In response to South West business needs and the opportunities and challenges in local, regional, national and international markets, the South West Business Council has identified a set of priorities which will also inform its policies over the next twelve months. These priorities reflect the world-leading research and innovation of the South West, including aerospace, microelectronics, energy generation, environmental and digital technologies.
Our three strategic priorities are:
The reliability, cost and quality of local, regional and national infrastructure plays a vital role in promoting and sustaining economic growth and prosperity, and significantly impacts on productivity levels of course. Businesses make investment decisions based on rail, road, air and digital connectivity.
Education & Skills
Ensuring that the correct skills are in place, both within our existing and future work force, is also vital to the economy of the South West. We recognise the great work done by existing skills groups across the region and work in harmony with them to support this agenda so that all businesses in the region can access the skills they require.
Enterprise & Innovation
The promotion of enterprise and innovation is crucial to engender a positive and aspirational culture, vital ingredients for the region’s success.
Special Interest Group – Infrastructure
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Meet the team…
SIG Group Director
A Chartered Engineer, Tony was educated at the University of Sheffield, graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Metallurgy.
In addition to his SWBC directorship, he is Director Europe, Aamsel Impex Pvt. Ltd. (India); Plymouth Area Business Council; Trustee, University of Plymouth Students’ Union; Trustee, Literature Works; Advisor, Cornwall College Saltash; Proprietor, San Antonio Associates; Director, Saltash Gateway Community Interest Company; and a Member of the United Kingdom India Business Council (UKIBC).
His interests are 3 D manufacturing, reshoring, vocational education, UK/India bilateral trade development, Graphene and carbon fibre, Russia, and Turkey.
Chair, Education and Skills
Katharine helps businesses with high growth potential in Devon & Cornwall connect with the best business coaches through GrowthAccelerator to ensure the businesses achieve their potential.
Organisation: GrowthAccelerator, Oxford Innovation
Phil is a long-standing Chamber Executive member, having previously held the post of President in 2002/3 & 2010/1. He was also Chairman of North Devon Chamber of Commerce & Industry from 2003 – 2007.
Organisation: Lobbying, Representation, Vice President Barnstaple & District Chamber of Commerce Ltd
Chair, Enterprise and Innovation
Conservationist focussing on the creation on sustainable conservation projects around the world and the promotion of highly ethical products.
After a recent tour of America with the U.S. State Department, Adam is setting his sights on global change for a better future.
Organisation: The Science Assembly