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West of England Economic Growth Conference 2018

Thursday, 11th October 2018 @ 0800hrs - 1700hrs

Engine Shed, Brunel’s Old Station, Bristol, Station Approach, BS1 6QH

West of England Economic Growth Conference 2018 | Event


The West of England Economic Growth Conference is back – and this year the focus is on making development and regeneration projects happen to drive economic growth within the region. Through a series of keynotes, development plan presentations and panel discussions we’ll delve into major schemes which are both happening or planned for the future – with the conference bringing together senior leaders from across the built environment to collaborate and align to the key areas of focus for the West of England. It’s a must attend for anyone within the sector looking to work within the region.


The conference will see:


Kickstarting the conference will be two keynotes from VIP speakers – establishing the key topics and barriers within the West of England and sharing details on the opportunities to align those within the built environment to the important focus areas for the region. We’ll be hearing about how we can collaborate together to unlock and maximise the potential of the region. The opening will set the tone for the rest of the conference, with insights into the size of the prize, and the biggest picture within the West of England. We’ll be hearing from senior business leaders including:

Ziylo Bristol City Football Club Catapult Transport Systems Bristol Water Institute Director


Once we’ve hear about the regional opportunities we’ll discover exclusive insights and future development plans as 20 major developers share details on their future schemes and masterplans for the region and their estates. We’ll hear about huge commercial and mixed-used schemes, leisure attractions, residential builds, University estates, infrastructure projects and more with a focus on the massive opportunities developments will unlock and how you can get involved. Some of the projects we’ll be hearing about include:

  • Acorn Property Group are a prolific developer in the area – from their transformational scheme to regenerate the Old Brooks Dye Works into a new community on the outskirts of Bristol, to the massive commercial focused riverside project in Barnstaple to luxury residential schemes across Cornwall – they’ll share their ongoing and future plans in an exciting period for the Acorn Group.
  • YTL Developments are behind the huge Filton Airfield project set to create a new community alongside new infrastructure, amenities and – potentially – Bristol Arena. They’ll talk about the project, what it means for the wider region and how companies can get involved.
  • University of Bath have just purchased the Bristol & Bath Science Park for £18m and they have huge plans for the site which could have a phenomenal impact on the economic growth story of the region.
  • Bath & North Somerset Council will discuss their transformational Bath Quays scheme – the most significant level of development for over 25 years in the region, along with other development and regeneration zones within their region.
  • Milligan Retail will be sharing details on a new concept – ‘Creative Trade’ – and they’re looking to engage with businesses within the West of England to help turn legacy buildings into thriving artisan retail environments. They’ll be starting in the region with a blank canvas – looking to engage with the whole supply chain from investors and developers to land owners and more
  • Hammerson will talk about their portfolio including an exciting new development set to happen within the West of England.
  • Taylor Wimpey will be sharing a presentation on some huge schemes they’re working on, such as the North Whiteley project delivering 3,500 homes and their development on the outskirts of Bristol to create three new villages and 4,500 new homes, which will drive housing numbers across the West of England.
  • Cubex Land‘s presentation will include an overview of their plans for the former Avon Fire and Rescue building – one of the only remaining regeneration sites in the heart of Bristol city centre.
  • Bristol Airport is thriving and with the Government’s recent announcement of support to regional airports the trend is set to continue. We’ll be hearing about their plans to attract more passengers and deal with more cargo to drive economic growth within the region.
  • Highways England are set to drive economic growth in the West of England through their Road Investment Strategy, with the first project – a new M49 junction – about to kickstart which is expected to deliver 14,000 new jobs and provide a massive boost for the regional economy.
  • Any many more. Click here to see a full list of speakers.

