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A cleaner, greener and more business friendly alternative to Bristol’s diesel ban

Bristol has a serious pollution problem – many of our city centre streets are breaking legal air pollution limits, with knock on effects for the health of our families, workers and visitors. Central...
James Durie
James Durie
Business West
Posted on: 26.02.20
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How can the West of England make its voice heard in Westminster?

Now that we’ve got a new national government with a huge parliamentary majority and we’ve moved away from discussing whether or not we should leave the European Union you can be certain that Downing...
Ian Bell
Ian Bell
Business West
Posted on: 14.02.20
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Barton Willmore's Simon Prescott on planning, politics and prospects for growth in the West

Planners by reputation and image, in my experience, tend not to be the most engaging of characters. Simon Prescott, who has just been appointed a non-executive director on the board of Business West...
Ian Mean
Ian Mean
Business West
Posted on: 05.02.20
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A new deal with Europe: what are the key areas concerning business?

The Withdrawal Agreement that came into effect on 31 January provides for business-as-usual trading arrangements between the UK and the EU until the end of 2020. However, much could change thereafter...
Rohan Roy
Rohan Roy
Posted on: 04.02.20
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Business West responds to UK’s official departure from the EU

As the UK marks its official departure from the European Union, and the start of an 11- month transition period, Phil Smith, Managing Director of Business West responds.
Kye Parkin
Kye Parkin
Business West
Posted on: 31.01.20
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West of England Joint Spatial Plan - what next?

The examination of the West of England Joint Spatial Plan (JSP) reported back at the beginning of August and a fuller response came in September, where – in their words – they “set out in more detail...
Matt Griffith
Matt Griffith
Business West
Posted on: 28.01.20
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Western Gateway - a roadmap for the West’s future economic success

At long last, the South West is beginning to get to grips with what this region stands for and how we wish to be seen by government. At Business West we welcome this important self-examination of our...
Phil Smith
Phil Smith
Business West
Posted on: 27.01.20
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Gloucestershire rail should not be put on the back burner

On the day it hit us that rail ticket prices are now rising twice as fast as wages, I was interested to hear transport minister Grant Shapps confirming he will be reversing some of the Beeching line...
Ian Mean
Ian Mean
Business West
Posted on: 15.01.20
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Business rate cuts to benefit High Street retailers

Our hard-pressed independent High Street retailers in Gloucestershire can look forward to a little New Year cheer. Just before Christmas, in the Queen’s Speech, the government decided they must...
Ian Mean
Ian Mean
Business West
Posted on: 07.01.20
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