News in Brief
Bristol & Bath named in FDi European Regions of the Future
Bristol and Bath has taken second place in the Top 10 Small European Regions in the recently published FDi annual intelligence survey. They came top in England. Bristol also took second place to Zurich in the Mid-sized European City for Economic Potential and Bath came fifth for the Top 10 Micro European Cities category, and number one in the UK.
Bristol takes the top spot for Quality of Life
Bristol has been named the best city in the UK in MoneySuperMarket’s first ever Quality of Living Index, which looks at factors like rents, salaries, disposable income growth and the cost of living, as well as unemployment rates and overall life satisfaction. Bristol took the top spot out of the UK’s 12 largest cities, with Edinburgh coming second.
Strategic Economic Plan ready to go to govt
The Strategic Economic Plan that has been developed by the WE LEP and its partners over the last nine months will be submitted to Government on March 31st to compete for a share of the annual £2 billion Local Growth Fund. Full details of the plan in next month’s newsletter.
Next step for new dining quarter as part of Bath’s regeneration plans
Top quality restaurant operators are being sought by Bath & North East Somerset Council for a new dining quarter in Bath City Centre. The 18th century Colonnades on the banks of the river next to Pulteney Bridge are being developed as part of a larger regeneration within the city, which will see the re-opening of many of the city’s historic routes and the enhancement of Bath Market and Newmarket Row. Read more here.
Nearer to Zero in South Glos
Not for profit organisation, Zero Carbon Hub, are working in partnership with South Gloucestershire Council to bring together planners, house builders and professionals from a range of disciplines across the housing sector to look at the challenge of achieving zero carbon homes from 2016. Find out more about the conference taking place on May 6th at Kingswood Civic Centre and book your place here.
West of England workplace fitness initiative launched
Businesses from across the region are being urged to go head-to-head against their competitors as a national workplace fitness initiative is rolled out. Organised by the West of England Sport Trust (Wesport), the one-of-a-kind challenge will see employees battle it out to win points for their company by taking part in sport and physical activity. The company with the most points earned will be crowned sportiest workplace in the West. Find out more here.
Business Showcase South West celebrates the best of the region
The Business Showcase South West 2014 is a major new business event celebrating the best of the region’s innovation, creativity and enterprise. Taking place at Bristol’s Colston Hall on April 8th, the powerful line-up of speakers includes Karren Brady CBE, entrepreneur Ajith Jaywickrema, co-founder of Las Iguanas and Turtle Bay restaurant chains, and EE chief executive officerOlaf Swantee. Find out more here.
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