West of England Local Enterprise Partnership interim board appointed
the newly formed
president and head of political affairs at Airbus, David Sproxton, co-founder
of Aardman, Professor Joe McGeehan, a managing director at Toshiba Research Europe
Ltd and Robert Sinclair, chief executive of Bristol Airport will represent business
on an interim board for the LEP, following it’s formation.
in the West of England – John Calway (South Gloucestershire), Barbara Janke (Bristol
City), Nigel Ashton (North Somerset) and Francine Haeberling (Bath and North East
Somerset) – in a joint partnership between the business community and councils.
will promote economic growth and prosperity in the West of England.
at least £1billion of private sector investment over the next five years.
the West of England on the map nationally and internationally, raising the profile
of the key high-growth sectors of aerospace; creative industries; environmental industries, silicon and microelectronics
and tourism that are vital to the region’s economy.
of small businesses, help to create a skilled workforce that meets the needs of
business, attract inward investment and develop and lobby for an infrastructure
to help businesses thrive.
growth fund over the next three years.
board members, there will also be representation from the education and skills
sector. It is planned for the interim board to meet for the first time later this
is a great opportunity to promote and develop the West of England’s powerful and
vibrant economy and innovative and highly-skilled workforce. The partnership will
work hard to ensure our rightful place in the national and global economy is recognised,
and to create the right conditions for businesses to grow. The interim board will
be meeting later this month and will begin by drawing up a business plan for the
of South Gloucestershire Council said: "The West of England has all the ingredients
for a stronger, competitive economy. Councils and businesses must now work together
to create jobs and economic growth for the benefit of our communities. I am pleased
by the prospect of working closely with the business community to make the West
of England the best place in the UK to start and grow a business, and where people
have access to the right skills and employment opportunities."