On the 8 November, prominent business and public-sector leaders will come together at the West of England Economic Growth Conference - the region’s largest business conference of the year.
The conference, hosted by Built Environment Networking, will see some of the region’s biggest names in business, politics and local government lead a regional economic debate including discussions on transport, housing, skills and maximising opportunity in the West of England.
Bond Dickinson, a dynamic UK law firm providing comprehensive legal expertise across a wide range of sectors, have been announced as the Lunch Partner. Julian Kinsey, Partner and Head of Bond Dickinson's Bristol office said: "We're delighted to support this year's West of England Economic Growth Conference, which brings together an impressive panel to celebrate our vibrant region, strong economy and the areas of growth out there for us all to seize. Having some of the region's leaders, public sector organisations and representatives from our dynamic business community all in one room will enable us to have an open forum on the challenges and opportunities facing the West of England and how we should adopt a collaborative and united approach so we can overcome them to our best advantage.
"We have taken a particular interest in combined authorities having recently published a report with Grant Thornton on their progress across the country "Combined Authorities – Signs of Success". We are therefore interested in the devolution debate and look forward to discussing the West of England's Combined Authority plans and priorities which will play a crucial role in the future funding of key growth areas from major transport and infrastructure projects through to skills, business support and long term strategic planning."
Speakers include West of England’s Regional Mayor Tim Bowles, the Chief Executive Officer of West of England Combined Authority Patricia Greer, James Freeman the Managing Director of First Bus, Bristol South MP Karin Smyth, Sir Peter Hendy the Chair of Network Rail and Mayor Marvin Rees of Bristol City Council.
The day-long event will provide a unique opportunity for delegates to hear about the collaborative approach to economic growth from the public and private sectors.
Keith Griffiths, MD of Built Environment Networking said: "Civic and business leaders in the region have an evident ambition to deliver an unprecedented level of economic growth in the West of England over the next five years.
Yet as the country enters a period of uncertainty as we start negotiating out exit from the European Union, businesses will undoubtedly have questions about how we ensure the regional economic growth agenda remains a priority for the new government.
This event will provide an opportunity to debate and discuss the issues at the top of the economic agenda with those business and civic leaders who have the power and influence to ensure the West of England continues on its growth trajectory."