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Business Leaders Want a Mayor for Bristol

A survey of business leaders has found overwhelming support for an elected mayor, whether for Bristol or for the West of England area

Bristol, 9th February 2012 - Business leaders in Bristol have signalled their strong support for an elected mayor at a property event in the city.

More than 280 senior businesspeople were asked whether Bristol would benefit from an elected mayor. Forty five per cent of respondents said an elected city major would provide stronger leadership, while another 35 per cent said a mayor was a good idea, so long as any powers conferred covered Bristol, Bath and the rest of the West of England.

No respondents came out against the idea: the remaining fifth argued they needed more detail to come to a decision.
Bristol’s competitiveness also came under the spotlight at the event, hosted by Jones Lang LaSalle. Thirty five percent said better public transport was needed to make the city more competitive, while 30 per cent said closer co-operation between communities would unlock more of Bristol’s potential. A quarter said what was needed to take the city to the next level was a world-class sports stadium.

Jeremy Richards, Head of the Bristol office of Jones Lang LaSalle, said the findings showed that business leaders in Bristol want a greater sense of direction for the city.

“Clearly the feeling is that a mayor with the right powers could deliver more for the city than the current political arrangements,” said Richards. “It will be interesting to see whether this happens in the years ahead, but the survey shows where business sentiment lies.”