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Tim’s Blog (archive) 2020-10-02T13:41:04+01:00

Feeling festive with funding for high streets, aerospace and creative industries

As 2018 draws to a close, I’m delighted that the West of England is getting some early Christmas presents. Earlier this month, Greg Clark, the Secretary of State for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy announced £15 million for our growing aerospace sector. He chose our region to mark a year since the launch of the Industrial Strategy, and I had the chance to tell him more about our Local Industrial Strategy, which will help us to develop our vision for the continued success of the West of England. I also showed him around the Bristol Robotics Lab which brings [...]

By | December 18th, 2018|Categories: Mayor's blog (archive)|0 Comments

Boost for our high streets, homes and creative sector

Great news - we’re looking at investing up to £10m in boosting our region’s high streets, with a proposal for three pilot projects – in Bath and North East Somerset, Bristol and South Gloucestershire. The new Love our High Streets project will look at how we can work with our constituent councils and communities to transform high streets and town centres, supporting them to embrace their future in the digital age. I look forward to sharing more details about this soon, after it has been discussed in more detail at our next committee meeting on 30 November. Last week’s Budget [...]

By | November 8th, 2018|Categories: Mayor's blog (archive)|0 Comments

It’s time to strengthen devolution and re-focus funding on regional priorities

It was a momentous occasion this week as I welcomed my Regional Mayor colleagues from across the country to the West of England – it was the first time that we had met together in Bristol and it was a very productive and positive discussion. I have lived in the West of England for decades and now as Regional Mayor, I can use my knowledge of where we live to benefit the region, embracing the opportunities and addressing the challenges we face – but I need the right tools to deliver. Brexit provides a real opportunity to take back [...]

By | October 24th, 2018|Categories: Mayor's blog (archive)|0 Comments

Investing in better opportunities for residents and better outcomes for business

We had a great turnout for the launch of the Local Industrial Strategy – with more than 100 delegates attending from across the region – including businesses large and small, universities, colleges and the voluntary sector. This is a key piece of work that will set out how our region can achieve its ambition for clean and inclusive economic growth. We are encouraging businesses to get involved in shaping the strategy to help entrepreneurs and firms continue to start-up, grow and thrive in our economically successful region – setting the direction for our economy and driving future growth across the [...]

By | October 4th, 2018|Categories: Mayor's blog (archive)|0 Comments

June 2018

Great news for our region that Bristol has been shortlisted to become Channel 4’s national headquarters or one of its two new Creative Hubs. Our Invest Bristol and Bath team has worked incredibly hard on the bid and it’s fantastic to see their work recognised. I truly believe Channel 4 would find a great home here in the West of England. We’re a region that Tim Bowles with Bristol Mayor, Marvin Rees and others involved in the Channel 4 bid leads the way in so many industries and it’s great to see the buzz this bid has [...]

By | June 14th, 2018|Categories: Mayor's blog (archive)|0 Comments

May 2018

It’s a year since I was elected as the West of England’s first Mayor. My role is new, and it’s different. Heading up the West of England Combined Authority (WECA), I’m here to look at the big picture and those longer-term things that will make a difference to our residents’ lives. West of England Mayor Tim Bowles (2nd left) with Cllr Matthew Riddle, Cllr Tim Warren and Mayor Marvin Rees WECA’s three constituent councils – Bath & North East Somerset, Bristol and South Gloucestershire - came together to agree a devolution deal because they could see the [...]

By | May 1st, 2018|Categories: Mayor's blog (archive)|0 Comments