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Crawley Borough Council and Gatwick Airport Presentation

Presentation from Natalie Brahma-Pearl and Tim Norwood


24.1      The Board considered a presentation from Natalie Brahma-Pearl that provided an overview of Crawley Borough and detailed the various successes and challenges to the area.


24.2      Councillor Theobald asked for further information on the investment from Metrobus.


24.3      Natalie Brahma-Pearl clarified that the investment would be for new infrastructure including real-time bus information services, improvements to Manor Royal with the overall ambition of creating a modal shift in transportation methods.


24.4      The Board considered a presentation from Tim Norwood that set out a business overview and the role in the regional economy of Gatwick Airport.


24.5      Geoff Raw stated that Brighton & Hove City Council was working to better understand the businesses in their region and how they could be supported to develop their international trade levels. Geoff Raw asked if Gatwick Airport had such knowledge for the wider region and if that information could be pooled.


24.6      Tim Norwood replied that Gatwick Airport did collect information on local businesses in the region and held an annual Meet the Buyers event and a pooling of information could certainly be considered.


24.7      Prof. Humphris stated that the University of Brighton had a successful Graduate Engagement scheme especially in the area of civil engineering and work to further that would be welcomed.


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