Around 70 people from the region’s business community attended today’s West of England Local Enterprise (LEP) AGM, ‘Our West, Our Future’.
They found out more about work being led by the West of England Combined Authority and LEP to deliver the Local Industrial Strategy and drive clean growth to benefit all residents.
Prof Steve West, Chair of the West of England LEP, said: “I’m proud our Local Enterprise Partnership is of such high calibre – representing the business community of this fantastic, dynamic, innovative and creative region. There is much to celebrate, our region continues to thrive and the broad range of organisations represented today is testament to the diverse economic base that drives our region’s success.
“Our LEP plays a key role in the success of the region, most recently as the driving force behind the ambitious Local Industrial Strategy. It’s great to see so much work already underway delivering against the strategy, including the launch of the Centre for Digital Engineering, Technology & Innovation (DETI) last week – supporting industry to reduce carbon emissions by producing better products, and also work on the way to support SMEs in addressing the productivity challenge.”
The West of England Local Industrial Strategy was launched with Government in Summer 2019, and sets out four areas of focus:
- Business productivity
- Inclusive growth
- Cross-sectoral innovation
- Innovation in infrastructure
The AGM, held at PWC in Bristol on Wednesday 4 March, also included a series of panel discussions involving LEP Board business members Natasha Swinscoe, Zoe Metcalfe, Jon Reynolds, Mohammed Saddiq, Chris Grier, Joanne Rumley, Heather Cooper, Richard Bonner, Margot Day and Katharine Finn.