An introduction to Great South West

The South West of England is a great place.  It is poised for a step change in prospertiy and productivity.  When the productivity in the South West of England matches that currently in the South East we will add over £18bn a year to the UK's economy.  That's enough to build a new NHS hospital every week.

Our economy is already bigger than that of Manchester and more than two and a half times that of Birmingham - with the single largest infrastructure project in Europe already underway (generating billions of pounds of business opportunities) and the best natural capital in the country (attracting more visitors than anywhere else outside London).

The pubication of the SW Growth Charter in 2016 started our journey to promote our great region and we welcome the continuing support of stakeholders across the region to help in shaping our opportunities and building the momentum.

Our strategy for greater prosperity is to collaborate to promote 

  • a self-sustaining and resillient South West...
  • with innovation, enterprise and infrastructure... 
  • with productive people and rewarding careers...
  • utilising our natural  and entreprenurial capital...
  • and sharing the benefits for all

We are focused towards having a clear and consistent strategy in time for the Autumn Statement.

What does that mean in practice?

  • Great South West looks to build on existing good practice and collaborative working such as the science and innovation audit

  • By working together as a region will ensure that the South West has a strong voice to highlight investment opportunities to national and international private and public investors; as well as projecting a positive and progressive image for all

  • It will help to support the economic growth and prosperity of the whole region by linking up programmes and ensuring that the asks and priorities are consistent and reflect the strengths of the region

  • The Great Southwest does not intend to impede individuals or groups from their own initiatives or joining with others. We will not be a bureaucracy; but look to support and add value where it can

  • It aims to support a flourishing private sector and a highly skilled population able to make the most of the great opportunities that the South West has to offer

Note: The name Great South West is a working title at present and may alter as the intiative gains momentum in order to be appropriate and resonate with all parties. This is not a brand used by the West of England LEP for their local authority areas.