cambridge Growth Corridor brand, supported and enabled by the public sector and LEPs. The Central Area has an economy worth £65.5 billion. Central Bedfordshire has the fastest jobs growth in the entire Corridor, with another 24,000-30,000 jobs over the next 15 years, while Milton Keynes has one of the highest proportion of SMEs in the high-tech and digital sector and there are countless other examples of economic success across the area.
The Central Area is already one of the most economically successful areas in the UK with inspirational businesses and world class innovation. Now we are calling on Business to rise to this next challenge, to help shape the Growth Corridor brand and take it global. The public sector, with Government backing, will give its full support to sustainable, economic-led plans that will work for existing communities, bringing effective infrastructure, new jobs, quality design and strong housing delivery.
Further to the National Infrastructure Commission’s announcement that Corridor B has been selected for further consultation, the Government has already been called upon by the Corridor partners, through England’s Economic Heartland, to accelerate delivery of strategic infrastructure. This is critical to support economic-led sustainable growth and give confidence to residents and investors that schemes will be built on time and to budget.
Jason Longhurst, Director of Regeneration and Business, Central Bedfordshire Council and Chair of the Central Corridor Group.