The ‘most vibrant’ place in the west of England revealed

southwest-englandGrant Thornton UK LLP has released the results of a new index, which has found that Wiltshire is the most vibrant place in the West of England, with Bath following closely behind.

The Vibrant Economy Index provides an indication of social performance as well as economic, and measures how towns and cities in the region compare on a range of factors from prosperity to health, wellbeing and happiness, and dynamism and opportunity.

In the league table, all local areas in the West of England performed above the national average. Wiltshire comes in 20th place (scoring 104.72) and Bath comes 23rd (104.63). Next in the region is South Gloucestershire (32nd – 104.22) and Bristol (56th – 103.09). Finally, North Somerset comes in slightly above the national average at 100.67 (121st).

The Vibrant Economy Index for the region is published ahead of Grant Thornton’s Live Lab event on 1 March at At-Bristol, where influencers and leaders from private, public and third sectors will discuss how to work together and shape the future skills of the West of England.

John Panteli, Partner at Grant Thornton, said: “The West of England is a fantastic place to live and work, but the Vibrant Economy Index has indicated that opportunities for growth still lie in the region.

“The Live Lab event on 1 March will help us to consider the West of England’s strengths and explore how we can work together to build on what gives the region its competitive edge.”