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It’s been a year since our last CA Briefing. Much has happened since then, and all in the context of Devolution and City Deal negotiations, and the earthquakes of Brexit and the Trump victory. We have been busy, especially in the areas of Growth and Transport. In Growth, we announced remarkable new growth figures for Cambridge in February and followed this up with the launch of the new Cambridge Cluster Map in July. Our Transport project team has had a welcome boost with the setting up of the National Infrastructure Commission at the end of 2015, setting a favourable climate for lobbying for better links between Cambridge and London and Oxford. But we have also been making serious headway in other work, notably with the Connectivity team’s #Cambsnotspotter campaign. So this is an indispensable guide to our work in 2016. View this briefing no. 8 as an e-zine or 12-page printable PDF.
Now re-named CA Briefing, this edition is the first since the launch of The Case for Cambridge. So unsurprisingly the Chairman’s foreword concentrates on devolution and that of the CEO on engaging with central Government. It’s clear from the whole content that much progress has been made since our last newsletter in May, especially in Growth, Skills and Education; the former because we announced new figures in June; Skills because a new enterprise called Form the Future has been launched to enhance employer engagement with schools; and Education as a result of the Chancellor’s undertaking to overhaul schools funding in his November Spending Review. Our project groups now number 5 as a result of pairing Growth & Commercial Space, and Education & Skills. View this briefing no. 7 as an e-zine or 12-page PDF. NB iOS / Mac users do not appear to be able to view the e-zine so please view the PDF.
CA newsletter no. 6 – Spring 2015
The title of our Spring 2015 newsletter, ‘Catalyst for Change’, could be seen as a direct reference to our role in bringing about the introduction, by Stagecoach East, of a new, anti-congestion bus service between Trumpington Park & Ride and Cambridge Railway Station from April 2015. But the headline also draws attention to the longer-term nature of our agenda. There are areas where we are making a difference but where the results are not yet apparent. These areas are represented by our Project groups, which now number seven in total – Growth, Skills, Education, Transport, Connectivity, Housing, and Commercial Space – demonstrating the increase in our work output. The newsletter gives the status and recent work of each group’s important work. But it is our flagship agenda item, Growth, which has the greatest significance, announcing the imminent release of a new set of data that ‘is likely to a cause a stir’. View newsletter no. 6
CA newsletter no. 5 – Autumn 2014
Our final newsletter of 2014 looks back on our first year of existence and what we have achieved in this busy period. Thus we reflect on our participation in securing the City Deal for Cambridge, our successful behind-the-scenes lobbying to re-locate Papworth Hospital to the Biomedical Campus, and our work in helping improve the links between our schools and our businesses – so crucial for long-term economic success. We discuss our Quality of Life survey results, which continue to excite a wide range of external commentators, and will help shape our plans for 2015. The two pages covering our Growth Project team’s work reveal our progress and plans in three key areas, namely Growth forecasting, Economic forecasting, and Commercial property needs. Finally, we confirm the exciting news arising from our Promoting Cambridge team that a promotional agency for the city will be established in Q1 of 2015, a vital development if we are to attract investment, and support business, in our unique and special city. View newsletter no. 5
Our Summer issue concentrates on the ‘journey of discovery’ that we have undergone. We reveal what each of the three Project teams have discovered, their work to date, and their immediate and future plans. The period of information-gathering, whilst never over, is translating into concerted action. Amongst other items, read of our discussions with our partners for an Inward Investment Agency for Cambridge, the initiatives we are exploring in Education, and the plans for comparing economic growth forecasts with the growth that local companies expect. We also welcome five new Members to our fold. View newsletter no. 4
CA newsletter no. 3 – May 2014
Our third newsletter giving details of CA’s progress since our launch in November 2013. The status and progress of our three agenda items are revealed – Promoting Cambridge, Quality of Life, and Cambridge Growth. In addition, the names and occupation of each project’s team members are listed. Finally, we confirm the planned departure from the Chair of Jeremy Newsum after his inaugural 6 months and announce his replacement, Ian Mather. We also announce the appointment of Dr Hermann Hauser as our 3rd Honorary Vice-Chairman. View newsletter no. 3
CA newsletter no. 2 – August 2013
Our second newsletter which gives details of our structure and governance and also profiles of our Chief Executive, Jane Paterson-Todd, and our inaugural Chairman, Jeremy Newsum. Our target emerging priorities are summarised. View newsletter no. 2
CA newsletter no. 1 – May 2013
This, our first newsletter, sets out our origins, our purpose, how we fit with other organisations, our planned structure and outputs, and details of membership options. Our principles and objectives are laid out in an appendix. View newsletter no. 1