Four point plan to boost economic growth in Bristol to be unveiled

Ned Cussen

Ned Cussen

A four point plan to boost economic growth in Bristol is to be unveiled at Bristol’s Bright Future conference, which Business Leader Magazine is attending next week.

Property Consultants Jones Lang LaSalle believes there are four key areas that will consolidate and build on the city’s position – transport, infrastructure, planning for a growing population and attitude.

Ned Cussen, director at the company’s Bristol office, will highlight these themes at the conference on Tuesday October 15, 2013.

Bristol is set to be one of the most economically successful British cities outside London, according to a report by one of the world’s most influential think tanks, Capital Economics, and it has even more potential for growth and success than any other regional UK city.

Ned comments:“Bristol is frighteningly good.

“We have an impressive breadth of achievement and this brings with it incredible opportunities.

“But there are some areas which are holding back our progress.

“Accessibility and connectivity is a fundamental pre-requisite of a vibrant economy so number one on the agenda must be transport.

“The Metro Bus proposal in my view is simply playing catch-up to a position which we should probably have achieved 20 years ago.

“Transport is a constantly moving picture and we should be reaching out to what is next on the horizon.”

Ned argues that infrastructure is also central to driving economic development.

Bristol has lacked any major infrastructure development over the last 20 years, and there is little in the pipeline.

He comments: “New projects are needed to drive prosperity.

“Take for example the explosion of development which followed the expansion of the railway network – Bristol needs to embrace and reap the benefits from these types of projects.

“The South Bristol link and Northern Arc are just two which could have a major impact on the city’s economic success.”

Ned will also argue that politicians need to address the growing population and the dilemmas this brings.

Without this forward planning, the city won’t be able to make provision for future generations, he says.