The University of Exeter is committed to working closely with our local and regional partners – to help drive growth, to create opportunities for our students and to play our full part in our growing innovation ecosystem.
It was our experiences at the SWBC’s excellent networking opportunities that led us to sponsor the 2022 Annual Dinner. Our relationship with the SWBC has always been a positive one and we hope to carry on our work in collaboration with Paul and the team for many years to come.
The South West Business Council have provided absolutely tremendous support with procuring planning permission for the Ashburton quarry project.
Our membership with the South West Business Council has felt more like a partnership thanks to their ongoing support. Tim Jones and his network were essential in identifying and communicating further benefits of the quarry extension to encourage support for the project.
The independent viewpoint of the review, drawn together from such a credible voice as the South West Business Council, clearly communicated the importance of the project and helped us progress with our plans. The South West Business Council’s contribution to our success in this project going forward holds significant weight.
The first thing that the South West Business Council brings us is a huge amount of credibility; people instantly recognise that we are a genuine and trusted organisation when they learn about our affiliation.
Secondly, their knowledge and expertise is unrivalled. We trust implicitly that they understand their business community and the advice and insight they give us is genuinely consulted, considered and meaningful.
Finally, their connections and network is amazing, and has opened a number of doors for us; helping us grow, expand and learn. As an organisation, they are not about making money or providing an impersonal service. It’s clear to us that they share our ambition to do the right thing for the region, help others and make a positive impact.
It’s a pleasure working alongside Paul and the SWBC team and we look forward to seeing where our partnership takes us in the coming months.
It was fantastic to engage with South West Business Council to discuss Kickstart and the importance for young people in our community. The SWBC has a valuable, well-connected, network that is clearly committed to increasing outcomes for both businesses and citizens. It was a pleasure to be involved.
Womble Bond Dickinson has had a longstanding relationship with Tim Jones and the team at South West Business Council. As a business we span eight locations across the UK, focussing on providing high-quality legal capability and outstanding personal service to a wide range of regional, national and international clients. Our membership with SWBC enables us to gain insight and influence strategic direction in regional matters, and also explore opportunities for us to collaborate on client-facing initiatives and challenges. SWBC’s excellent networking opportunities have meant meeting some really key individuals and organisations, as well as introductions that have enabled us to work on joint assignments. I look forward to seeing what else we can do together.
SWR is pleased to have been a member of SWBC for several years since the start of our franchise in 2017 and alongside our sister company, GWR. We value our membership in several ways – the influence and connections that SWBC has within the wide geographic coverage of the region with both business and local government is key to joining the strategic dots together which in turn helps to influence central Government at a time of high competition for funding. SWBC is also a key gateway to SWR working more closely with local businesses and tourism organisations to support greater usage of rail which in turn drives many economic, social and environmental benefits across the region.
SWBC brings together representatives from a wide range of companies and organisations to give everyone an important opportunity to network and learn from other people’s experience. In addition we all require efficient and modern infrastructure including road, rail, air and sea as well as broadband in order for business to expand and thrive in the future. It is very reassuring to know that SWBC spends a great deal of time ensuring that this critical issue is given real focus and lobbying on our behalf.
As the gas distribution network serving the south west of England, we are delighted to be members of SWBC as this offers us opportunities to connect with so many of our customers and stakeholders in the area.
We appreciate being able to meet with a range of businesses and other organisations through our membership, and to explain who we are and about the services we supply to the south west.
Engaging with the South West Business Council over the years has been brilliant for us, not just for our digital agency but also for our network: Digital Plymouth.
Our SWBC membership has afforded us the ability to engage with a vast network of businesses from across the South West, of all shapes and sizes, while also keeping us up-to-date with important stories from the region.
The DBI work with many black, asian, and minority ethnic individuals, helping them to overcome the stumbling blocks of financial and discriminatory circumstances. We encourage entrepreneurs to rise to the challenge by promoting diversity through their work and celebrating how this can catalyse innovation and creativity.
As part of the SWBC board, I am proud to work in collaboration with the South West Business Council, who champion our mission and help us make a difference to the BAME community. Through our membership, we have gained valuable contacts within the business community which enables us to expand the reach of our support.
The support from South West Business Council has been crucial in making our move to the Skypark as smooth as possible. From assisting with proposals and negotiations, to helping with the move itself, the council were there to support us at every stage of the process, really demonstrating the value of our Gold membership with them.
We are looking forward to continuing to grow our business and develop our innovative green fuel technology at the new facilities.
The ongoing support we have received as a member of the South West Business Council has been imperative during the pandemic. We have been able to connect with other like-minded businesses to discover best practises for managing the crisis, and bounce ideas off of other business leaders, helping us to provide the clearest guidance and logistics for our 300+ employees.
As the only dedicated public affairs and government relations consultancy in the far South West, Rowan Public Affairs is proud to be a member of the SWBC. We were delighted to assist with the organisation and hosting of the fascinating SWBC conference on international trade last year, which revealed the potential for global trade that exists among businesses in the South West.
We gain great value through the networking opportunities offered by SWBC membership and also being part of a body which is so well connected with the wider business, social and economic factors that affect companies operating in the South West.
The SWBC offers a ‘connected’ voice for business which has reach far outside the region and this can only be good when it comes to putting the South West on the wider business agenda in the UK and elsewhere.
SWBC were a big part of the business network and cross political party lobbying that helped secure the future of Barden in late 2019 when closure was planned. But it is since then that I have seen the real benefit of SWBC membership, firstly helping me personally in my new role as MD, and also opening doors to future financing for our business growth. They are always there to pick up the phone, offer advice and support in any way they can, a great contact to have in both good and hard times. I would recommend membership to all, especially if you are new to the area, role and growing.
The College is a long-standing member of the South West Business Council who we have always considered as one of the most effective networks of businesses. They have supported the College over the years, providing vital strategic advice and valuable guidance to ensure our vision, strategies and curriculum design are relevant for the needs of our regional business community. The SWBC team have been instrumental in providing valuable insight helping us to secure valuable support regionally and nationally for some of our key projects over the last decade.
SWBC provide a chance for us to mix with representatives from across the region and engage over common interests but equally it is a chance for us to understand different perspectives from across the patch. The relationships and networks have been very helpful in the development of our business.
As some of the SWBC members are themselves our clients and suppliers the meetings and networking opportunities provide us with a good chance to maintain and develop our relationships with them. The chance to regularly engage with our MPs and the wider political process is key.