Workshop: An Evidence Based Regional Economic Recovery

10 May 2022

Date: 25 May 2022

Time: 13:30 - 17:00 BST

Location: University West of England, Bristol, BS16 1QY

Getting to UWE Bristol: Click here for travel details 


In response to the challenging economic conditions, business leaders and policy makers in the region are developing innovative solutions focussed at meeting the needs of a diverse community. Despite the urgency, however, supported by the UK Government’s levelling up agenda and the emerging UK Shared Prosperity Fund, it is clear that interventions and policies need to be based on the best evidence available.  As such, UWE’s Data Research Access Governance Network (DRAGoN) are partnering with the Bank of England, Office for National Statistics and the West of England Combined Authority to host a  workshop to provide insights from evidence generated at the national, regional and local level. At the event, business leaders can come together with the regional and local economic policy community to gain a deeper understanding of the current economic evidence base, while having the opportunity to inform the discussion about future need.


Cake and Coffee

  • 1.30 - 2.00          Networking


  • 2.00 - 2.10          Dr Patricia Greer (CEO, West of England Combined Authority (WECA) and Local Enterprise Network) & Professor Martin Boddy (Pro Vice Chancellor Research & Enterprise, UWE Bristol)

Economic Overview

  • 2.10 - 2.30          National Picture (Malindi Myers, Bank of England)
  • 2.30 - 2.45          Discussion 1: What are the main implications for the regional economy?
  • 2.45 - 3.05          Regional Perspective (Richard Prothero, Office for National Statistics)
  • 3.05 - 3.20          Discussion 2: What data developments are needed to aid regional economic development?
  • 3.20 - 3.40          What can microdata tell us about the West of England (Damian Whittard, UWE Bristol)?
  • 3.40 - 3.55          Discussion 3: How can microdata be better exploited to inform regional economic policy?

Policy Perspective

  • 3.55 - 4.15          West of England’s current policy focus  (Stephen Bashford, Director of Business and Skills, WECA)
  • 4.15 - 4.30          Discussion 4: How can the data/evidence be better integrated to inform regional policy?

Afternoon Tea

  • 4.30 - 5.00          Networking