Regional co-operation grows in South West

April 10, 2017 by  

Business leaders in south west England are co-operating to set up a forum for growth.

The new regional work on growth builds on efforts which were made last year. Representatives of different economic sectors came together to produce a strategic document. The South West Growth Charter (SWGC) has been presented to central government. Future collaborative policy may involve more Devon firms and increase the demand for stationery printing within Exeter.

The Pennon Group is currently taking things forward with Local Enterprise Partnerships. Chris Loughlin, the chief executive at the Pennon Group, stated:

“The campaign has already achieved so much but it’s important that we keep up the momentum and continue to work together as a business community, alongside the Local Enterprise Partnerships, the region’s MPs, government and academics to pursue regional growth and secure a great future for the South West.”

The campaign’s next phase looks likely to include more effort from a wide range of organisations. For example, the University of Exeter is stepping up to the plate. One idea is that the pooling of resources could be beneficial to those concerned. In addition, it is thought that a coherent regional voice will be heard properly in Whitehall.

The regional economy is undergoing a significant transformation. The growth of student accommodation reflects the positive influence of colleges and universities and the expansion of local tech firms is worthy of note.