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Ox-Cam Arc: setting out the vision for a green, global innovation region

19 November 2020

This week (17 November) business leaders, community groups, education representatives and members of the public heard directly from key figures leading the discussion on the emerging Oxford-Cambridge Arc.

Speakers at the 'Oxford-Cambridge Arc: A global asset and national investment priority' event talked about the ambition for the Arc to become a global innovation region, an area that leads the UK's role in a new green economy. 

It follows the recent publication of the Oxford-Cambridge Arc Prospectus, which aims to secure investment to improve the area's physical, digital, financial and knowledge infrastructures.  The prospectus sets out the Arc Leadership's goal to for the area to be home to exemplary models of green development by being a global testbed for new, zero carbon ways of living and working. It outlines the region's key role in responding to the immediate issues facing the country, and how the region can create employment and an inclusive, prosperous economy for all communities.

The area already contributes significant economic value to the UK, and forecasts show that increased productivity resulting from intensifying the Arc region's global strengths in science, technology and high value manufacturing, could double economic output to over £200bn by 2050. 

Key speakers at this event included:

  • Cllr Barry Wood: Chair of Arc Leadership Group and Leader of Cherwell District Council
  • Cllr Bridget Smith: Leader of South Cambridgeshire District Council
  • Jeremy Long: Chair of the Oxfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership (OxLEP)
  • Professor Sir Peter GregsonChair of the Arc Universities Group and Vice Chancellor of Cranfield University
  • Bev Hindle: Executive Director of the Oxford-Cambridge Arc Leadership Group

This event was the first in a series of public discussions which will explore different aspects of the Arc’s development, including; how investment might be unlocked, promoting the Arc's world-class research, driving innovation-led growth, defining how the region can become a ‘Green Arc’ and transforming the Arc's approach to sustainable development.

Catch up with the event

If you missed the event, catch up by watching the recording below.

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