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 South Gloucestershire Council, as well as Stephen Robertson, Chair of the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and local business representatives from the West of England LEP Board to discuss in detail the opportunities the devolution deal offers and the current issues faced by the region, such as transport and housing challenges.
Earlier this week I met a number of Olympic and Paralympic Athletes based at the University of Bath, at a reception organised by our Chairman. It was a great event and I was honoured to be in such esteemed company. (PHOTO)
We had an interesting presentation about the Annual Director of Public Health Report at Health & Wellbeing Board on Wednesday. Bath and North East Somerset is, in many ways, a great place to live with a healthy population compared to other areas, and a wide range of services that support health and wellbeing. But equally we face challenges of many kinds, including lifestyle related illnesses such as diabetes and liver disease, an ageing population bringing a range of challenges including a rise in dementia, poor mental health in too many people of all ages including children, and wider problems of poverty, pollution and environmental change. The report contains many individual’s stories, and although it does contain a lot of important facts too, it is not stuffed with numbers and graphs – it’s well worth a look.
Bath Rugby played brilliantly against Sale last Friday – we’ve now won five out of six of our matches this season which is a great position to be in, especially given how many injuries we have.