Bristol Milligan Retail Cubex Public Private Sector Bath North Somerset Bristol COuncil Airport University Port Taylor Wimpey Housing Residential Property Commercial Legal General FUnding Investment


It promises to be an unmissable event! Don’t miss out – tickets are limited:



Not only will delegates get the chance to network and ask questions throughout the day to those driving economic growth within the region – we’ll finalise the event through an audience led Q&A session to summarise the event proceedings, focus on the barriers and constraints, and ensure those attending leave the conference aligned to the key focuses of the West of England with a clear view of how you can get involved. Some of those taking part in the Q&A session include:

  • Tom Gorringe; Director of Bristol Rovers FC
  • Paul Shand; South West Regional Chair of the Department for International Trade
  • Donna Kehoe; South West Agent at the Bank of England
  • James Durie; Chief Executive of Bristol Chamber
  • Click here to see the full list of speakers and agenda

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Associate your brand with the West of England Economic Growth Conference and position your brand at the forefront of the regions biggest event of the year. Some of the benefits of partnership and exhibition packages include…

  • Speak at the conference; we have opportunities to deliver a keynote speech or get involved within the conversation by chairing one of the event sessions
  • Build brand trust; be at the forefront of the event with on stage branding and VIP access to stand out from the crowd
  • Access to speakers; share the stage or the back stage green room to build rapport and relationships with key senior leaders from the region
  • Mass brand awareness; get your brand in front of senior leaders in the industry – our events attract the most senior level management from the UK’s leading firms and public sector organisations.
  • Any much more!


Be at the forefront of the economic growth story in the West of England.



West of England Economic Growth Conference Partners Include:

Logos Partners E.ON IFC Group Pegasus Group Balfour Beatty Ashfords Mott MacDonald Versate Waterman Wessex Archeaology Womble Bond Dickinson Willmott Dixon Border

West of England Economic Growth Conference 2018 | Programme


0800 – 0900 Breakfast & Registration
0900 – 0945 Keynote Speakers
Keynote 1
Julie Snell, Managing Director, Bristol Is Open CONFIRMED
Keynote 2
Dr Harry Destecroix, Co-Founder, Ziylo CONFIRMED
Keynote 3 – Brexit Presentation
Jeremy Sneddon, Director, Provelio CONFIRMED
0945 – 1030 Devolution & Economic Growth (Inc. Industrial Strategy)
Key regional players providing their views on devolution, economic growth and their views on the industrial strategy
Chair: Jeremy Sneddon, Director, Provelio
Deborah Fraser, Director – South West, CBI CONFIRMED
Nick Sturge, Regional Chair, IoD CONFIRMED
Mel Karam, Chief Executive, Bristol Water CONFIRMED
Tom Gorringe, Director, Bristol Rovers FC CONFIRMED
Prof. Steve Egan, Vice President – Implementation, University of Bath CONFIRMED
1030 – 1045 Break & Networking
1045 – 1145 Developers
Leading developers are presenting their development plans and the contribution they are making to West of England economic growth
Chair: John Boughton, Deputy Managing Director, Willmott Dixon
Robin Squire, Regional Managing Director, Acorn Property Group CONFIRMED
Robin Dobson, Director – Retail Development, Hammerson CONFIRMED
Paul Hanegraaf, Creative Navigator, Milligan Retail CONFIRMED
Ben Wells, Chief Commercial Officer, Bath Rugby CONFIRMED
1145 – 1200 Break & Networking
1200 – 1300 Housing
Presentations form 5 leading housing developers/builders
Chair: Dan Weaver, Executive Director – Planning, Pegasus
Louise Swain, Chief Executive, Alliance Homes Group CONFIRMED
Andrew Dobson, Managing Director, Crest Nicholson CONFIRMED
Jason Mills, Director of Planning & Development, YTL Developments CONFIRMED
Gavin Bridge, Director, Cubex Land CONFIRMED
Ralph Hawkins, Managing Director, Taylor Wimpey CONFIRMED
1300 – 1330 Lunch & Networking
1330 – 1430 Infrastructure
Presentations on the major developments in infrastructure that are key to the West of England
Chair: Jonathan Bower, Partner, Womble Bond Dickinson
Andrew Page-Dove, SW Regional Director, Highways England CONFIRMED
Dave Lees, Chief Executive, Bristol Airport CONFIRMED
John Chaplin, Director of External Affairs & Special Projects, Bristol Ports CONFIRMED
1430 – 1445 Break & Networking
1445 – 1545 Universities & Colleges
A chance to learn how leading educational organisations are contributing to the economic growth in the region
Chair: Saud Muhsinovic, Global Practice Leader – Higher Education, Mott MacDonald
Sue Rigby, Vice Chancellor, Bath Spa University CONFIRMED
Nigel Benton, Director of Apprenticeships & Employer Based Training, City of Bristol College CONFIRMED
Kevin Hamblin, Executive Principal & Group Chief Executive, South Gloucestershire & Stroud College CONFIRMED
Tom Britten, Commercial Director, University of Bath CONFIRMED
1545 – 1600 Conference Summary; Phil Laycock


