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

Led by Advisory Board members Philip Byers and Paul Sander this SIG provides…

Meet the team… 


Phil Byers

Phil Byers

Chair, Infrastructure

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.

Phil's biography

Phil has been particularly involved in promoting ‘Partnership working’ for the benefit of the local business community, representing the Chamber widely across the South West on strategic business groups. He is a Director of project management and design company, Project (SW) Ltd.

Organisation: Lobbying, Representation, Vice President Barnstaple & District Chamber of Commerce Ltd