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East West Rail – Driving Economic Growth

Monday, 10th May 2021 1345hrs – 1530hrs

This event will focus on the East West Rail project connecting Oxford and Cambridge – delving into the stations, infrastructure and the economic opportunities this creates around towns and cities within the catchment area.

A new rail link between Oxford and Cambridge has been mooted since the mid-90s, and as part of the plans for the ‘UKs Silicon Valley’ it is one of the most high profile infrastructure projects in the UK today. The Department for Transport recently announced £760 million of new funding to progress the Bicester to Bletchley section – a project that will create an estimated 1,500 jobs during the estimated 4 years required to complete the section as well as the construction of a new station at Winslow. We will learn how the landmark scheme will improve connectivity across the Arc, support jobs and unlock a “once in a generation” economic opportunity.

Speakers for this event include:

Simon Blanchflower,
Chief Executive
Hilary Chipping,
Chief Executive
Bev Hindle,
Executive Director

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  • East West Rail – a new rail link between Oxford and Cambridge has been mooted since the mid-90s, and as part of the plans for the ‘UKs Silicon Valley’ it is one of the most high profile infrastructure projects in the UK today. With the second phase of the scheme well under way and the final stage being planned we will learn how £3.4 billion final stage will progress, the major economic benefits it will bring and where there are opportunities to get involved.
  • Oxford to Cambridge Arc Leaders Group – Describing the delivery of the East West Rail scheme as the most fundamentally important objective to create economic growth in the Arc, Bev represents all the local authorities and LEPs which cover the region. As part of this session he will detail what his conglomerate of organisations are doing to support the project and how the wider private sector can underpin ambitions.
  • South East Midlands LEP – As one of the key stakeholders in rebuilding the regional economy in a post-Covid world, SEMLEP’s mission is to build on the South East Midlands reputation as a premier location for growth, innovation, creativity and world-leading technologies, which will result in a doubling of the area’s GVA by 2050. East West Rail is key to unlocking their ambition and Hilary joins the session to talk about how her team are contributing to the development of the project.

Associate your brand with this Webinar and position your brand at the forefront of the discussion around the future development happening in the Oxford Cambridge Corridor. We have various partnership packages available, including opportunities to speak on the webinar, allowing you to present your message to your target audience and receive maximum brand awareness and impact. Packages available include:

Package Chair/ Speaking Opportunity VIP Access Cost (+VAT)
Webinar Partner Yes Yes £1,500 View Details
Exhibitor Partner Yes £500 View Details

Webinar Partner


Be at the forefront of the webinar – with a speaking slot on the panel and prime branding throughout the webinar and post/pre event communications. This package will elevate your brand and drive awareness, loyalty and trust in front of industry leaders. This is the ultimate package if you’re looking to be seen as a leading figure within the industry. Benefits include:

  • Be positioned as the ‘Webinar Partner’ and have your company name in the title of the event
  • Sponsor an existing event or work with us to develop a bespoke title/agenda/panel of speakers
  • Request Built Environment Networking to invite speakers of your choice to join the panel
  • Targeted marketing campaign aimed at attracting your target audience to the event – whether it be company types, regional companies or job titles/level of attendee.
  • Chair or speak on the panel
  • Option to do a 5-minute introduction to the panel or deliver a thought leadership presentation
  • Included within pre-conference speaker communications including speaker briefing calls
  • Direct access before and after the sessions to the speakers and panellists, and excellent way to establish rapport and build relationships
  • Exhibition space
  • 15 tickets for the webinar for your business or client contacts
  • Access to the video footage from the webinar
  • Branding: on the webinar, website, press release, emails promoting the event and more
  • One editorial or case study shared through our website news section and social channels
  • Chairman’s thank you in the opening and closing speech on the webinar

Exhibitor Partner


Become an exhibition partner for this event to get exhibition space and branding before, during and after the event with benefits including:

  • Exhibition space at the interactive webinar
  • Five tickets for your business or client contacts
  • Access to the VIP speakers room – connect with the speakers before and after the event
  • Access to the video of the webinar
  • Branding including on the webinar, on the website, all emails prior to the event and more.
  • One editorial or case study shared on our news section and promoted through social media
  • Chairman’s ‘thank you’ in the opening and closing webinar speech

Our online webinars will merge our face-to-face events with a virtual platform – providing networking opportunities, an exceptional panel discussion and debate, speaker presentations and an exhibition hall. The agenda and programme will run as follows:

13:45-14:00 – Networking & Exhibition

14:00-15:00 – Main Stage: Speakers, Presentations, Discussions and Debate

15:00-15:30 – Networking & Exhibition

Here’s a little video highlighting what to expect

And here’s a bit more information of key areas of our online webinars…

You’ll receive unique log-in details to join our online event via computer or phone – and you’ll be greeted with an easy navigation tool. You’ll be able to navigate to:

Main Stage

Where the webinar will take place with excellent speakers and content. You’ll be able to get involved, asking questions and taking part in live polls.


Just like a real event you’ll be able to meet and connect with new people in our forum. You can directly request to chat with someone or you can enter our ‘speed networking’ area to meet numerous new people within the industry. Get your elevator pitch ready!

Sponsor / Exhibitor Area

Meet our partners and sponsors – view what they’re all about, video chat with them and download their literature and product information.


Tickets are not currently available for this event.


Monday, 10th May 2021

1345hrs – 1530hrs


Online – Hopin

View our ticket T&Cs.