The West of England’s economy is built on strong foundations with innovative and creative businesses and a highly skilled population. The economy is worth over £38bn a year. With a population of over 1.1 million people, one of the highest levels of graduates in the UK and over 45,000 businesses, the West of England competes on a global scale. It’s a region where highly-skilled people work, where ideas flourish, and where businesses grow. It’s also a place that a diverse population of people call home.
HELPING THE REGION’S TRANSPORT NETWORK OPERATE SAFELY THROUGH CORONAVIRUS
As the region’s transport authority, WECA is working hard to make sure that as we start to carefully get the region’s economy and transport network moving again, we’re able to do it safely and minimise the risk to the public.
As restrictions ease, we’re asking people to continue to work from home where possible and when travel is necessary, to walk, cycle or drive. This will protect public transport for those that need it most.
SUPPORTING OUR REGION THROUGH CORONAVIRUS
The West of England Combined Authority and Local Enterprise Partnership are committed to supporting our region’s residents and businesses through coronavirus.
Public safety is the top priority. We are urging people to stay alert and keep safe through social distancing.
We’re taking action to help people and businesses immediately affected.
WHO WE ARE
The West of England is one of the UK’s most prosperous regions and we want to make it even better.
The West of England Combined Authority (WECA) is made up of three of the councils in the region – Bath & North East Somerset, Bristol and South Gloucestershire.
WECA also supports the Local Enterprise Partnership, which is business-led, and covers the four West of England councils, including North Somerset Council. Together, our aim is to deliver economic growth for the region and address some of our challenges, such as productivity and skills, housing and transport.
The Government recognises that the West of England is a very successful area.
As an economic leader the region competes on a global scale. The overall aim of the West of England devolution deal aims to build on this success and deliver more growth for the local and national economy. Read more
OUR PLANS FOR THE REGION
Our Local Industrial Strategy sets out clear priorities to drive long-term growth in our regional economy. The strategy draws on the unique strengths of our region and sets out our ambition to be a driving force for clean and inclusive growth. Read more
Our 2018-19 annual report summary tells you about some of the work we have done to drive clean and inclusive growth and create a better future for everyone in the West of England. Read more