"Bristol had a choice to make yesterday and made it replacing the elected mayoral model system (from 2024) with the committee led model. As the Chamber of Commerce for the city we resolved to back whatever the electorate decided. And as we have always done our Chamber will work with the city and our city councillors to make Bristol as successful as possible for all its communities. Business recognises the importance of local government and strong accountable leadership for the city.
"At present businesses are having to focus hard on dealing with the impacts from rising inflation, supply chain disruption, major skills shortages, the need to decarbonise and ongoing impacts from the pandemic and brexit in what is a challenging, fast changing environment. It's essential in the transition period to 2024 that the city stays focused on delivering the new homes, jobs and investment for Bristol.
"Many of these challenges are long-term and our collective work to meet these will be helped by strong and accountable local leadership."