Stevenage featured in Harrington Review of Foreign Direct Investment

Stevenage and its expanding Life Sciences sector has been featured in the Harrington Review of Foreign Direct Investment (November 2023). Lord Harrington’s Review looks at how the UK can better attract foreign direct investment into key growth sectors, ensuring the UK is the most attractive destination in Europe for internationally mobile investment.

With the third largest cluster in the world of cell and gene therapy companies, the case study from Stevenage and partners Reef Group and investor UBS focuses on delivering inward investment through a proactive planning approach, providing growth for the local area and the local cluster, as well as supporting Life Sciences nationally.

Stevenage is a proud home to companies from across the STEM industries, and this case study demonstrates why the town is so important for Life Sciences.

Turn to page 78 to find out more, and to see how we are uniquely placed to continue to encourage growth and secure investment which will bring huge benefits such as jobs and opportunities for local people, strengthening our local economy and communities.

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Generation Stevenage

On 1 December 2020, Generation Stevenage brought together Stevenage’s world-class employers to showcase the exciting career opportunities available to young people locally across science, technology, engineering, maths and healthcare.

Aimed at 15-18 year olds, and their parents/carers, Generation Stevenage featured talks from MBDA, GSK, Airbus, NHS, Cell and Gene Therapy Catapult and Stevenage Bioscience Catalyst – with opening addresses from Bim Afolami, MP for Hitchin and Harpenden, and Adrian Hawkins, Chair of the Stevenage Development Board.

Generation Stevenage is a partnership venture between Hertfordshire Opportunities Portal (HOP), Careers and Enterprise Company, Stevenage Development Board and co-organised by educational charity Stempoint East. It is jointly funded by Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and Stevenage Borough Council.

You can see the event in full below: