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Bath ‘City of Ideas’ Enterprise Area

Did you know there are plans for something called an ‘Enterprise Area’ in Bath?

Bath Enterprise Area (Courtesy BANES Development & Major Projects)

This space alongside the river and running from Manvers Street in Town all the way to the Newbridge industrial estate has been designated as a key zone for economic growth. Apparently it has the ability to deliver 65% of the District’s growth by 2026, concentrating on the high growth sectors such as creative industries, software and technology.  The aim is to encourage new businesses to settle in this area of Bath by focusing resources, investment, infrastructure, etc.

B&NES have also set up an ‘Economic partnership’ that spans council, education and private sector representatives who, amongst other things, should oversee the Economic Strategy for B&NES 2010-2026.

So… Will this help? What would you do as well/instead?

About Richard Godfrey

CEO of Bath-based iPrinciples and KoodibooK. Back in 2007 I left the comfort of 9 years working for Microsoft and started iPrinciples, originally at the Bath Innovation Centre. Software is our passion and we’ve built some amazing applications over the past few years including stuff for the BBC, Bank of America, Microsoft and other big names. However, we mostly love incubating our own ideas (like www.koodibook.com) and working with local start-ups to create something innovative that is going to change the world.

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3 Responses to Bath ‘City of Ideas’ Enterprise Area

  1. Ben Hoyle February 10, 2012 at 3:56 pm #

    It’s nice having an Enterprise Area at the foot of the road.

    There is a lot of potential for mixed developments along the river. These can not only provide commercial growth but also allow for greater social cohesion between north and south sides of the river. At the moment, the area is mainly a no-man’s land of empty warehouses and car showrooms.

    [PS:One of my favourite statistics from the linked BANES report was that the “Professional, scientific, technical” sector made the greatest contribution to GVA in the region.]

  2. Lily Smith February 16, 2012 at 11:00 am #

    This reminds me of Bristol’s similar venture, the ‘Enterprise Zone’ – a development near the river specifically designed to attract creative and technology businesses.

    http://www.investinbristol.com/pdf/Invest-in-Bristol-Enterprise-Zone-FAQ.pdf

    • Ben Hoyle February 23, 2012 at 5:26 pm #

      Would be lovely if you could take a cruise between the two zones on a roving wi-fi-enabled boat. (Would probably take over 3 hours though).

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