Turned & Townsend sponsorship partner at West of England region’s largest business conference

Michael Henson

Associate Director Local Government


On the 8th November, prominent business and public-sector leaders came together at the Bristol West of England Economic Growth Conference - the region’s largest business conference of the year.

The conference, hosted by Built Environment Networking saw some of the region’s biggest names in business, politics and local government lead a regional economic debate including discussions on transport, housing, skills to maximise opportunities in the West of England.

Speakers included West of England’s Regional Mayor Tim Bowles, the Chief Executive Officer of West of England Combined Authority Patricia Greer, James Freeman the Managing Director of First Bus, Bristol South MP Karin Smyth, Sir Peter Hendy the Chair of Network Rail and Mayor Marvin Rees of Bristol City Council.

The day-long event provided a unique opportunity for delegates to hear about the collaborative approach to economic growth from the public and private sectors.

Bill McElroy Managing Director, Advisory Turner & Townsend chaired the Economic Growth session covering the topics-

  • How can we increase economic growth in the West of England; what can be done at a local level?
  • How do we support businesses, attract investment and employment opportunities and remove barriers to creativity and innovation?
  • What does economic growth mean for the West of England; what does it look like and why does it need to happen?

Bill McElroy added:

City regions are looking to power up their economies through innovative use of public assets. Partnerships will help deliver the expertise they need to succeed.