West of England Local Industrial Strategy to be driving force for growth
The West of England Combined Authority and LEP are working with Government to develop a Local Industrial Strategy to deliver on our region’s ambition to be a driving force for clean and inclusive growth.
To ensure that our strategy maximises the unique opportunities for the region, we have been building on new and existing relationships with the business community, to help us better understand how we can drive economic growth.
The West of England LIS Strategy Board is chaired by Professor Steve West, Chair of the West of England LEP.
Our engagement programme for the Local Industrial Strategy was launched in September 2018 at an event involving the region’s business community. The programme includes a series of workshops to cover the four grand challenges as identified in the Government’s Industrial Strategy, AI and big data, ageing society, future mobility and clean growth.
Since the launch, we have hosted two workshops covering clean growth and ageing society. To encourage genuinely open discussion with the business community, each workshop was tasked with producing a SWOT exercise to analyse the opportunities and identify innovation in the West of England. Our next workshop on 27 November 2018 will look at Future Mobility, and there will be one on AI and Big Data on 4 December.
Businesses leaders and LEP Board members are also leading on a series of ‘deep dives’ – these are evidence-gathering exercises looking at key areas such as fintech, cyber security, AI and robotics and creative industries, and how activities in these areas impact on more traditional sectors such as aerospace, professional services etc. Alongside this we are refreshing our data on the foundations of productivity.
This work is building on our extensive engagement with the business community last year, and will help us to further develop our understanding of our economy and understand more about the opportunities for our region.
The information gathered will help form our evidence base as we begin producing the West of England Local Industrial Strategy in 2019.
Find our more at www.westofengland-ca.gov.uk/ourstrategy/.