The business voice for a better future

The South West Business Council is the economic partnership for the South West of the UK, representing the interests of businesses across the region, nationally, and across the world.

The business voice for a better future

The South West Business Council is the economic partnership for the South West of the UK, representing the interests of businesses across the region, nationally, and across the world.

An introduction to SWBC

About SWBC

The South West Business Council is the economic partnership for the South West of the UK. We shine a spotlight on regional capabilities that are ahead of the field nationally and around the world, providing evidence of the South West’s differentiation in a global marketplace and providing a single voice that describes an open, innovative, dynamic and exciting region.

With a track record of over 18 years, we broker high-level connections between the private, public, and third sectors and lobby on regional issues of importance to the business community. Working at a strategic level, SWBC works hard to ensure that the best decisions are made to deliver sustainable economic prosperity for the South West; an economy of over £30 billion. Above all, we focus on delivering and enabling insight, innovation and impact for every business across the South West.

South West Business Council activities are supported by private sector membership. We focus on bringing new opportunities to life for our members by operating as an enabler, a catalyst and an honest broker and by sharing strategic insight and information. Make a difference, Join our network.

What we do

About us

Membership

Latest news

News from SWBC and its members

Exeter Airport Survey

Exeter Airport Survey

There is an opportunity for Exeter Airport to link with London, replacing the Flybe service to London City. The proposition is rather different from the previous service in that the new schedule will be for 3-4 flights on weekdays to Blackbushe Airport using an 18...

Success for Exeter College Medical and Oxbridge Applicants

Success for Exeter College Medical and Oxbridge Applicants

Students from Exeter College applying to study medical-based courses at university are celebrating as a massive 70% of applicants to these courses have been successful in securing offers on these highly sought-after courses.  Applications to study medical-related...

City College students are the happiest in Plymouth

City College students are the happiest in Plymouth

Higher education students at City College Plymouth are among the happiest in the UK, according to the latest National Student Survey. After a disruptive and unprecedented year, the College was pleased to hear that its university-level students had responded to the...

Events

The South West Business Council organise quarterly conferences, which link closely to our strategic priorities, and also an Annual Dinner in October.

Keynote speakers are often from outside the region, delivering insights from a national and sometimes international perspective

We also work with our members to promote their own respective events, occasionally collaborating on joint event initiatives.