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03 Mar 2021

Mayoral & Vision

Western Gateway receives increased Government funding

Boost for regional partnership's development work

The Western Gateway Partnership has received £800,000 in funding for the 2021/22 financial year.

The funding, from Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, will allow the Partnership to increase its activities such as engaging with businesses, building a robust evidence base and developing and delivering proposals for Western Gateway projects.

The letter also calls for agreement of milestones and a delivery plan for this funding. 

Officially launched in November 2019, the funding is double what the partnership received in the 2020/21 financial year.

Katherine Bennett CBE, Chair of the Western Gateway said: “I am really pleased that the Western Gateway has been recognised with increased Government funding to drive forward jobs, skills and opportunities for people in western England and South Wales.

"It is testament to the hard work and collaboration from our partners and will allow us to increase our activities, setting the scene for a post-Covid future, bringing together businesses, universities and the public sector and operate at the scale required to deliver a greener and cleaner future.”

Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol, said: ““Bristol has been a driving force in the set-up, development and success of the Western Gateway. We are committed to the opportunities that collaboration between the west of England and south Wales can deliver for our people and communities and this increased funding is testament to that.

“Our collective aim is to secure inclusive economic growth and prosperity for Bristol and the entire partnership area. By working with partners on both sides of the Severn we will ensure that investment and jobs are brought to our city.”