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Regional Growth

A city at the heart of a growing region.

West of England Combined Authority  

Bristol is a key partner in the wider West of England Combined Authority, contributing significantly to its economy which is built on strong foundations with innovative and creative businesses and a highly skilled population. The economy is worth over £40bn a year. With a population of over 1.1 million people, one of the highest levels of graduates in the UK and over 46,000 businesses, the West of England competes on a global scale. It’s a region where highly-skilled people work, where ideas flourish, and where businesses grow. It’s also a place that a diverse population of people call home. 

Invest Bristol and Bath  

Invest Bristol & Bath is the inward investment arm of the West of England Combined Authority, working to create innovation and strategically drive the formation of business clusters and ecosystems of world-leading businesses, SMEs and start-ups. 

By working closely across unitary authorities, the Invest Bristol & Bath team offers tailored support to companies interested in relocating and growing here. The support packages include: 

  • Local knowledge, expertise and advice from our sector specialists 
  • Hosting regional visits and briefings 
  • Introductions to companies, R&D assets and trade associations 
  • Property and development site solutions 
  • Recruitment, apprenticeship and training support 
  • Access to business support 

Western Gateway 

The Western Gateway is a cross-border economic partnership of local authorities, city regions, local enterprise partnerships and governments (in Wales and Westminster), working together to boost the area’s existing strategies and structures. 

Covering the core cities of Bristol and Cardiff, the Western Gateway stretches across south Wales and western England, from Swindon to Swansea, and Wiltshire to Weston-super-Mare. The focus is inclusive and clean economic growth, where scale and collaboration can achieve more for people and the economies of our countries than could be achieve alone. 

We are a collaborative city and work alongside central, regional, and local government and partners to provide more opportunities for business and our citizens.