Private Event

Realising the economic potential of the Wider South East

This event has already taken place.

Please note: This event is being run by the London & the Wider South East Strategic Planning Network and supported by Centre for London.


The combined economies of the former South East and East regions represent over 20% of the nation’s GVA. They also contain eight of its highest-performing towns.

Yet these areas are often perceived as the commuting hinterlands of London, rather than economic engines in their own right. Sub-regional economic, planning and transport initiatives are making a positive return in several parts of the Wider South East.

But could economic potential be enhanced by adopting a wider and longer-term perspective and by joining up these initiatives? If so, how might this be achieved?

This discussion will seek to identify what unites the Wider South East, who might benefit from a clearer inter-regional picture and coordinated analysis and mapping, and further opportunities for collaboration.

Speakers include

  • Prof John Denham Director, Southern Policy Centre
  • Dame Kate Barker, Business Economist
  • Tom Wright President, New York Regional Plan Association
  • Catriona Riddell, Planning Officers Society, Strategic Planning Convenor
  • Hilary Chipping Chief Executive, South East Midlands LEP
  • Rupert Clubb Lead Officer, Transport for the South East

This is an invite-only symposium, with a good mix of participants including representatives of local and central government and its agencies, LEPs, transport bodies and utilities, and think tanks.

You can register your interest in receiving an invitation via the London & the Wider South East Strategic Planning Network, who are hosting the event.

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8 Fitzroy St, Bloomsbury, London W1T 4BJ


8 Fitzroy St, Bloomsbury, London W1T 4BJ