This week I took part in a conference organised by the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership where we heard from Jessie Norman MP, the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. I was part of a panel where we discussed our three main priorities for the West of England. This proved to be a very interesting discussion in which I sited infrastructure, affordable housing and jobs as the Council’s key priorities.
I met with Bath Independent Traders as part of our quarterly meetings where we discuss the concerns of local businesses. On the agenda this week was business rates and what we can do to assist and promote independent businesses, which are part of the unique experience of visiting Bath.
The annual Federation of Bath Residents Association (FOBRA) reception took place in the Victoria Art Gallery with a chance to meet local residents. Other dignitaries and members of the Cabinet were also invited to attend. It’s always good to hear from local people about their concerns and thoughts for the future of the city.
I have been talking to the Bath Business Improvement District (BID) about the city and some of the safety and regeneration issues. We are so fortunate to live in such a thriving area and it is important we continue to ensure we explore all opportunities to keep residents safe and businesses prosperous.
I was delighted with the result for Bath Rugby when they took on Bristol at Ashton Gate in the European Challenge Cup last weekend. I was the guest of the Bristol directors and really enjoyed watching Bath’s 57 22 victory.