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Leading the way in FinTech and LegalTech


The West of England is featured in the top 10 in the Government’s FinTech Strategic Review, which highlights the increasing number of leading FinTech companies in our region and the great potential for businesses in financial technology to grow. It makes a number of significant recommendations around five themes including regional connectivity, skills, investment and scaling up, all of which are of major importance to the future of the sector in our region.

Meanwhile, the impact of technology driving innovation in the West of England’s legal sector is the focus of a
new report which analyses our region’s strengths in LegalTech and innovation and sets out recommendations for growing the sector. LegalTech is the use of technology and software to provide and aid legal services. This offers huge opportunities for legal firms to adapt and become more efficient in how they work and provide services.
 
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Leave the car at home on the school run
 

As schools begin to fully reopen after lockdown, we're encouraging parents and carers across the West of England to find 'joy in the journey’ by leaving the car at home on the school run and walking, cycling or scooting.

Many families have been enjoying walking, running, scooting and cycling as part of their daily exercise during lockdown. As more pupils return to school there’s an opportunity to keep this going to help reduce congestion and improve air quality for a greener West of England.

We've developed the ‘Joy in the Journey’ campaign as part of our plans to transform travel in the region and offer alternatives to the car.


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Share our vision for UK's largest regeneration project
 

A new vision for the future of Temple Quarter and St Philip’s Marsh, with sustainable homes, jobs, and a refurbished Bristol Temple Meads station at its heart, has been published.

Developed with our partners at Bristol City Council, Network Rail and Homes England, it sets out our combined aspirations and objectives for future development of the area.

The transformation of the area is one of the UK’s largest regeneration projects. The revival of 130 hectares of brownfield land over the next 25 years is expected to create up to 10,000 new homes, 22,000 jobs and bring £1.6 billion to the city economy each year.

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Businesses come together to support recovery plans


Businesses across the West of England have come together to support the West of England Combined Authority’s recovery plans.

As part of International Women’s Day this week, four women supporting the West of England recovery plans have talked about the importance of the work underway to ensure the region recovers, cleaner, greener and more resilient. 

 
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Our commitment to the Real Living Wage


We’re proud to have been accredited as a Living Wage Employer.

This means that everyone working at WECA receives a minimum hourly wage of £9.50 – significantly higher than the government minimum for over 25s, currently £8.72 per hour. It also means that anyone who provides services to, or has contracts with us, must pay the Living Wage, setting the bar for good employer practices in the region. This includes those who provide services to WECA, such cleaning and facilities management contracts, as well as those who have contracts with the combined authority – such as ICT providers.

Through leading by example, we aim to encourage other employers across our region to show the same commitment to paying the Living Wage to their staff too.

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Helping people with learning difficulties access jobs

People with learning difficulties or disabilities in the West of England will benefit from a new programme to help them secure paid employment.

WE WORK for Everyone will offer specialist careers guidance to over 2,000 people with complex learning needs. Supporting disadvantaged groups into employment and strengthening inclusion are key priorities for our Regional Recovery Plan. This scheme adds to the package of measures to support the West of England’s economic recovery and make sure our residents have the skills and advice they need.

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Can you help tackle digital poverty?


We’re calling on businesses in the West of England to support community groups, schools and charities in need of laptops and other IT equipment.
 
Covid-19 and the move to working online is challenging for many communities across the West of England and the National Business Response Network was set up by Business in the Community to match business resources to community needs. We’ve joined forces with the National Business Response Network. Find out how you can help too

 
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Share to Support fund to create apprenticeship opportunities


We’ve launched a new scheme to support apprenticeships across the region, in partnership with the Western Training Provider Network.
 
The Share to Support fund will aid the recovery of smaller businesses in the region through skills support. Between approximately £4m-£8m of investment in training each year is lost to the West of England and returned to the Treasury. Apprenticeship Levy funds paid by employers expire after two years if not used. With over 45,000 businesses in the region, the campaign is calling for large employers across the West of England to pledge their unspent apprenticeship levy to support the recovery of small businesses and growth of the region. Several large employers have already pledged to the fund.
 
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Residents share priorities for future West of England housing


Quality homes, at a price local people can afford, nature and green spaces, sustainable transport and addressing the climate emergency have all been highlighted as top priorities in responses to a West of England Combined Authority survey.
 
The Future of the Region survey asked nine questions about the priorities for the region’s emerging Spatial Development Strategy (SDS) and included a range of important social, environmental and economic issues. It highlighted opportunities for the SDS to contribute to its overarching objective of clean, inclusive recovery and growth for the region. In general, the survey results demonstrated high levels of support across the emerging priorities and principles of the SDS.
 
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Upcoming events
  • Widening Participation in Apprenticeships - SEN - 25 March - 9am - sign up here
  • Migrant Entrepreneurship in the Digital Age- 25 March - 1:30pm - sign up here
  • Degree Apprenticeships in the South West - 15 April - 9am - sign up here
Mayor's blog
In this week's blog, Mayor Tim Bowles looks back at his time as Regional Mayor. 

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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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West of England Combined Authority, 3 Rivergate, Temple Way, Bristol BS1 6ER

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