The Economy and Skills Board

The One City Economy and Skills Board held its first meeting on 17 September 2019 where members agreed the Board Terms of Reference.

Economy and Skills Board minutes:

During the COVID-19 crisis the Economy and Skills Board has been meeting on a weekly basis to provide a regular touch point for discussions around sector specific challenges and how we can begin to think about recovery for Bristol. Below are the minutes from these weekly Economy and Skills Board calls:

At the meeting on 7 July 2020 the Economy and Skills board decided to reduce the regularity of its meetings to every three weeks.

Two workshops replaced two of the May economy board meetings to bring together key city stakeholders for discussions about how we as a city plan to approach recovery – a summary of both of these is included here.

The content from these meetings and other stakeholder discussions with our One City Thematic Boards, SDG Alliance and Bristol Advisory Committee on Climate Change has been used to form our One City Economic Renewal Statement of Intent. This statement of intent is not the recovery plan for the city. It is not an in depth strategy for our recovery but instead it is a recognition of how we as a city want to rebuild after the COVID-19 crisis and what our priorities are for recovery. To read the full statement of intent:

Download the One City Economic Renewal Statement of Intent

Following the development of the Statement of Intent, more than 300 City partners were been engaged with to contribute to the One City Economic Recovery and Renewal Strategy. The strategy is built around three pillars; People and labour markets, Business and Investment and Bristol’s Places. Each pillar identifies priorities for response and recovery. For more information on the priorities established in the strategy and a detailed analysis of the evidence and context for each pillar see the strategy in long or short form below:

Download the Economic Recovery and Renewal Strategy – full
Download the Economic Recovery and Renewal Strategy – short


Name Business or Organisation
Cllr Craig Cheney (co-chair) Deputy Mayor of Bristol
James Durie (co-chair) Chief Executive, Bristol & West of England Initiative
Alice Peacock Managing Director at Alastair Currie Events; President of the Bristol Junior Chamber
Ameeta Virk Market Specialist, Department for International Trade
Andy Street Director of SLR Consulting Limited; Chair of City Funds
Anna Brown Chief Executive, Talking Money
Barra Macruairi University of Bristol
Ben Shorrock Managing Director, Techspark
Ben Wright Director, Bristol 24/7
Deborah Fraser Director – Regions, CBI
Fiona Francombe Studios Director, The Bottle Yard Studios
John Chaplin Director, The Bristol Port Company; Chair of SevernNet
John Hirst CEO, Destination Bristol
Marti Burgess Partner, Bevan Brittan LLP; Chair, Bristol @ Night Board
Mike Jackson Executive Director of Resources and Head of Paid Service, Bristol City Council
Nick Lee Bristol Law Society
Nick Sturge IoD National Council Member
Nigel Costley Regional Secretary, TUC
Paul Baker Director, JLL; President, Bristol Property Agents Association
Sado Jirde Director, Black South West Network
Sam Holliday Development Manager, FSB
Sue Cohen University of Bristol, Bristol Women’s Commission – Economic Working Group
Will Brown Chief Executive, Gloucestershire County Cricket Club
Dr Zara Nanu CEO, Gapsquare