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West of England Mayor plans to make the region 'fit for the future'

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Written by: Hannah Baker | Posted 08 November 2017 10:08

West of England Mayor plans to make the region 'fit for the future'

Tim Bowles, the West of England Mayor, has outlined his vision for the region’s future prosperity.

Speaking at the business event in Bristol, Mr Bowles (pictured centre) said he believed the West of England is “one of the country’s most dynamic economic regions”, leading the way in the aerospace, financial, technology and digital sectors.

Mr Bowles told attendees that he plans to make the region "fit for the future" so investors will get a return and innovators and their employees will want to stay and prosper.

He highlighted the “deficit on public transport” and said it was “important for improved connectivity”, which would encourage people out of their cars and onto the region’s rail networks.

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The mayor also said that housing was one area that needs addressing "urgently".

When asked what projects had benefitted from his £30m-a-year budget, Mr Bowles said that a number of announcements would soon be made including an investment into the area worth hundreds of millions of pounds.

Mike Lea (pictured right) senior partner at Smith & Williamson’s Bristol office, which helped organised the event, said: “It was interesting to hear about the importance for collaborative working, something I think is vital for all forms business to adopt in order to succeed.”

Andrew Maynard (pictured left) director of client services at Michelmores, another organiser, added: “Plans are now underway for our next breakfast, where guests will have the chance to hear from leaders in the worlds of business, sport, government, education and entertainment who have an impact on the region.”

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