I’ve been involved in a lot of partnership meetings this week, working with local and national bodies to share experiences, learn from them and work together to everyone’s benefit.
On Thursday I took part in a round-table discussion with Jesse Norman, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, as well as local leaders and...[read more]
Friday, 28 October 2016
At our Cabinet meeting on Wednesday we discussed the West of England Joint Spatial Plan and Joint Transport Study, and agreed to go out to further consultation with local residents. We are working with our West of England neighbouring authorities to respond to the needs of our growing population; increasing demands for homes and jobs, and seeking to address the issue of affordability for...[read more]
Friday, 21 October 2016
On Monday I attended Saltford Business Network Seminar to talk about the West of England Devolution proposals and how they could impact on local businesses. There was a good turnout and a lot of interesting debate.
Sajid Javid, the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, visited Bath and Bristol yesterday. I met with him, along with the Mayor of Bristol and Leader of...[read more]
Friday, 14 October 2016
Last week I attended the Bath Business Awards. It was an excellent evening and good to see so many businesses, large and small, succeeding in our area. The Council sponsored the Best Place to Work Category which encourages local businesses to demonstrate how they actively promote staff health and wellbeing and provide good quality jobs. Congratulations to the winner, Buro Happold, a company...[read more]
Thursday, 29 September 2016
It was a pleasure to speak at a conference organised by the National Justice and Peace Network in Bath last Saturday. I was asked to talk about our experiences in welcoming Syrian refugees to our area, particularly partnership working with local groups, Bath Welcomes Refugees and Family Matters. I’ve followed the progress of how we are welcoming and supporting Syrian refugees very...[read more]
Thursday, 22 September 2016