Regional economic challenges debated
About 60 business people attended an event to discuss the future of the area's economy.
The East Midlands Challenge Business Leaders' Debate heard about the importance of the construction industry to the region, how the regional economy is being affected by Government policies and the work of the Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership (LLEP).
The event included speeches by Nick Pulley, of Santander; David Marlow, chief executive of Third Life Economics, of Lincolnshire and Joe Webb, director of construction group ISG.
Mr Marlow said business leaders should stop talking about the regional economy and concentrate on its major cities, towns and development projects.
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"It certainly seems to be me that the East Midlands needs to focus on real places that can have national and international profiles, such as Nottingham, Leicester and Mira (the Motor Industry Research Association, near Hinckley which has been designated an enterprise zone by the Government)," he said.
The event took place at Santander's regional HQ in Narborough, which is in the middle of a £200 million scheme to build a national computing operation at the site.