As a voluntary partnership of councils and local enterprise partnerships, England’s Economic Heartland represents the key growth corridor from Oxfordshire through Milton Keynes and across to Cambridgeshire. We have a wide range of commerce and industry, but particularly in the field of science and technologic innovation.
Our 5.1m population and 280,000 business together generate around £143billion GVA. We have a 21st century economy, particularly rich in high value engineering, science, technology and research. Most of our firms are small or medium sized enterprise with many based in rural or semi-rural areas.
Overall, our economy is successful and we’re a net contributor to the exchequer. But, we have the capacity to deliver much more if we can secure the right investments going forward. This is good for us, but it’s also great for the country in providing much needed prosperity and to develop the UK’s global competitiveness
(more information on our region and its potential).
While geographically, the Heartland area forms a gateway from London and the South East to the Midlands and beyond, our ‘Achilles Heel’ is our current options for travelling east to west across our area – they are simply outdated and are hampering our growth potential. The government recognise this and see the Cambridge – Milton Keynes – Oxford arc as a national priority.
We believe that investing in successful economies is as important as revitalising others. Alongside other areas like the Northern Powerhouse and the Midland’s Engine, England’s Economic Heartland is ready to play its role to help the UK as a whole develop an economy that works for everyone.
The original Heartland Alliance grouping launched in December 2014, but has rapidly expanded since then to include all councils with transport responsibilities from Swindon across to Hertfordshire and Cambridgeshire and representatives from relevant local enterprise partnerships. The membership directly reflects the Government’s recognition that the Oxford to Cambridge growth corridor will be critical to the UK’s economy going forward. In December 2015, a Strategic Transport Forum was introduced, which meets in public and also includes representatives from Government, other agencies and transport contractors and providers.
England's Economic Heartland's work programme is
co-funded through a combination of contributions from local partners and the Department for Transport.