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West of England Economic Growth Conference

Wednesday, 8th November 2017 @ 0800hrs - 1700hrs

West of England Economic Growth Conference | Event

West of England’s Future Starts Here!

With an economy worth over £31 billion per year, a population of over 1 million people and over 43,000 businesses, the opportunity for growth is enormous. The foundations have been put in place by the Combined Authority, the LEP and Cities and with the election of the new Metro Mayor the region is all set to start a massive growth cycle.

The West of England Economic Growth Conference is fully supported by the West of England Combined Authority and the West of England LEP and is the region’s biggest business event of 2017 and brings together public and private sector leaders to discuss and debate the key business themes and opportunities for growth.


Tim Bowles


West of England

Patricia Greer,


West of England CA


Mayor Marvin Rees,


Bristol City Council

Karin Smith MP,

Member of Parliament,

Bristol South


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Conference Themes

 Increase your understanding of five key West of England business topics. Have your say on the region’s economic roadmap in conference debate sessions.

  • Why a combined authority?
  • Improving transport
  • Delivering housing
  • Developing skills
  • Growing the economy

See the FULL programme HERE

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Attend the Conference

Access unique business, learning and networking opportunities at the year’s biggest business event.

Booking for this event has now closed.

Be an Exhibitor

Take the spotlight and meet hundreds of West of England businesses and leaders face to face.


Be a Sponsor

Position your brand as a thought leader and business supporter, to hundreds of the region’s top players.


West of England Economic Growth Conference | Programme

0800-0900Breakfast & Registration 
0900-0945Keynote 1Tim Bowles, West of England Regional Mayor CONFIRMED
 Keynote 2Sir Peter Hendy, Chair Network Rail CONFIRMED
 Keynote 3Sado Jirde, Director, Black South West Network CONFIRMED
1015-1115Session 1Chair: Richard Bonner, Director UK Cities, Arcadis
Why Devolution? What is aTim Bowles, West of England Regional Mayor CONFIRMED
 Combined Authority? Why
a Regional Mayor? How do
Mayor Marvin Rees, Bristol City Council CONFIRMED
 we deliver the West of
England Strategy?
Cllr Tim Warren, Leader, Bath & North East Somerset Council CONFIRMED
  Karin Smyth MP, Bristol South CONFIRMED
James Durie, Chief Executive, Bristol Chamber & Initiative, part of Business West of Commerce CONFIRMED
1130-1230Session 2Chair: Austin Smith, Director, ARUP
How do we improve connectivity in the region,
Elaine Seagriff, Head of Transport for the Combined Authority CONFIRMED
 nationally and internationally
to increase access to jobs,
Megan Streb, Head of Partnerships for the South of England, Sustrans CONFIRMED
reduce congestion and promote sustainableSimon Earles, Planning & Sustainability Director, Bristol Airport CONFIRMED 
transport choices?David Brown, Chief Executive Officer, Bristol Port Company CONFIRMED 
Andrew Page-Dove, Regional Director South West, Highways England CONFIRMED 
James Freeman, Managing Director, First Bus CONFIRMED
1315-1415Session 3Chair: Simon Prescott, Partner, Barton Willmore
 How do we find innovative ways of increasing theOona Goldsworthy, Chief Executive, United Communities CONFIRMED 
 availability and affordability of housing? Ed Ellerington, Director – PRS, Grainger Plc CONFIRMED 
  Laura Ambler, Interim Head of Housing & Planning, West of England Combined Authority and Local Enterprise Partnership CONFIRMED
Victor de Cunha, Chief Executive, Curo Housing CONFIRMED
Tom Walker, Deputy Chief Executive, Homes & Communities Agency CONFIRMED
1430-1530Session 4Chair: Nick James, Partnership Director for Southern England, CITB
How do we develop an integrated employment,Professor Nishan Canagarajah, Pro Vice Chancellor, University of Bristol CONFIRMED 
education and skill system that is engaged andJo Watson, Group Director – Business Intelligence & Product Growth, Weston College CONFIRMED 
responsive to employer’s needs?Professor Steve West, Vice-Chancellor UWE Bristol & Chair West of England LEP CONFIRMED
Jane Taylor, Head of Service, Skills, Employment & Learning, Bristol City Council CONFIRMED
Caroline Roberts,  Head of Policy, City & Guilds CONFIRMED
Sado Jirde, Director, Black South West Network CONFIRMED
1545-1645Session 5Chair: Mark Rogers, Director, Turner & Townsend
How do we support businesses, attractPatricia Greer, Chief Executive Officer, West of England Combined Authority CONFIRMED
investment and employment opportunities and removeMike Jackson, Chief Executive, North Somerset Council CONFIRMED
barriers to creativity and innovation?David Eccles, Head of Stakeholder Engagement, Hinkley Point C, EDF Energy CONFIRMED 
Don Mowbray, Head of Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Product Management, Oracle CONFIRMED 
Nick Sturge, South West Regional Chairman, IoD & Director, Engine Shed CONFIRMED 
Tom Fourcade, Director Exports & Investment, Southern England, Department for International Trade CONFIRMED
1645-1700Conference SummaryPhil Laycock, Director, Built Environment Networking

