Recent visits by the prime minister and the chancellor demonstrate the government's desire to back success in this region. Most of all though, the conurbation has identified itself as "special": as the only core city in the UK to have recently voted "yes" to a directly elected mayor, Bristol looks to provide "the control" against which we measure the success of those cities who turned their back on this idea.
It is in this context that UKR will be holding our West of England launch event, hosted by my old mates DAC Beachcroft LLP and Jones Lang LaSalle, in Bristol, on Thursday. We'll be discussing new models for regeneration, including those pioneered by UKR, with guests from local authorities, the LEP, house builders, developers, local businesses, universities and banks. I will be making my first public announcement since I stood on the Jones Lang LaSalle stand with Dr Gould and Barclays and Nottingham City Council and said I intended to "change the game" (rather a bold claim, even for a brassy baggage such as myself). Was I telling the truth?
Well, I shall be sharing the latest developments with a hundred or so of my closest friends in an intimate setting on Thursday evening; followed, of course, by a glass of Ribena. There are a few places left but you will need to hurry. If you would like to attend please contact the divine Sophie Kavanagh at SKavanagh@dacbeachcroft.com. Quickly now.