Go west

I attended a very interesting reception in one of the House of Commons’ dining rooms on Monday night, organised by the West of England partnership to promote the city-region’s bid to establish a Local Economic Partnership.

During the course of an hour I managed to speak to the Vice Chancellor of UWE (they’re not going to buy Kipper’s Field!); the head of the City of Bristol college; the Chief Executive of Brist0l City Council; the leader of the Labour group; a couple of people from GOSW; and various other people. It was actually a very useful chance to get a steer from them all on how they thought the Government cuts would affect the city, and listen to their concerns.  The speakers included  Katherine Bennett from Airbus and Clare Reddington from Pervasive Media Studios, as examples of thriving sectors in the city. All in all, a very good event.

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  • thebristolblogger  On July 14, 2010 at 9:11 pm

    “Thriving sectors”

    500 potential redundancies were announced at Filton today.

    And how many actual jobs are there in “pervasive media” (whatever it is) in Bristol and how many can realistically be created?

    For instance what opportunities exist in “pervasive media” now for the huge number of public sector workers Junket Jan is gonna fire to balance the council’s books?

  • dreamingspire  On July 20, 2010 at 8:06 am

    I thought that ‘City-Region’ status is a legal status such as has been granted to Greater Manchester and a large part of Yorkshire centred on Leeds, but not yet to Greater Bristol. Or am I behind the times?
    One characteristic of those 2 City-Regions is that they have an ITA and associated delivery organisation the PTE – but doing that is not yet agreed across the 4 UAs of Greater Bristol.

  • the bristol blogger  On July 22, 2010 at 12:48 pm

    it’s all hot air, spire.

    there’s no city region, no burgeoning pervasive media sector. just the usual suspects waffling to each other (at our expense).

  • PJ  On July 26, 2010 at 10:22 am

    Given your support of creative media, I though you might be interested in the current planning application for a metal scrap yard adjacent to Paintworks. I’m sure you will agree that this is one of the more interesting creative industry developments, so it would be good to have your support against this redevelopment that could undermine the attractiveness of this excellent redevelopment.

    Other development opportunities such as this and the former Tansard Factory on Bath road, (Opposite Arnos Court Park near HTV) which is currently proposed for allocation for housing are also valauble opportunities for creative industiries that the Council seems to be missing. Both great opportunties for Brislington I’m sure you’ll agree

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