West of England Economic Growth Conference 2018 | Attendees

Hundreds of business decision makers and industry professionals will join us in Bristol to drive economic growth. Check out some of the companies you could meet at the event:

299 Lighting
A2Dominion Housing
Acorn Property Group
ADP Architecture
AHR Architects
Alec French Architects
Alliance Homes Group
Austin-Smith: Lord
AWW Architects
Balfour Beatty
BAM Construction
BAM Ritchies
Barton Willmore
Bath & North East Somerset Council
Bath Rugby Union Club
Bath Spa University
Bell Cornwell
Bevan Brittan
Border Archaeology
Bristol & Bath Regional Capital
Bristol Airport
Bristol City Council
Bristol Chamber of Commerce
Bristol is Open
Bristol Ports
Bristol Rovers FC
Bristol Water
Bruton Knowles
Brymor Construction
Built Environment Networking
Burges Salmon
Business West
Butler & Young
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Cadence Planning PR
Campbell Reith Consulting Engineers
Card Geotechnics
Celtic Technologies
Childs + Sulzmann
Churchman Landscape Architects
City College Bristol
ClearLead Consulting
Copper Consultancy
Cratus Communications
Creatrix PR
Crest Nicholson
Crosslane Group
Cryer & Coe Architects
Cubex Land
DAC Beachcroft
DLP Planning
Department for International Trade
ECE Westworks Architecture
EDP Cirencester
Elliot Wood
Emmett Russell Architects
Encore Group
Engine Shed
Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios
Ferguson Mann Architects
First Base
Foot Anstey
Frazer-Nash Consultancy
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Hoare Lea
Galliford Try
Hab Housing
Halsall Construction
Hampshire Trust Bank
Hartry Global
Henry Riley
Homes England
Infinite Global
Institute of Civil Engineers
Institute of Directors
International Fire Consultants (IFC Group)
J4 Projects
JBP Associates
JM Estates
Key Transport Consultants
Langley Waterproofing Systems
LDA Design
Legal & General
Lewis Silkin LLP
Lifting Gear UK
Lucion Environmental
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M J Church
Malcolm Hollis
Marengo Communications
Mayer Brown
Meeting Place Communications
Method Consulting
Midas Group
Milligan Retail
MLM Group
Moore Stephens
Morgan Sindall
Mott MacDonald
Nash Partnership
National Federation of Builders
Network Rail
Osborne Construction
Paragon BC
Paul Basham Associates
Pegasus Group
Pennon Group
Peter Brett Associates
Pick Everard
Plymouth University
Portland Design
QODA Consulting
Rider Levett Buc
Richard Jackson
Rodgers Leask
Rydon Construction
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Sage Housing
Scape Procure
Shaw Trust
Silcock Dawson & Partners
Smith & Williamson
Social Communications
South Gloucestershire & Stroud College
Speller Metcalfe
Spratley & Partners
SRA Architects
St Wulstans Canalside RTM Co
Stanmore Contractors
Stantec Architecture
Stephen George & Partners
Stride Treglown
Strukta Group
Taylor Wimpey
Terence O’Rourke
TLT Solicitors
Touchstone CPS
Transport Planning Associates
Trowers & Hamlins
Turner & Townsend
Tyler Grange
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Unite Student
United Living
University of Bath
Vertase FLI
Vinci Construction
Warwick Estates
Waterman Group
Wessex Archaeology
Weston College
Weston Williamson + Partners
Willmott Dixon
Womble Bond Dickinson
YTL Developments
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West of England Economic Growth Conference 2018 | Details


Thursday, 11th October 2018
0800hrs - 1700hrs


Engine Shed, Brunel’s Old Station, Bristol
Station Approach, BS1 6QH + Google Map