New President of Bristol Chamber of Commerce & Initiative announced

Richard Bonner

Richard Bonner, the City Executive for Bristol at design consultancy, Arcadis, has been appointed as the new President of Bristol Chamber of Commerce and Initiative (BCCI).

As part of Business West, BCCI prides itself as the ‘go-to’ organisation for business engagement from Government, and the wider Local and Combined Authorities.

As President, Richard will play a leading role in engaging all those stakeholders on behalf of the business community.

He will help local businesses capture and nurture opportunities, whilst ensuring that Bristol city region’s reputation for business remains high.

He has been tasked with engaging businesses to make a success of devolution of power in the West of England.

A key area of development for the BCCI is to help businesses pursue sustainable, long-term growth plans for West of England including the Joint Spatial Plan, Joint Transport Strategy and Industrial Strategy.

BCCI currently has partnerships with the LEP, City Office, Destination Bristol and Cultural Development as well as links to schools in the region.

All of these areas are spaces that are important to Arcadis, and Richard’s appointment will act as a platform to continue to build Arcadis’ brand, influence and impact in the city.

Richard Bonner commented: “It is a great honour to be announced as the President of Bristol Chamber of Commerce & Initiative, and to succeed Professor Steve West (Vice Chancellor and President of the University of West of England), who has made great strides during his tenure, working with local authority groups and businesses to make the city region a healthier, happier place to live and do business.

“Bristol and the West of England is a thriving place to be, and I am looking forward to playing an increasing role in engaging local stakeholders and the business community to realise the potential of this region.”