Over 50 business leaders from across the South East attended Irwin Mitchel's annual Spring Dinner last night (26 April) at The Royal Brighton Pavilion.
The event, which was hosted by partners from the law firm's Gatwick office, included a speech from Jonathan Sharrock, the Chief Executive at the Local Enterprise Partnership, Coast to Capital.
Addressing the audience, Jonathan expressed his optimism for the region and spoke about the imminent launch of his organisation's five year strategy plan.
Faye Bargery, managing Partner of the office in Gatwick said: "The dinner was a great success and Irwin Mitchell is once again delighted to be able to support the South East business community.
"It was the wonderful occasion in a stunning building and I'm sure everyone there would agree it was particularly interesting to hear the thoughts of Jonathan, and what his organisation's strategy means for the region."
Coast to Capital is a collaboration between the private, public and education sectors across an area including the London Borough of Croydon, East Surrey, Gatwick Diamond, Brighton & Hove, Lewes and West Sussex.
Jonathan joined Coast to Capital as Chief Executive in January 2016. He has significant experience of policy development and the leadership of major projects having worked for more than a decade at the interface between government and industry.
As Chief Executive of Coast to Capital, he is responsible for delivering the LEP's business plan to transform business and economic performance through the region's Growth Deal.
Jonathan Sharrock, Chief Executive at Coast to Capital said: "Our region has a historically strong economy, in fact we have the 7th highest GVA in the country, but, we are at risk of falling behind other regions unless we can improve productivity."
"There is a collective will across the LEP area to capitalize on our significant strengths and emerge as one of the key regional economies in the UK."
"The context for Government funding and local economies is changing. The Coast to Capital Strategic Economic Plan is going to be instrumental in working with partners to make a strong case for investment in the area for the benefit of local business and communities."