Events - West of England Initiative

Find business networking events, workshops and seminars in Bristol, Bath, Gloucestershire, Swindon, Wiltshire and other locations across the South West.

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Members of The West of England Initiative have the opportunity to join us and meet fellow members through quarterly formal evening events and regular lunch briefings.

Initiative Evenings

Members meet formally four times a year in our quarterly evening meetings. These formal events are a great opportunity to collaborate with other influential organisations, listen to inspiring presentations from international dignitaries, and to discuss the latest policies and projects taking place in the city region.

Briefing Lunches

The Initiative also meets every month for briefing lunches which focus on key local issues in the region. These meetings are a great opportunity for businesses to get involved and express their views on key local and regional issues; views which can subsequently be represented by us at key strategic and local partnerships and Chamber Committees.

These main events are by invite only, however, we run and support a variety of open events throughout the region.

Partner event programmes in the region

Keep an eye on these sites for events coming up in their calendars.

  • Business West Events
  • Festival of Ideas
  • UWE Bristol: Bristol Distinguished Address Series

Upcoming Events

Events happening in Bristol that the Initiative are either running, partners on or helping to support - see below:


In conversation with Andrew Bailey

The ongoing impact of the global pandemic means that global economic conditions are likely to remain challenging in the short-term and the end of the transition period approaching on 31 December brings further uncertainty for UK business. In this virtual event, Dr Adam Marshall, BCC Director General will be joined by Andrew Bailey, the Governor of the Bank of England as part of our Global Insights Leaders Programme.


West of England Initiative Meeting with Thangam Debbonaire MP - invite only

Through these challenging times we have been meeting fortnightly and are aiming to ensure that both our Initiative and chamber members are connected, well informed with the current and key issues facing them and our city region and that we are best able to pull together as a strong community of business and community leaders. These meetings are proving popular and well attended with over 1000 members having attended the seven meetings we have held to date.


The Mayor’s Annual State of the City Address 2020

Mayor Marvin Rees reflects on this, four years of his mayoralty and plans for the future. He is joined by youth mayors Alice Towle and John Wayman, and Caleb Parkin, Bristol City Poet.

  • Previous events

    View videos, photos and commentary from our previous Initiative evenings and events.

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