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Jeremy Taylor: The best option for the regional economy

Chief Executive of Gatwick Diamond Business, Jeremy Taylor reflects on the provision of employment land in the Gatwick Diamond in light of Redhill Garden Community’s propsed plans.

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Chief Executive at Gatwick Diamond Business, Jeremy Taylor.

The Gatwick Diamond Economic Area has a GVA of £24bn, accounting for 10 per cent of the South East region and the second highest in the United Kingdom, after the Thames Valley. 

With a per-worker GVA of £63,500, Gatwick Diamond workers are 16 per cent more productive than the UK economy as a whole. 70 per cent of Gatwick Diamond businesses are in knowledge intensive services business sectors, a vital component of the British economy. Other key sectors include international medical device exports £600m from Manor Royal and defence (Thales).

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The Gatwick Diamond economy has been successful in attracting foreign investment with 18.5 per cent of its workers employed by a foreign owned company. New business creation is high at 67 businesses per thousand residents, considerably higher than the UK average.

If growth in the area is not to be constrained, it is essential that the Gatwick Diamond maintains an adequate supply of flexible employment space in the right location, together with new infrastructure, healthcare and affordable housing offering a work/life balance and high quality of life.

If we are to maintain the adequate supply of skilled staff and, increasingly importantly, retain our higher skilled and younger workers needed to sustain the Gatwick Diamond, Redhill Garden Community is the best option for the future.

Redhill Garden Community, with its integrated infrastructure, healthcare, schooling, housing and modern flexible employment space – plus its connectivity – offers the ideal location and opportunity for business.

A new link road directly from the M23 would free business, emergency service and commuter traffic from being delayed at peak times, and provide easy access to the UK’s second busiest airport.

The local area has direct rail links to London that will offer seamless connections to CrossRail 1 and CrossRail 2. The CrossRail projects offer destinations to the Oxford / Cambridge arc, Heathrow Airport and the Thames Valley all on a modern rail service. London Victoria also has good connections to London St. Pancras International   and Eurostar services to continental Europe, Belgium, France, Holland and Germany.

With the proposed fast Busway delivering travellers to Gatwick Airport’s South Terminal in around 10 minutes, the potential of low cost business travel to markets in the Americas, Asia, the Middle and the Far East will be vital for the Diamond as we look to develop new markets for British goods and service exports post Brexit.

The alternative to Redhill Garden Community is disparate business park provision that lacks the associated infrastructure critical to modern business and that will put pressure on existing, already dated and sub-standard infrastructure. The best option for the local and regional economy is Redhill Garden Community.

Jeremy Taylor
Chief Executive, Gatwick Diamond Business

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County Mall Manager receives ‘Centre Manager of the Year’ at national awards

The Centre Manager at County Mall in Crawley received an award for ‘Centre Manager of the Year’ at the 2018 SCEPTRE Awards.

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'Centre Manager of the Year (large centre)' presented to County Mall's Mark Haynes by Koralie Gardener from Retail Report. (Image: JLD Media)

With County Mall’s 25th Anniversary and the opening of new stores including Hotel Chocolat, Paperchase and DFS, 2017 was an exciting year for Mark Haynes and the centre’s management team.

The team’s hard work culminated in a SCEPTRE Award for Mark as Centre Manager of the Year (Large Centre) at a recent industry event.

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The SCEPTRE Awards recognise the Best Practice and the Best People in the Shopping Centre industry, putting the spotlight on Management Teams, Retailers and Suppliers that demonstrate real excellence.

In his seven years as Centre Manager Mark has focussed on enhancing the customer experience and customer service at the Crawley shopping centre, which attracts 8 million visitors a year.

Working closely with the marketing team (who also won an industry award this year in recognition of their Strategic Marketing campaign for County Mall Shrunk the Shoppers last summer), Mark has worked to reposition the centre’s perception in key targeted locations and is an integral member of the town and community.

Centre Manager at County Mall, Mark Haynes.

Chairing the Town Centre Partnership and initiating the feasibility of a BID, Mark has an influential stance in Crawley and uses his position to raise the perception of the town in the surrounding areas.

Mark has also dedicated time to fundraising and community efforts including the opening of Crawley’s very first “Changing Places” facility, running 2 marathons in 2 weeks on behalf of St Catherine’s Hospice and facilitating multiple charity events in the centre, resulting in charity donations worth over £46k in the year.

Centre Manager Mark Haynes stated:

“I’m immensely proud to have won this award for County Mall, and am lucky to have a great team, without whom it wouldn’t have been possible.”

 

For updates on news, events and promotions from County Mall; visit countymall.co.uk or keep updated on Facebook and Twitter.

 

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