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.

Mark Peck

Group Director South West, Department for Work and Pensions

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.

Craig Moore

Partner, Womble Bond Dickinson

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.

Andrew Ardley

Regional Development Manager, South Western Railway

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.

James Staughton

Chief Executive, St Austell Brewery

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.

Steven Edwards

Director of Regulation & Commercial, Wales & West Utilities

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.

Craig Carey-Clinch

Managing Director, Rowan Public Affairs

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.

Damian Dunne

Managing Director, Barden Corporation (UK) Ltd

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.

Laurence Frewin

Principle & CEO, South Devon College

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.

Dave Underwood

Former Deputy Director HPC, MET Office

BT has a long-standing relationship with South West Business Council and is pleased to be a member of their Board. BT has made a huge investment in rolling out fibre broadband in the South-West and is a major employer here. Being able to explain our role through SWBC is important, as is being able to connect and network with key businesses across the South-West.

Paul Coles

BT South West Regional Partnerships Director, BT

South West Business Council has offered a unique opportunity for Bristol, Gloucestershire, Somerset and Wiltshire Community Rehabilitation Company (BGSW CRC) and Dorset, Devon and Cornwall Community Rehabilitation Company (DDC CRC)  to engage with a vibrant and developing business community.  To link business development into social markets allowing the private sector to work with hard to reach service user groups in an unprecedented way and enabling new ways of working so as to meet economic development and social reforms.  Putting it simply it brings the community into business and businesses back into their local communities.  A real opportunity for all.

Simon Perkins

Business Development and Partnerships Manager – South West , BGSW CRC and DDC CRC