Pennon pens charter to guide government in boosting South West growth


Pennon Group with the support of the Confederation of British Industries has delivered to the government a charter “ahead of the Chancellor's autumn statement” which the South west Water owner said was “aimed at boosting prosperity and productivity in the South West.”

The South West Growth Charter outlines means by which the the government can assist in upping growth in the region. The Charter. Pennon said, outlines “

a new government partnership with the South West and the need in the region for:

  • increased investment in digital connectivity to deliver 5G mobile, fibre and wireless broadband;

  • improved energy systems ; and

  • more investment in transport connectivity, especially in rail and local roads.

Pennon chief executive, Chris Loughlin, said: "As one of the biggest private employers and investors in the region, we wanted to take a lead in facilitating this new regional growth initiative, in collaboration with our partners in the public and private sectors.

The charter emerge following an event at Exeter University in October organised by Pennon and attended by representatives of councils, businesses and other organisations across the region. The event – the South West Growth Summit – “showed a clear need and desire for a unified business voice to outline a vision for the economic future of Somerset, Devon and Cornwall,” said Pennon.