Published on 15 November 2022
An agenda-setting event for high-value, high-growth and highly-innovative businesses is to be launched in South Warwickshire next year.
The Driving Innovation & Growth Summit will bring together up to 50 leading and cutting-edge businesses from across Stratford District to showcase its existing strengths in manufacturing - including automation, AI, and electrification - digital and technology, and creative industries.
The Summit, by invitation, has been organised by Stratford-on-Avon District Council, the Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership (CWLEP) Growth Hub, and the University of Warwick at the University of Warwick Wellesbourne Campus Conference Centre from 7.30am until 1pm on Friday 17 February.
Cllr Tony Jefferson, Leader of Stratford-on-Avon District Council, said this eagerly-anticipated event would showcase the existing strengths of Stratford District as a location for high-value, high-growth, and innovation-led businesses.
He said: "We have a long and proud history of being the home of highly-innovative businesses and we feel there is much more to build on to boost our economy and enhance Stratford District's reputation as a driving force in various sectors from manufacturing to digital and technology to creative industries.
"One of the aims of the Summit is to discuss the challenges and opportunities for economic growth in the Stratford District because we want to reinforce our area as a landmark centre of high-tech research, innovation, and growth within Warwickshire and beyond.
"We will be revealing news about ground-breaking new developments, as well as organising high-profile speakers and leading business figures from innovative growth sectors which are already established in our region to speak at the event.
"This will be an ideal opportunity for business leaders to inform the emerging economic and growth agenda locally, which is also being driven by Government policy.
"Inward investment has a vital role to play in future growth opportunities in Stratford District and we want to develop a high-growth network and attract new innovative businesses to the region.
"Importantly, there will be opportunities for companies to contribute directly to the emerging growth agenda, with senior political and business leaders in attendance because we must understand not only the strengths which already exist in our region, but the future opportunities and challenges ahead.
"We want to make it very clear that, as a District Council we are very much "open for business."
Craig Humphrey, Managing Director of the CWLEP Growth Hub, said the Summit was a first for Stratford District.
He said: "We know from the businesses in Stratford District that we deal with through the Growth Hub that there are a great deal of innovative, enterprising companies and this Summit is a fantastic chance to bring them together.
"It will also be a chance to highlight the support structure already available for innovative businesses in our area whether that is through the Growth Hub, Stratford-on-Avon District Council and the University of Warwick or the established professional services organisations.
"The current economic climate is not easy to deal with for any business in any sector and this event will highlight how we can work together to encourage growth in our local economy."
Professor Stuart Croft, Vice-Chancellor, and President of the University of Warwick, said: "The University of Warwick plays a key role in fostering innovation to enable the region's businesses and industry to grow, attracting new inward investment and developing talent pathways which address the skills shortage facing the region.
"Together with Stratford-on-Avon District Council and the Coventry and Warwickshire Growth Hub, we are driving the success of major regional developments and new initiatives.
"The summit will be a great opportunity for business leaders, local leaders and the University's world-leading experts to discuss the challenges which will impact our region and how we can work together to develop future opportunities."
Stratford-on-Avon District Council
Elizabeth House, Church Street,
Tel: 01789 267575