Posts Tagged ‘West of England LEP’

LEP welcomes further transport investment

Posted on Thursday 28th June 2012 at 5:09 pm by SH (Editor)

West of England Local Enterprise Partnership.

Business leaders are celebrating further investment to improve the local transport system, which is a key element in boosting the economy of the West of England.

Speaking on behalf of the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership, the group that provides a platform for business and local councils to work together, Robert Sinclair, the Chief Executive of Bristol Airport, said the announcement of a further £24m from central Government through the Local Sustainable Transport Fund is great news:

“This investment is part of a much wider transport infrastructure programme which could see well over a billion pounds coming to the area making a substantial improvement in all modes of transport, including roads, buses, rail, cycling and walking.”

“The Local Enterprise Partnership has identified improving our transport infrastructure as a key priority which is shared by both business and the local authorities. It has been well established that there is a clear link between excellent transport connectivity and economic growth and job creation. We are delighted with the latest announcement which illustrates the confidence that central Government has in the West of England and our ability to deliver economic growth.”

“We have already seen a £79m investment in the Greater Bristol Bus Network, and earlier this year we received the green light for five Major Transport Schemes which have a combined value of £244m.”

“The £700m electrification of the Great Western mainline over the next three to four years will also significantly improve the journey times and our access to and from the capital.”

“Our next focus will be to work with the local councils tosecure funding for the Greater Bristol Metro rail scheme, and we hope a positive announcement on this will be forthcoming very shortly. The entire Local Enterprise Partnership is backing the £100m scheme which will be another very important milestone in transport improvements. In total, we could see well over a billion pounds in transport improvements coming our way over the next five to ten years.”

Source: West of England Local Enterprise Partnership


New ‘Enterprise Areas’ to drive jobs growth

Posted on Saturday 16th June 2012 at 12:01 pm by SH (Editor)

The Conservatives.

Conservative councillors have welcomed the formal designation of three flagship ‘Enterprise Areas’ at Filton, Emersons Green and Severnside in South Gloucestershire.

At the first meeting of the Policy and Resources Committee earlier this week, councillors voted to create Enterprise Areas to drive sustainable economic growth locally in line with the council’s future development vision set out in its ‘Core Strategy’.

These three Enterprise Areas are:

  • Filton (including the soon-to-be-disused airfield) is a 95ha employment zone with a potential job growth of 7,000 – 12,000, which will focus on aerospace, advanced engineering and manufacturing;
  • Emersons Green (including the Science Park and National Composites Centre) is a 45ha employment zone with a potential job growth of 4,000 – 7,000, which will focus on science, composites and creative and digital media; and
  • Severnside (including land covered by 1957/58 planning permission) is a 462ha employment zone with a potential job growth of 4,000 – 8,000, which will focus on warehousing, industrial and environmental technologies.

Alongside this initiative, the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership (which includes South Gloucestershire Council as well as local businesses) is developing a unified inward investment service to ensure that the local area can compete nationally and internationally against other recognised and emerging investment locations.

Stoke Gifford Councillor Brian Allinson (Con), who is Chairman of the council’s Planning, Transportation and Strategic Environment Committee, said:

“Our ambition is for these Enterprise Areas to act as magnets for inward investment, boost the local economy and drive a strong economic recovery by creating thousands of new jobs.”

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Source: Conservative Group on South Gloucestershire Council


LEP welcomes £70m inward investment announcement

Posted on Monday 4th April 2011 at 8:31 am by SH (Editor)

The West of England Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) has welcomed the £70million inward investment announced by Airbus during a visit by Vince Cable MP, Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills on Friday 25th March.

The aerospace giant plans to develop a £70million state of the art engineering and technology campus in South Gloucestershire.

Chair Colin Skellett said: “This is very welcome news. The West of England has a high number of immensely capable aerospace and defence companies, which is why we are well placed to become the lead Local Enterprise Partnership nationally for this industry.”

“This latest announcement will help to cement the worldwide reputation the West of England has for cutting-edge aeronautics, following the securing of the National Composites Centre (NCC) last year, and the news last week that the NCC will become part of the first Technology and Innovation Centre in the UK.”

“The LEP has now established its permanent Board, which includes key players in the private and public sector, to ensure that this gathering momentum continues.”


Local Enterprise Partnership interim board appointed

Posted on Friday 7th January 2011 at 12:35 am by SH (Editor)

Some of the region’s leading business people will be helping to drive forward the newly formed West of England Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP).

Colin Skellett, executive chairman of Wessex Water, Katherine Bennett OBE, vice 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.

They will be joined on the interim board by the leaders of the four local authorities 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.

The creation of the interim board marks the latest milestone for the LEP, which will promote economic growth and prosperity in the West of England.

It will play a key role in delivering 95,000 jobs in the area by 2030 and attracting at least £1billion of private sector investment over the next five years.


Source: South Gloucestershire Council