Regional Bodies & Authorities

BIS (Department for Business, Innovation & Skills) challenge is to strengthen regional economies through sustainable improvements in the economic performance of all English regions and narrow the gap in growth rates between the six regions of the North, Midlands and South West and the three best performing regions (London, South East and East).

Government Office for the South West (GOSW) aims to make the South West a better place to live and work, now and in the future, to achieve sustainable growth and to develop safe and prosperous communities that meet the diverse needs of everyone who lives and works here.

Learning & Skills Council - responsible for planning and funding high-quality vocational education and training for everyone.
The South West LSC comprises five local offices which plan and fund post-16yrs education and training across Bath and North East Somerset, Bournemouth, Bristol, Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Gloucestershire, North Somerset, Poole,
Somerset, South Gloucestershire, Swindon and Wiltshire.

The Market and Coastal Towns Association (MCTA) is a new and independent organisation which supports the development of vibrant, healthy and sustainable market and coastal towns across the south west.

Objectives of SWUK are:
To ensure the South West has a clear voice in Europe, that its interests are heard and its potential explored; to relay information about developments on the European level of relevance and benefit to the region and to develop transnational links and opportunities for cooperation with other European regions

SWPE functions as an Employers’ forum informing and offering guidance and practical assistance to member organisations on employment-related issues.

The South West Regional Assembly is a partnership of councillors from all local authorities in the region and representatives of various sectors with a role in the region's economic, social and environmental well-being.


County Councils

Bath and North East Somerset Council

Cornwall County Council

Devon County Council

Dorset County Council

Gloucestershire County Council

Somerset County Council