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Posted by on Sep 24, 2015 in Development, Economy, Employment, Environment, LEP, Local Government, National Government, News, Transport | 0 comments

West of England LEP newsletter September 2015

West of England LEP newsletter September 2015



twoe-ipadWest of England proposes ambitious devolution deal worth £2bn to economy

The leaders of the West of England are calling on the Government to back a devolution bid that could generate an extra £2bn per annum for the economy whilst improving lives. In a submission to Her Majesty’s Treasury on 4 September, the West of England proposed a £1bn investment which could triple the level of spending on major projects such as transport, flood defence and housing over the next 10 years. The package also proposes greater local control over post-16 training and skills. Colin Skellett, Chair, WofE LEP said “This is a major step forwards and builds on the excellent joint working between the four Unitary Authorities and business. We have clearly demonstrated our ability to manage devolved funding and responsibilities through our City Deal”. more
Hinkley-Point_2541959b£2bn government guarantee for Hinkley Point C agreed

Whilst on a 5 day tour of China, Chancellor George Osborne has announced that the UK will guarantee a £2bn deal under which China will invest in Hinkley Point. The deal will pave the way for a final investment decision by EDF energy who could not afford the estimated £24.5bn cost of the plant on its own and had been looking for investment. The station is expected to produce enough energy to supply 7% of the country’s needs, powering about six million homes. more
Bristol-Green-Capital-2015_1Business back bid to boost electric vehicle use across West of England

Local business, including Business West, Bristol Airport and the University of the West of England, are backing a multi-million pound bid to government to support a dramatic increase in the use of green transport throughout the West of England. The area’s four local authorities are preparing to bid for up to £11m to secure investment from the Office of Low Emission Vehicles which would be used to provide better and more sustainable ways for people to travel across the area. more
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Designs for Bath’s first river bridge for a century to be revealed

Six designs for the first new bridge across the River Avon in Bath for more than 100 years are to be unveiled as part of an international design competition. The 65m long Bath Quays cycle and footbridge forms a key part of the £1bn Riverside Enterprise Area. The 98 hectare site could create 9,000 jobs and put Bath on the global stage for the creative and digital industries. View designs here

Arena bridge completion paves way for work to start

The £11m bridge which links Arena Island to Cattle Market Road is now completed and will be the main route for visitors to the Bristol Arena which is set to open in 2017. Information relating to proposals for the Arena are now available to the public as part of the public consultation period which runs until 13 October. Residents and businesses are invited to give their views on the emerging plans and transport proposals. more

West of England showcased at world’s largest commercial aviation event

Bristol Airport is joining forces with Destination Bristol for the third year to promote the West of England to airlines from across the globe. The World Route Development Forum gives airports and tourism organisations a chance to meet with more than 250 airlines to discuss route opportunities.
Since attending last year, the airport secured services to 17 new destinations, contributing towards record passenger numbers which topped 750,000 during August, the first time during a single calendar month, and up 6% from the 2014 total. more 

Funding secured for UK’s oldest theatre

Bristol’s Old Vic theatre, the oldest continually operating theatre in the UK, has secured an initial £220,500 development grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund to support a redevelopment project marking its 250th anniversary. The restoration will include the conservation of the original 18th century theatre façade. more 

Record numbers choose sustainable transport in Big Commuting Challenge

Around 4,500 people replaced 23,296 car journeys in the West of England by trying new ways of travelling as part of the Big Commuting Challenge which took place over the summer.
The initiative organised by the Travelwest partnership with the four WofE authorities saved more than 83,000kg of C02 emissions and burned nearly 17m calories – the equivalent of around 67,300 donuts. more

The Roman Baths named as UK’s most popular paid for attraction

The Roman Bath’s have been named at the TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice awards as the UK’s most popular paid for attraction in 2015 and were also the only visitor attraction outside of London to be in the top 5 for best museum.
The baths attract one million visitors a year and recently hosted Australia at the Rugby World Cup welcome ceremony. more

Sustainability a priority for West of England firms

Sustainability is firmly on the agenda for 80% of West of England boardrooms with nearly a third considering it one of their business’s top three priorities, according to a survey undertaken by Moon consulting and Bristol Business News to coincide with Bristol’s role as European Green Capital.
Just 5% are not engaged in sustainability activities and 43% see it as part of their corporate social responsibility policy. more 




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