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Mar 11, 2021

Looking back on achievements

2021-03-11T16:03:33+00:00 March 11th, 2021|

It is incredible to reflect just how much has happened in the West of England (and indeed the world), since I begun my term as the first Regional Mayor back in 2017. I am [...]

Feb 11, 2021

Great Western Freeport

2021-02-11T14:47:20+00:00 February 11th, 2021|

On Friday 5 February, the Combined Authority submitted a bid to Government to host a Great Western Freeport. This exciting bid was developed alongside public and private sector partners, with the support of our [...]

Jan 28, 2021

E-scooter trials expansion

2021-01-28T09:39:54+00:00 January 28th, 2021|

Having been launched in October just before the second national lockdown was announced, the West of England’s e-scooter trial can hardly be said to have begun in a favourable environment. However, despite all these [...]

Jan 14, 2021

Transport investment to kick-off 2021

2021-01-14T13:53:32+00:00 January 14th, 2021|

2021 has begun with a lot of focus on the regrettable second-wave of the Covid-19 pandemic, and the hope that the rapid vaccine roll-out brings, particularly for residents in the West of England who [...]

Dec 17, 2020

Looking back at 2020

2020-12-17T13:05:30+00:00 December 17th, 2020|

Everybody on the planet will agree that 2020 turned out entirely differently to how they expected. As I look back on the last 12 months from the end of the year, it is remarkable [...]

Dec 03, 2020

Covid Vaccines and Innovation

2020-12-03T12:15:48+00:00 December 3rd, 2020|

“A day to remember in a year to forget”. This is how Health Secretary Matt Hancock described the news this week that Britain has become the first country in the world to fully test [...]

Nov 20, 2020

Green Jobs and Green Industrial Revolution

2020-11-20T15:09:25+00:00 November 20th, 2020|

This week I was pleased to see the Prime Minister announce ambitious investments for a Green Industrial Revolution in Britain, supporting up to 250,000 green jobs across the UK. These plans are so important [...]

Nov 05, 2020

Mayoral Blog – New Covid-19 restrictions

2020-11-05T13:21:13+00:00 November 5th, 2020|

Along with the rest of the country, the West of England has now entered a new phase of Covid-19 restrictions, which will be in place until the start of December. We can see that [...]

Oct 12, 2020

Launching the West of England recovery plan

2021-03-09T10:16:22+00:00 October 12th, 2020|

In his first video blog, Regional Mayor Tim Bowles talks about launching the West of England recovery plan. The action plan outlines how the region’s creativity and diversity will be harnessed to protect and [...]

Sep 24, 2020

West of England recovery plan

2020-09-24T16:42:27+01:00 September 24th, 2020|

Since being tasked by the Prime Minister to lead the West of England’s regional recovery, I have worked closely with a regional Recovery Taskforce, made up of senior figures from industry, education and local government, [...]

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