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Lord Heseltine joins our Big Conversation

Published: Monday, October 16, 2017

Former deputy Prime Minister Michael Heseltine provided the keynote speech at a packed ‘big conversation’ business briefing.

Lord Heseltine was visiting Cambridge as a guest of the Greater Cambridge Partnership (GCP) to talk to business leaders about how the city and region could maximise its economic potential.

More than 60 people, representing local businesses and networks, attended the event at Downing College held on Thursday October 12, to discuss current barriers and potential solutions to business growth as part of the GCP’s ‘big conversation’.

The partnership is currently seeking views and feedback from a wide range of people and businesses that will be used to shape its future investment in improving local transport infrastructure, housing and skills – with a view to supporting sustainable economic growth in the area.

The former Conservative MP promoted the benefits of regional devolution and the opportunity for “the people who eat and breathe and dream the reality of an economy, have the power to make decisions about it”.

“There is no way to stop the success of Cambridge - It is a world-class, intellectually-generating, ideas initiative…The job of government is to try and enable it to do so as effectively as possible and to spread the benefits of it within what is a defined local economy,” he said.

Lord Heseltine was introduced by leader of South Cambridgeshire District Council, Cllr Peter Topping.

His speech was followed by a short question and answer session before delegates were asked to discuss current challenges and future solutions to business growth in Greater Cambridge, including testing a range of options to help improve public transport and reduce congestion in the city centre.

Places are still available for our next Big Conversation business briefing at the Cambridge Science Park on 20 October. Visit our Eventbrite page to book your place.

Watch Lord Heseltine's talk in full on our YouTube channel.