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Posted by on Apr 5, 2017 in News, Others, West of England Initiative Events | 0 comments

WoE Initiative Meeting – 29/03/2017

WoE Initiative Meeting – 29/03/2017

The latest West of England Initiative meeting at Rolls Royce plc gave members and guests an opportunity to find out first hand about the new developments taking place across the Filton Airfield, how the new HMS Prince of Wales Aircraft carrier, new Aerospace Museum and each and every employer in the room could inspire the next generation to develop the skills needed to ensure all in our city region can prosper.

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Prior to the main meeting, a number of our members had the opportunity to tour the Filton Airfield on First Bus’s new Electric Hybrid bus with commentary on the proposed development by Davin Eversett (YTL) and Lloyd Burnell (Bristol Aero Collection Trust).

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The main meeting was hosted by Paul Craig (Rolls-Royce). An anchor business in North Bristol and crucial for UK economy being responsible for 2% of all UK exports. He was followed by Capt. Ian Groom MBE to hear about the new aircraft carrier HMS Prince of Wales and its affiliation with Bristol.

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HMS Prince of Wales is one of two new super carriers built at Rosyth at a cost of £6bn. At 65 000 tonnes, Captain Groom said HMS Prince of Wales-taller than Nelson’s column, wider than the M25 and two and a half times the size of Wembley football stadium- will have a basic crew of 700 which will be increased by another 900 when fully operational. Captain Groom’s story of the birth of his new ship and the opportunities he sees for using its technology to spread the message of Bristol skills world-wide was inspirational.

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We then got an update from our President Professor Steve West about all the latest developments in the region, he stressed the need for the region to be ambitious, particularly in how we develop our young people sighting the newly launched Bristol WORKS programme which can be accessed through Skills West to Engage, Inspire & Employ our young people.

He went on to talk about the upcoming Metro Mayor election outlining our Manifesto. This is a big opportunity for our region, we must not be overshadowed by the Northern Powerhouse and the Midland Engine and must develop our own narrative based on the success of the region.

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The remainder of the evening focused on the development of the Filton Airfield with Davin Eversett (YTL) and Lloyd Burnell (Bristol Aero Collection Trust) explaining how the site is to be transformed to create a new community with homes, amenities, services, entertainment, jobs and transport links.

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To close, continuing with the communities theme, Sue Turner (Quartet Community Foundation) thanked business for their 30 year track record in supporting communities and small charities across Bristol, click here to view the impact the Foundation has made to so many communities across the West of England.

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Afterwards members and guests enjoyed networking over a buffet and drinks kindly supplied by our host Rolls-Royce Plc. To view the presentations click here.

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