West of England Economic Growth Conference | Speakers

Andrew Page-Dover image

Andrew Page-Dover

Regional Director South West;
Highways England
Austin Smith image

Austin Smith

Caroline Roberts image

Caroline Roberts

Head of Policy;
City & Guilds
David Brown image

David Brown

Chief Executive;
Bristol Port Company
David Eccles image

David Eccles

Head of Stakeholder Engagement;
Hinkley Point C, EDF Energy
Ed Ellerington image

Ed Ellerington

Director - PRS;
Grainger Plc
Elaine Seagriff image

Elaine Seagriff

Head of Transport;
West of England Combined Authority
James Durie image

James Durie

Chief Executive;
Bristol Chamber of Commerce
James Freeman image

James Freeman

Managing Director;
First Bus
Jane Taylor image

Jane Taylor

Head of Service, Skills, Employment & Learning;
Bristol City Council
Jo Watson image

Jo Watson

Group Director - Business Intelligence & Product Growth;
Weston College
Karin Smyth MP image

Karin Smyth MP

Member of Parliament;
Bristol South
Mayor Marvin Rees image

Mayor Marvin Rees

Bristol City Council
Megan Streb image

Megan Streb

Head of Partnerships for the South of England;
Mike Jackson image

Mike Jackson

Chief Executive;
North Somerset Council
Nick Sturge image

Nick Sturge

Engine Shed
Professor Nishan Canagarajah image

Professor Nishan Canagarajah

Pro Vice Chancellor;
University of Bristol
Oona Goldsworthy image

Oona Goldsworthy

Chief Executive;
United Communities
Patricia Greer image

Patricia Greer

Chief Executive Officer;
West of England Combined Authority
Sir Peter Hendy image

Sir Peter Hendy

Network Rail
Sado Jirde image

Sado Jirde

Black South West Network
Simon Earles image

Simon Earles

Planning & Sustainability Director;
Bristol Airport
Simon Prescott image

Simon Prescott

Barton Willmore
Steve West image

Steve West

West of England LEP
Tim Bowles image

Tim Bowles

Regional Mayor;
West of England
Councillor Tim Warren image

Councillor Tim Warren

Bath & North East Somerset Council
Tom Fourcade image

Tom Fourcade

Director Exports & Investment, Southern England;
Department for International Trade
Victor De Cunha image

Victor De Cunha

Chief Executive;
Curo Housing

West of England Economic Growth Conference | Exhibition

Why Exhibit?

  • Meet around 300 delegates face to face
  • Be part of the biggest business event in the West of England
  • Network with hundreds of your business clients and peers
  • Show your support to the Combined Authority and the LEP


A 3m2 stand costs £1,500 plus VAT

A 6m2 stand costs £3,000 plus VAT

Other sizes are available on request.

Four delegate passes are included with each stand.

We have a limited amount of stand space available at this event – so please book early to avoid disappointment.

ALL STAND BOOKINGS SHOULD BE MADE DIRECTLY WITH US – and then your additional stand requirements will be made direct to GES.

2017 Exhibitors:

West of England Economic Growth Conference | Sponsors

Why Sponsor:

  • Receive high level brand awareness for your company
  • Be associated as a thought leader within the West of England
  • Develop growth opportunities for your business
  • Be recognized as a leader in your profession in the West of England
  • Show your support to the Combined Authority and the LEP

Corporate Partner

Session Sponsors

Devolution Session Sponsor – Arcadis

Transport Session Sponsor – Arup

Housing Session Sponsor – Barton Willmore

Growing the Economy Session Sponsor – Turner & Townsend

Conference Associates

Breakfast Sponsor

Lunch Sponsor

Email Sponsor

Badge Sponsor

Lanyard Sponsor

West of England Economic Growth Conference | Details


Wednesday, 8th November 2017
0800hrs - 1700hrs
£60 - £150
Event Category:


Brunel’s Old Station, Bristol


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All Other Tickets - West of England Economic Growth Conference£150.00West of England Economic Growth Conference, 8th November 2017, Brunel's Old Station (The Passenger Shed), Bristol; 0800hrs-1730hrs;

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Our conference will connect you with construction, property and building industry professionals from both the public and private sectors – helping you build new relationships, discover exclusive regional insights into new developments and regeneration schemes, and help you reap the commercial benefits of being at the forefront of regional economic growth.

With over 70 conferences a year we’re supported by some of the leading organisations and businesses – with HS2 Ltd, West Yorkshire Combined Authority, Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority, Transport for London and Transport for the North just a few of those we’re working with to shape our event and conference agendas to ensure the regions key topics and aims are integrated into regional industry discussions.

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