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30 years of the Initiative in Bristol, Bath and West of England

2018 marks thirty years since a group of civic minded business leaders came together to form the Bristol Initiative – which I am now the Chief Executive of. The Initiative is unique in the UK. A...
James Durie
James Durie
Business West
Posted on: 07.12.18
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Let’s get the new Bath Rec design over the line

Twenty months have passed since I wrote about a workshop to talk about concepts for a new stadium on the Recreation Ground for Bath Rugby. At the time I said: “To be honest, it felt like Groundhog...
Ian Bell
Ian Bell
Posted on: 06.12.18
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Delegation from China visits Leigh Court to strengthen trade links with Bristol and the West of England

Business West Chambers of Commerce welcomed a delegation of business leaders from the Shandong Province Chamber of Commerce to Leigh Court this week to help strengthen trade links between this...
James Durie
James Durie
Business West
Posted on: 26.11.18
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How West of England business is driving the UN Sustainable Development Goals

I was recently asked to present at the UN Sustainable Development Goals Roadshow in Bristol , which helps align business goals with the UN’s sustainable development goals adopted by the UK and the...
Jaya Chakrabarti MBE
Jaya Chakrabarti MBE
Posted on: 23.11.18
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Global Parliament of Mayors - empowering cities as drivers of change

Nearly 350 people from around the world took part in the Global Parliament of Mayors Annual Summit 2018 with over 2,500 local people involved in related events . Around 80 mayors and city network...
Kye Parkin
Kye Parkin
Business West
Posted on: 22.11.18
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Future is bright for the Forest of Dean

Time was when the Forest of Dean seemed like a forgotten island, stuck on the edge of Gloucestershire and only a few miles from the Welsh border. I am happy to say that my view has changed...
Ian Mean
Ian Mean
Business West
Posted on: 15.11.18
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Bristol & Bath innovation cluster to rival the likes of Seattle

A major study by consultants SQW , leaders in the field of innovation and economic analysis, highlights that the Bristol and Bath city region is well positioned to rival the top innovation cities in...
Kye Parkin
Kye Parkin
Business West
Posted on: 13.11.18
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Why Gloucestershire should be among first to pilot new high-street scheme

Government is being asked to make Gloucestershire one of five places to pilot a Budget scheme to regenerate the county’s High Streets. The call comes from Dr Diane Savory, OBE, chairman of...
Ian Mean
Ian Mean
Business West
Posted on: 08.11.18
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Electric Vehicles and sustainable transport in the West of England

Electric vehicles (EVs) are becoming more and more accessible and more and more affordable, so are they the answer to improving air quality in the West of England While we can’t hail EVs as the Holy...
Kye Parkin
Kye Parkin
Business West
Posted on: 05.11.18
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