West of England Development Conference to bring together 350 civic and business leaders

On the 8th October, prominent business and public sector leaders will come together in Bristol for the West of England Development Conference – an event officially supported by civic and business leaders across the region.

This conference, hosted by Built Environment Networking, will see some of the region’s biggest names in business, politics and government lead an economic debate including discussions on transport, housing, skills, sustainable development, environment and industrial strategy to maximise opportunities across the West of England. More than 30 speakers will discuss and present plans for the future of the region including:

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  • Bristol City Council
  • Bath & North East Somerset Council
  • University of Bristol
  • Black South West Network
  • North Somerset Council
  • Bristol & Bath Regional Capital
  • Willmott Dixon
  • Womble Bond Dickinson
  • Rengen Developments
  • Network Rail Property
  • First Base
  • Crosslane Developments
  • EDF Energy Hinckley Point C
  • Highways England
  • Local Government Association
  • PBA – now part of Stantec
  • Bristol Airport
  • Eutopia Homes
  • Cornwall Airport Newquay
  • Plymouth City Council
  • Torbay Development Agency
  • Clarion Housing Group
  • One Public Estate
  • Curo Homes
  • Homes for the South West
  • Barratt David Wilson Homes
  • Grainger Plc
  • Bristol Housing Festival
  • Yarlington Housing Group

The day-long event will provide a unique opportunity for delegates to hear about the collaborative approach to economic growth from the public and private sectors with the aim of ensuring positive regeneration and development within the West of England and the surrounding regions.


Alan Denby, Director of Economic Strategy at TDA, said:

“TDA makes a real difference to the lives of people living and working in the South West. The West of England Development Conference is a great opportunity for us to share our passion for investment, regeneration and economic growth in the region. As our company grows we look for opportunities to work with more partners across the West of England, using our knowledge and expertise to deliver projects and drive growth.”


Jessie Wilde, Deputy Project Director at Bristol Housing Festival said:

“The Bristol Housing Festival is committed to innovation, collaboration and learning together. I am delighted that our first two projects show how we can create prototypes that we believe will help us learn how we build healthy communities and contribute solutions that may help start to tackle the challenges of our housing crisis. In the context of the housing needs of the city it is important that we find creative ways to test new ideas that can be scaled up to contribute to meeting our region’s housing needs – we also need to show that this can be done quickly as the existing need creates a demand for urgency.”


Vicki Redman, Partner in Planning and Infrastructure at Womble Bond Dickinson, said:

“We are very pleased to support the West of England Economic Growth Conference for the third year running.  Womble Bond Dickinson is working to deliver a number of high profile infrastructure projects in the region and this gives us a good understanding of the challenges and opportunities that often present themselves.

Much hard work has gone into the recent publication of the West of England Local Industrial Strategy on 19 July 2019.  The Strategy sets out long-term priorities to increase productivity in the region that is also inclusive and clean.  This timely Conference now hosts an impressive series of panel discussions.  It will be fascinating to hear what more can be done and collaboratively to support development and regeneration projects that will boost our regional economy and drive growth.”


For more information or to book tickets to the event on the 8th October visit https://www.built-environment-networking.com/event/west-england-development-conference/ and for media enquiries please contact Nathan Spencer at nathan.spencer@www.built-environment-networking.com