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Peter Evans

Peter Evans: This is the start of something big in the South West. Let's seize the moment

Today is a big day for the South West. Not just for tech businesses or their employees or aspiring entrepreneurs dreaming of setting up the next Google somewhere in this beautiful part of the country. No, today is a big day for the whole region -- its economy, its people and its future. It feels like the start of something.

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South West tech sector to create 125,000 jobs and grow to nearly £20bn a year by 2026

A landmark report into the technology industry in the South West has revealed the vast opportunities for tech businesses and entrepreneurs across the region.

The South West of England’s tech sector is set to grow to almost £20bn gross value added (GVA) a year by 2026, creating more than 125,000 new jobs, according to a new study from Whitecap Consulting.

The research, by far...

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South West "closing economic gap" on London, EY report finds

The South West has been named as one of only two regions in England that will narrow the economic gap on London by 2025.

While the pandemic has helped to narrow the UK’s regional economic divide, the gap between London and the rest of the country is set to grow again during the recovery in all regions except the South West and East Midlands, according to a new report by the...

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From Silence to Noise - the Path to Action in Sustainable Finance

Armen Papazian is a financial economist and the CEO of analytics platform Value XD . This post is an excerpt from his upcoming book due to be published by Palgrave Macmillan in the near future.

Beyond buzz words and broadly titled global targets and initiatives, the fact is, we are still thinking and crystallising the principles, equations, methodologies, data points, and...

Prime Minister urged to fulfil promise to support South West

Campaigners have demanded Boris Johnson makes good on a promise from two years ago to support the economy in the South West.

In an open letter to the Prime Minister published on the front page of the Western Morning News, the Great South West campaign claims progress has been "minimal" since a meeting in 2019 when Johnson said he would "support and champion" the plans put forward by...

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South West tech firms driving economic recovery

A survey of more than 300 leaders of tech SMEs across the South West has revealed the extent of the sector's resilience through the pandemic and indicated the region 's technology businesses are in a strong position as the economy recovers.

The research, commissioned by Bristol-based Antidote Communications, in conjunction with TechSpark, saw 49% of surveyed tech business leaders...

Peter Evans

Peter Evans: How can this be levelling up if the South West is left behind?

Listen to Boris Johnson and you might think the South West was about to enter a golden era. As he set out the government’s priorities at the State Opening of Parliament in May, the prime minister promised to put “rocket boosters” under plans to level up the UK economy. The message, heavily briefed in the days leading up to the announcement, was crystal clear: As the Covid-19 recovery kicks in...