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Support for businesses and employees at risk of redundancy

The West of England Recovery Taskforce has backed plans for co-ordinated support for businesses and employees at risk of redundancy due to Covid-19. The support is co-ordinated through the new Redundancy Response Group that brings together local councils, government departments, employers, unions and education and training providers.

Through the West of England Growth Hub businesses can access free information and guidance on managing workforce pressures to avoid or minimise redundancies. Advice is also provided to support employees through the redundancy process and help people to secure alternative employment or training.


Call for passengers to wear face coverings


West of England transport and business leaders have put out a united call for people to comply with Government regulations on wearing a face covering when travelling by bus to help get the region moving again safely, as the lockdown eases and many industry sectors open up for business again.

The move comes as bus operator First West of England has announced an increase in the capacity on its buses to almost 50%, following the Government’s reduction of social distancing restrictions.


New support offers financial resilience for small businesses

Small businesses in the West of England will get free help to manage their finances in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.


The new accountancy support programme, delivered by WECA in partnership with the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW), will provide small businesses with a financial check-up, as well as bespoke advice and guidance on effective financial management.


Helping to tackle the climate emergency
The West of England Combined Authority has pledged to ensure that clean growth is an integral part of the region’s recovery from the Coronavirus pandemic.
The climate emergency is at the heart of everything WECA does – including our plans for economic growth and recovery following the Covid-19 outbreak. Our recovery taskforce has a low carbon business group providing advice on green growth that benefits every resident.


Latest biomethane buses help First Bus with zero emissions target

As part of its ongoing commitment to improving air quality and tackling the Climate Emergency, First West of England has unveiled its latest biomethane powered gas buses which form part of an overall £28 million investment across the region.

It means that since the start of January, First West of England has introduced 77 biomethane powered gas buses on routes across Bristol and the West of England region, which cut greenhouse gases by 85%.


Gearing up for e-scooter trials

Plans to trial e-scooters in the region are moving forward as part of the West of England Combined Authority’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The West of England is one of only four Future Transport Zones in the country, set up to trial new transport technologies. The trial of e-scooters is one of the first projects underway that has been fast tracked following the coronavirus outbreak. 


Innovation key to economic recovery

The Digital Engineering Technology & Innovation (DETI) initiative in the West of England has launched and will play an important role in driving innovation and digitally enabled recovery following the Coronavirus outbreak.

DETI is a research, innovation and skills initiative to develop and accelerate digital engineering across multiple sectors for future generations of engineers and engineering products. It is receiving £5m from the West of England Combined Authority (WECA) and is expected to deliver at least £62m of added research and development value over 5 years.


Economic briefing

We’re tracking the impact of the pandemic on our region’s economy, building up the picture over time, drawing on what businesses are telling us, and the economic indicators available.

We’re putting together fortnightly briefings intended to deepen our understanding of the challenges faced by businesses across the region’s industries, and where there might be gaps in support coming from government.

You can find the latest briefing here.

Mayor's Blog  

In his latest blog, Mayor Tim Bowles talks about keeping safe on public transport.

The West of England Combined Authority (WECA) covers
Bath & North East Somerset, Bristol and South Gloucestershire.
WECA also supports the Local Enterprise Partnership and
Joint Committee, which includes North Somerset.

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