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Step Forward Luton Business & Investment Summit

Tuesday 5th March at 9:00 am

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We are delighted to invite you to our first ever Step Forward Luton Business & Investment Summit.

With over £5 billion of inward investment planned and underway, and Luton’s economy set to be the fastest growing outside of London in 2024, there has never been a better time to invest in Luton.

Join us as we launch our new inward investment prospectus and find out more about the exciting opportunities to come for business in Luton.

The event will be supported by speakers and panel sessions, confirmed speakers include Luton Rising, Luton 2020, Prologis, Arora Group, Wrenbridge and OxCam Pan-Regional Partnership.

Here are just a few facts that highlight what Luton can do for business:

  • Consistently in the top 10 places in the UK for new business start-ups and survival.

  • Well connected, 22 minutes from London with an international airport.

  • UK’s number one place for super fast broadband connectivity.

  • Home to pioneering industries across aviation, manufacturing and the creative and digital sectors.

  • A Premier League town, in the global spotlight and within easy reach of 23 million people.

Due to limited venue capacity we can accept no more than two attendee bookings per business. Please book your ticket early to avoid disappointment. Registration will be closing Friday 1st March at 3pm.


9am: Registration

9:30am: Welcome from our host, Councillor James Taylor

9:35am: Opening statement from Robin Porter

9:45am: Panel 1, Reimagining and Regenerating Luton

Gerard McCleave, Luton Council (Chair)

Michael Moran, Luton 2020 Developments

Gillian Scarth, Prologis

Richard Arnold, Wrenbridge

James Sherwood, Luton Rising

Justin Richardson, Bedfordshire Chamber of Commerce

Placi Espejo, OxCam Pan-Regional-Partnership

11am: Launch of Investment Prospectus by our business ambassador chair

11:10am: Break

11:30am: Panel 2, Destination Luton

Professor Rebecca Bunting, University of Bedfordshire (Chair)

Vasundhara Pahuja, Deloitte

Alice John, Deloitte

Nick Platts, Luton Rising

Rhys Hughes, Radio 1

Sanjay Arora, Arora Group

Rachel Gillis, Visit England

12:40pm: Panel 3, Women Stepping Forward

Councillor Javeria Hussain (Chair)

Veebha Parmar, MySpike

Tracy Fensome, Signature Academy

Esther Roche, Deroiste Natural Beauty

Aimee Gomez, The Fashion Breakdown and STEX X Fashion

Marion Geoffroy, Wizz Air

Professor Nasreen Ali, University of Bedfordshire

Devi Kolli, i3 Simulations

1:15pm: Lunch & Networking


Tuesday 5th March
9:00 am - 2:00 pm


Luton Hoo Hotel, Golf & Spa
Warren Weir
Luton, Bedfordshire LU1 3TQ United Kingdom


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