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Supporting the West of England through coronavirus

Supporting the West of England through coronavirus 2020-06-19T09:12:54+01:00

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. The Government’s full guidance is available at: https://bit.ly/CV19StayAlert.

We are leading the region’s economic recovery, working with regional partners, and with government, to ensure people and businesses across the region are getting the support they need. We’re taking action to help people and businesses immediately affected and we’re developing long term plans to drive the recovery and growth of the region’s economic beyond coronavirus.

West of England Economic Recovery Board

We have set up a new taskforce to drive our region’s economic recovery. Led by Regional Mayor, Tim Bowles, this is a partnership between the West of England Combined Authority, the Local Enterprise Partnership, business, universities and the region’s councils.

The task force will initially:

  • Put together a recovery plan, including 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.
  • Look at the impact of the government’s economic measures on businesses and communities, identifying where additional support is needed.
  • Feedback to government, lobbying to ensure the West of England has what it needs for economic recovery; advising and supporting a managed exit from lockdown arrangements, identifying the next stages of financial support needed.
  • Make sure the West of England has the right public transport, physical and digital infrastructure. WECA is already working with bus and rail companies to ensure key workers can get to work. This work with public transport partners will continue, to ensure they continue to operate as we move into recovery.

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.