The West of England Combined Authority and Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) are committed to supporting our region’s residents and businesses through coronavirus. We’re working together with our Recovery Taskforce to lead the region’s recovery plan.
The West of England Recovery Taskforce
The West of England Recovery Taskforce has been set up to drive the West of England’s economic recovery following the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. Led by Regional Mayor, Tim Bowles, this is a partnership between the West of England Combined Authority, the LEP, business, universities and the region’s councils.
Find out more about the taskforce members here.
The West of England Recovery Plan
Our recovery plan, led by the Recovery Taskforce, includes measures to help businesses adapt to the new economic landscape and improve resilience, as well as support for residents to develop new skills, training and employment opportunities.
Our Recovery Plan has five key ambitions:
- Rebuilding business, helping new and existing businesses to survive and thrive; to safeguard existing, and create new jobs
- Getting residents back into jobs that pay above the living wage and offer employment security, through training and work to match skills to opportunities
- Strengthen inclusion, preventing further widening of inequalities and building an inclusive economy where everyone has the opportunity to achieve their potential
- A green recovery, using changes in behaviour brought about by the pandemic to accelerate transition to net zero carbon
- Renewing places, creating greener, healthier, more vibrant places to live and work.
Monitoring economic impact
We’re tracking the impact of the pandemic on our region’s economy, building up the picture over time, drawing on what businesses are telling us, and the economic indicators available. We’re putting together weekly briefings intended to deepen our understanding of the challenges faced by businesses across the region’s industries, and where there might be gaps in support coming from government. Read the latest regional insights report for more information.
Working with other regions
Metro Mayors from across the country continue to work closely together, with regional partners, and Government, to ensure people and businesses across the regions they represent are getting the support they need. Devolution is now more important than ever. We can bring our regions together; we know what our regions need, and it is clear what sectors of our economies will need specific support.