The West of England is an economic leader with an economy worth over £33 billion a year. With a population of over 1.1 million people, one of the highest rates of employment in the country (79%), 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.
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.
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
The Government recognises that the West of England is a very successful area. It is unique outside of London as being a net contributor to the UK economy. 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 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