Elections took place today for new Mayoral Combined Authorities in six areas across England, these Mayors will have powers over economic development, strategic planning and transport and infrastructure investment.
Commenting on the election of Tim Bowles as the new Mayor for the West of England Combined Authority, Stephen Tulip, South West Regional Manager at EEF, said: “Congratulations to our new West of England Metro Mayor, Tim Bowles. On behalf of manufacturers across the region, EEF looks forward to working with you to make decisive and lasting improvements on the issues most important to manufacturers, such as local infrastructure and skills. By creating the conditions necessary for businesses to flourish, our new Metro Mayor can ensure economic stability and prosperity for the West of England and increase the region’s reputation as a home for British manufacturing.”
Commenting on the new Mayors across England, Chris Richards, Head of Business Environment Policy at EEF, said: "The election of new mayors to match the real economic geographies in England is historic and will provide a significant boost in the mission to make sure all parts of England are geared up for growth. The General election purdah period will see these new Mayors getting off to a quiet start, but this shouldn't dampen the ambition and opportunity to begin immediate engagement with businesses on how to strengthen growth in their areas. Local businesses will be the ones who will pay the taxes, create the jobs and provie the economic growth that will deliver the ultimate outcomes of each Mayor's ambition – higher living standards and productivity.”
For more on EEF’s work on devolution and local government in England visit www.eef.org.uk/devolution.