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January 2017

Welcome to our first update of 2017. We are relaunching a shorter more focussed newsletter which will feature key LEP activities and highlight some of the events and initiatives that are taking place across the West of England.

We are looking forward to a year where the winds of change are blowing hard. The team is working closely with developing the Combined Authority to ensure that the business voice continues to be heard and understood as we maximise opportunities for the region.

Visit our website for more detailed information about the LEP and links to our Growth Hub which provides advice and support for local businesses.

All the best for 2017

Stephen Robertson
Chair, West of England Local Enterprise Partnership


2017 West of England LEP Conference
The West of England LEP held its conference on Monday focussing on the importance of Industrial Strategy and inclusive growth in building a strong economy that works for all. 

Speakers included Jesse Norman MP Parliamentary under Secretary of State at Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and West of England local Growth champion, who talked about the regions positive local productivity and opportunities available whilst affirming, “The West of England is one of the most important city regions outside of London.” more

Funding available to support Low Carbon economy
The UK is committed to move towards a low carbon future and the West of England already plays a significant role in contributing towards this. A call for low carbon proposals within the West of England is currently live; this offers ERDF support to further the promotion of renewable energy and low carbon technologies. more

South Bristol Link opens
Andrew Jones MP, Parliamentary under Secretary of State at Department for Transport joined the Transport Lead Councillors for Bristol and North Somerset, Councillor Mark Bradshaw and Councillor Elfan Ap Rees, to celebrate the opening of the South Bristol Link to traffic.

The Link, which runs between the A370 in Long Ashton and Hengrove Park, provides a 4.5km express bus route and roadway that includes new cycle and pedestrian paths along its length. more

Venturefest 2017
The Venturefest programme launches on Friday 3 February at Future Space, UWE and will deliver a series of ‘innovation celebrating’ events.

Organised by Invest Bristol & Bath, the programme, which runs until October, explores “Future Cities” and will create an environment that allows tech businesses to meet and network with companies of all shapes and sizes that are increasingly adopting technology to secure their future in a Smart City. more
Follow all the action on: @venturefestbb / #VFBB17

Skills Survey
More than 1,500 employers completed the LEP Business Skills Survey 2016 making it one of the largest regional skills surveys of its kind.

The results, alongside other local labour market knowledge and antional economic intelligence, will ifnorm the LEPs 2017 Local Sector Skills Statement. These are used to support the devlopment of curriculum and employer engagement plans across local schools, colleges, universities and training providers.

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