About us

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What is the West of England Initiative?

The West of England Initiative is a business leadership team which enables the business community to positively influence the way our area is shaped, managed and developed. 

We work with Local and National Government, the Local Enterprise Partnership and the third sector. Our area of engagement covers the authorities of Bristol, South Gloucestershire, Bath & North East Somerset, and North Somerset.

The West of England Initiative and its partners are people with commitment and determination, motivated by the desire to create an economically and culturally prosperous region, devoid of inequality and poverty.

We are part of Business West, a Certified B Corp and the largest independent business organisation in the UK, representing and working with more than 20,000 businesses across the South West

What we do

Annual contributions made by members fund a small business leadership team to act as an enabler for the business community, allowing it to positively engage with key issues in the region and play a part in influencing the way our area is shaped, managed and developed.

Working alongside local councils, local enterprise partnership and key stakeholders, The Initiative provides an effective link between the private, public and third sectors; ensuring that business can channel its voice and help shape and influence policies and instigate change in:

  • How did The Initiative start?