South West Aims to Become the ‘Greatest & Cleanest’ Region in the UK
The Great South West APPG – a government backed partnership involving Members of Parliament, local authorities and Local Enterprise Partnerships (APPG is an acronym of All Party Parliamentary Group) – is the newly launched economic powerhouse promoting the Cornwall, Isles of Scilly, Devon, Somerset and Dorset region. It aims to promote the region’s blue and green assets and to become a major contributor to the UK economy. It has secured £1.5m from the government to enable it to begin its work and is expected to attract significant inward investment to take full advantage of the region’s huge capital opportunity. For more details on this subject read the news bulletin below which was issued by Insider Media today.
Roger Mundy, Managing Director, Beardsley Theobalds, 12th January 2023
DETAILS REVEALED ON GREAT SOUTH WEST PROPOSALS
The ambitions for the Great South West – the new economic powerhouse promoting the Cornwall, Isles of Scilly, Devon, Somerset and Dorset region – have been announced at a Parliamentary Reception at the House of Lords.
The Great South West Partnership has launched its vision to become the "greenest and cleanest" region in the UK.
It aims to promote the region's blue and green assets, with its marine, energy, environmental, technological and agricultural strengths considered to "present an opportunity" to be a major contributor to the UK economy.
Its Prospectus – developed in partnership with the region's Members of Parliament, local authorities and Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) – outlines the Great South West's huge natural capital opportunity, and vision to become the country's cleanest region.
Simon Jupp, chair of the Great South West APPG and MP for East Devon, said: "The greatest region in Britain now has a united vision and voice to help us reach our potential.
"The launch of the Great South West Partnership in the corridors of power in Westminster brought the region together to demonstrate the passion, drive, and determination we need to deliver for where we live.
"Now we're backed by Government, we must grasp the exciting opportunities ahead to deliver a bright future for Devon, Cornwall, Dorset, Somerset, and the Isles of Scilly."
Karl Tucker, interim chair of the Great South West Partnership, added: "Together, we have the potential to become a world leader in the blue and green aspects of our economy, strengthening our region's clean growth and contributing to the country's journey to Net Zero.
"This is a key moment in the journey of the South West, which is why we are delighted to set out the breadth and scale of our region's blue and green opportunity in Parliament, as part of our work to gain further Government support."
The launch highlighted Great South West's initial successes, including securing £1.5m from the Government to begin its work, and its vision to build on the region's blue and green strengths and develop a prosperous and clean economy.