The West of England Local Enterprise Partnership’s (LEP’s) role is to secure the region’s continued economic success by promoting an environment where businesses thrive and healthy and productive communities grow in a sustainable way.
We work with Government to promote and champion the economic success of the region and support the attraction of new inward investment.
We shape regional policy to ensure residents have the right skills and can benefit from the region’s success and we support business growth by working to attract new jobs to Bristol, Bath and Weston-super-Mare and the surrounding areas.
The West of England offers excellent quality of life and has a growing national and international profile. It’s a great place to live and work and, as a partnership between business and local authorities, we are making it a better one.
Professor Steve West took up the post of Vice-Chancellor of the University of the West of England in Bristol in 2008.
He is the Chair and Higher Education representative for the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership. Read more…
Dr Patricia Greer is the Chief Executive of the West of England Combined Authority and Local Enterprise Partnership.
Patricia led the region’s devolution programme from March 2015, through to the establishment of the Combined Authority in
2017. Read more…
The LEP Board
The LEP Board is a business-led partnership between businesses, universities and the region’s councils and combined authority. The 15 business members are senior leaders with knowledge and expertise in a range of industry sectors to help influence and advise both within the region and beyond. Board members Neil Douglas and Richard Bonner are specifically responsible for representing and engaging with the SME business community.
Professor Sue Rigby is the Vice-Chancellor of Bath Spa University. Sue commenced her role as Vice-Chancellor of Bath Spa University in January 2018. Previously she was Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Student Development at the University of Lincoln where she was responsible for the student journey from application to alumni activities, and had oversight of the Colleges of Science and Arts. Read more…
Richard Samuel has represented Walcot ward on Bath and North East Somerset Council since April 2017. In May 2019 he became Cabinet Member for Resources and Deputy Leader of the Council. Richard is carrying out the council leader’s duties the interim until a new leader is elected at Bath & North East Somerset Council’s Annual Meeting in May. Read more…