North Somerset’s core sectors, including food and drink, professional services, logistics and sustainable technologies add significant economic value to the West of England region and beyond. The area’s businesses’ track record in research, technology and manufacturing capabilities provide strong foundations to drive growth across key sectors. Existing clusters are innovating in high value industries, with high-technology manufacturers making everything from aircraft parts to plasma screens and subsea control systems. Others benefit from the region’s rich farmland, with businesses like Yeo Valley and Thatchers producing award-winning and sustainable products.
To enhance the success of our business ecosystem, we need to enable the creation of industry-led networks and invest in the development of skills for jobs in emerging sectors. Our educational institutions are committed to prepare young people for success and are already working collaboratively with businesses to identify future skills gaps. Weston College has played a leading role in the creation of a new Institute of Technology (IoT), bringing together major institutions and advanced engineering and manufacturing businesses in the region. Setting learners on a path to high-skilled, high-wage careers in health and social care, advanced engineering and highvalue manufacturing, and the creative, digital and high-tech industry sectors.