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Local government review will be a boost for Gloucestershire

Gloucestershire business, in my view, will welcome Boris Johnson’s idea of creating more directly elected Mayors. In Gloucestershire, particularly, where we have six district councils with the need...
Ian Mean
Ian Mean
Business West
Posted on: 21.07.21
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Could stronger local government hold the key to levelling up down South?

Two years after he entered Downing Street and introduced his much-heralded levelling up plan for the country, Boris Johnson today gave us a half term report on how it was going. What we got, in my...
Ian Mean
Ian Mean
Business West
Posted on: 15.07.21
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Q&A with Leader of Gloucestershire County Council Mark Hawthorne

Mark Hawthorne has been leader of the Conservative controlled Gloucestershire County Council for 11 years, and at 46 has been a councillor for more than 20 years. In a wide-ranging interview, I spoke...
Ian Mean
Ian Mean
Business West
Posted on: 14.07.21
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Planning for the future of our city centres

The intimidating heavyweight boxer, Mike Tyson, once famously replied to a reporter who asked whether he was worried about his opponent’s fight plan with the response: “Everyone has a plan until they...
Ian Bell
Ian Bell
Business West
Posted on: 08.07.21
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Economic recovery in South West held back by skills shortages and recruitment difficulties

Despite welcome news of a rebound in business activity, confidence and cashflow, albeit from an historically low base, the speed and extent of the South West’s economic recovery is threatened by...
Kye Parkin
Kye Parkin
Business West
Posted on: 05.07.21
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Bristol and West of England business leaders taking action to tackle climate change

Bristol and West of England Chamber & Initiative President Richard Bonner opened and chaired what is set to be one of many climate change themed Initiative meetings in the coming months and years...
Nina Skubala
Nina Skubala
Business West
Posted on: 05.07.21
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South West aerospace sector come together to discuss the future of flight

Figures from the aerospace and tech sector from across the South West took part in a future of flight business breakfast organised by Bristol Airport and Business West on Friday 25th June. Taking...
Nina Skubala
Nina Skubala
Business West
Posted on: 29.06.21
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Wiltshire MPs and Council Leader take questions from county’s business leaders on post-lockdown recovery

Universities Minister and MP for Chippenham, Michelle Donelan, MP for Devizes, Danny Kruger, and Leader of Wiltshire Council, Richard Clewer, recently took part in a virtual roundtable discussion...
James Cortis
James Cortis
Business West
Posted on: 22.06.21
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Metro Mayor Dan Norris tells West of England business leaders he will put region ‘on the map’

Dan Norris gave his first address to the region’s business community since being elected as Mayor of the West of England at a meeting of the Bristol & West of England Initiative yesterday (3rd...
Kye Parkin
Kye Parkin
Business West
Posted on: 04.06.21
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