Our new West of England Mayor

On the 4th of May 2017, the West of England elected Tim Bowles as our very first ‘Metro Mayor’, a position responsible for an extra £30m each year in the Bristol, Bath and South West region of England.

A key part of his new role is to promote economic growth in the West by supporting existing businesses and encouraging new start-ups with sustainable development. With the West of England Combined Authority (WECA) – the area including Bristol, South Gloucestershire and B&NES – being a hub for over 43,000 businesses and having a reputable status for a number of industries including aerospace, engineering, digital technology and entrepreneurship this is a particularly important role.

By collaborating with business organisations in the West, including the Growth Hub, Invest Bristol & Bath and the West of England LEP, the new money within the region will drive plans for generating sustainable growth and help situate the region formally within the wider business community. Fortunately, the new mayor has committed to prioritise this and to the region’s economic sustainability by equipping young people with technical skills and job opportunities which will be crucial to the region’s development.

By promoting the west of England as an attractive place to visit, do business with and invest in, Mayor Bowles has made it clear that he will develop a stronger voice for the west in Westminster and prove the potential of the South West.