Region delegation converges on WestminsterMar 17, 2009
The East of England Development Agency has initiated the event, bringing together key regional players, to discuss the current state of the economy, share aspirations and discuss key priorities for the future growth of the region and UK economy.
EEDA chair Richard Ellis (pictured) said: “Today we are raising awareness of the economy of the East of England and bringing together some of the region’s key players to assess what more can be done to foster business prosperity at this difficult time.
“Our region has one of the fastest-growing populations and economies in the UK and is home to world-class research institutes, universities and companies. Yet this region’s potential is restricted due to a relatively poor skills base and some of the most congested transport routes in Europe.”
More than 100 senior business delegates, MPs, local authority leaders and peers have joined Mr Ellis at Westminster. Among the delegates were Pat McFadden MP, Minister for Employment Relations and Postal Affairs at the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform and Barbara Follett, the Regional Minister for the East of England.