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Respected economist recruited to help lead South Essex regeneration agenda

Date:Jun 08, 2009

Thames Gateway South Essex Partnership appoints managing director of economics consultancy as new Executive Director

Thames Gateway South Essex Partnership (TGSEP) - the voice of local authorities and businesses in one of the country’s key development areas - has appointed Mark Pragnell as its Executive Director to help lead the regeneration agenda in South Essex.

TGSEP is the sub regional coalition of local authorities, business, government and its agencies in pursuit of regeneration in South Essex. Local Authority led with independent business Chairmanship, TGSEP is a vital component of driving forward regeneration and economic success in South Essex.
Mark joined the Partnership on 1 June from Centre for Economics and Business Research ltd - an independent economics consultancy - where he was Managing Director.
Gary Sullivan, chairman of the Partnership, commented:
-We are delighted to have Mark joining us, and his appointment demonstrates our commitment to a sound, evidence-based approach to regeneration in South Essex.
-As managing director of a respected consultancy, Mark has provided analysis, forecasts and strategic advice to a wide range of organisations across the private and public sectors. Importantly, he has a depth of experience in local and regional development issues - with much of his work focused on London and the wider south east of England.
-With his economics background, Mark is also well placed to help the Partnership understand and respond to the impact of broader macroeconomic trends, which is especially important given the current difficult conditions facing the national economy.’
Mark Pragnell added:
-I am thoroughly looking forward to my new role.
-As part of the Thames Gateway - the largest single regeneration initiative in North West Europe, South Essex is one of the country’s key development areas; the opportunities are almost limitless.
Marks appointment coincides with the agreement of a ten point Business Plan by the Partnerships Board. This will place increased emphasis on Intelligence gathering and analysis; Business engagement and Recession action planning. Business engagement will be conducted as far as possible through existing groupings and channels. The information gathered will allow the Partnership to understand the needs of current local and potential future businesses and help it and its partners plan to meet those needs.

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