#GreatThinking for the Great West
The GW4 Alliance is bringing together leading experts to debate and shape the future of the Great West.  We provide opinion on the latest policy developments and showcase the strengths and aspirations of our region.

If you are interested in writing for the series, please contact GW4 Communications Officer Hannah Scarbrough at h.scarbrough@gw4.ac.uk, who will provide more information.

CULTURAL INVESTMENT AND COLLABORATION IN THE SOUTH WEST

In the South West, we have sought to invest at scale in places such as Plymouth  and Southampton, levered by sustained investment from local authorities and robust higher education partnerships.…

July 10, 2017 | Phil Gibby Read Full Story

FRONTIER THINKING: EXPLORING THE WEST’S TECH SUCCESS

Back in the 1990s, Oracle established an office in the South West city of Bristol – a time when ‘ubiquitous computing’ was the buzzword of the day, and organisations were…

July 7, 2017 | Phil Bates Read Full Story

‘SMART SPECIALISATION’ AND BUILDING LINKS WITH SMES

If IAAPS goes ahead, it is estimated the facility will stimulate £67 million in new research and development between 2020 and 2025. In doing so, the IAAPS facility will seek…

June 20, 2017 | Dr Felicia Fai | Dr Phil Tomlinson Read Full Story

UNDERSTANDING AND BUILDING THE CREATIVE ECONOMY IN THE CARDIFF CAPITAL REGION

It is also widely reported that the creative industries generate value that spreads far wider than the sector itself. They are a driver of business and activity for other sectors…

June 5, 2017 | Sara Pepper Read Full Story

CORNWALL: A KEY ELECTION BATTLEGROUND IN THE SOUTH WEST

On paper, Cornwall looks like a fascinating region to watch this General Election. The last time it was totally blue was back in the early 1900s, and in 2005 all…

June 2, 2017 | Dr Joanie Willett Read Full Story

ENGAGEMENT AND ANALYTICS: HOW EXETER IS DELIVERING PLACE-BASED CHANGE

Cities, and the unprecedented growth of urban environments, present both the greatest challenge and opportunity of our lifetime. As drivers of economic growth, cities are essential to modern life, but…

May 26, 2017 | Dr Liz O'Driscoll Read Full Story