Our operating framework sets out our priorities and forms the basis of WECA’s annual business plan for 2018/19. It will inform our regional response to the Government’s Industrial Strategy.
The framework identifies three priority areas for this year:
- Infrastructure fit for the future;
- World class skills; and
- Businesses that succeed
The framework takes on board the feedback we received on our 2017 West of England strategy discussion paper, which was jointly authored by WECA and the LEP and developed in partnership with constituent councils, business, universities and others.
Our key activities
Our business plan sets out the key activities that WECA will deliver over the 2018/19 period. It includes plans to bring further investment into transport, homes and skills to ensure the West of England is at the forefront of growth and innovation, where economic, cultural and environmental diversity is celebrated and forms the foundations of prosperity for all.
It is structured around the three strategic aims identified in the operating framework. The plan is focused on next year, however it contains some reference to activity that we are already committed to in the coming years.
Developing our Local Industrial Strategy
We have started discussions with the Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) on developing a Local Industrial Strategy for the West of England. This is an important opportunity for the region and WECA will work closely with BEIS and across Government to develop this Local Industrial Strategy.
Our business plan will be updated as the Local Industrial Strategy is developed and as policy evolves.