The Private Sector

Business West, West England Strategic Partnership

Background of Organisation

Buisiness West is a private sector representative for the West of England. Bristol Chamber of Commerce and Initiative (BCCI) was merged with Business Link West in July 2003 to become Business West.

Organisational Objectives

Business West is the host and key sponsor of the West of England Strategic Partnership (WESP), the sub-regional body charged in the guiding the South West Regional Development Agency (SWRDA) on long-term investment . WESP includes the four Local Authorities of the former Avon County along with key agencies from government and organisations in the private sector.

Relevant Policies, Projects & Activities

Promoting a long-term vision for the West of England for which the Severn Estuary will provide an important component. Particularly involves strategic flood protection issues for Bristol and the River Avon and for capital regions of south Gloucestershire, Bristol and North Somerset.