Mayors promote Bristol’s innovation success on world stage

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The Mayor of Bristol and the West of England Mayor will join government, city and business leaders from across the globe at the 6th World Cities Summit in Singapore this week.

Thanks to the city and region’s growing global reputation, Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol and Tim Bowles, West of England (Metro) Mayor, have been invited to speak at the Summit to share their experience of developing a sustainable and inclusive economy.

Entitled Liveable & Sustainable Cities: Embracing the Future through Innovation and Collaboration, the event will be attended by over 150 mayors from 125 nations and regions.

The Bristol and West of England mayors will also be promoting the city’s major investment opportunities, from Western Harbour and Temple Quay to new and emerging smart energy systems, and exploring options for collaboration with leading cities from across the world.

In addition, the mayors will be actively promoting the Global Parliament of Mayors Summit, which Bristol is hosting in October.

This event, attended by city leaders from across the world, will focus on tackling key global challenges at a local level, including migration, urban security, public health and harnessing high tech and innovation.

Bristol has reached international acclaim as the UK’s ‘no1 digital productivity powerhouse’ – with a £7.9bn digital tech turnover and more than 25,000 jobs in the sector.

It was also crowned the world’s Smart City 2018 at the GSMA’s Global Mobile Awards (The GLOMOs), providing international recognition for Bristol as a leading smart city of the future.

Supported by four world-class universities in the West of England, the region’s start-ups have raised over $304 million in venture capital in 2017 alone. This was second only to London but 15% higher than the capital when calculated according to population size.

The Bristol and West of England Mayors will be presenting at the UK-Singapore Green Growth Forum on developing an environmentally sustainable economy. Bristol has also been asked to contribute to the Mayors Forum and wider Summit on how city governance can both prepare cities for disruptive innovation whilst ensuring maximum benefit for citizens and business.

Mayor Marvin Rees said: “I am proud of Bristol’s growing global recognition for innovation, the digital economy and our record in developing a thriving environmentally sustainable economy, so we have a lot to share with international city leaders.

“I look forward to sharing ideas on how we ensure that success is felt by everyone in our city, and cities around the world. And this is just the start. We are honoured to be hosting the Global Parliament of Mayors in Bristol this October – bringing leaders from across the world together to tackle the most challenging issues of our time.

“We also have some exciting investment opportunities in Bristol, from the Western Harbour and Temple Quarter to our innovative energy and low-carbon infrastructure programmes.”

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