Published: 5th Nov 2009

This week’s Thames Gateway Forum at the IndigO2 was a much leaner affair than previous years. Gone are the vast halls lined with exhibition stands and bulging conference bags that give you chronic backpain if you carry them from more than half an hour. In its place was a more focused series of speeches and presentations, with just a handful of exhibitors surrounding the conference hall. And the signs from those on the podium suggest that the streamlined forum is very much a reflection of the current approach to the Thames Gateway programme. While the recession and a possible change of government should not derail plans to develop the Gateway, it looks like that in future the project will be much more focused on key priorities. The innovation of allowing delegates to text questions from the floor was a useful way of monitoring the audience’s hopes and fears for the … (To read the full article, subscribe below)