Business Leader Jan - Mar South West 2013 - Page 8

LatestNews Boutique law fi rm opens new offi ce A mix of high-profi le business people and celebrities were present for the launch of Cook & Co Solicitors’ new offi ce in Clifton. Over 150 people attended the event which saw ex Bristol City and current Yeovil Manager Gary Johnson and Bath Rugby star, Tom Heathcote offi cially open the new offi ce. Founder of the fi rm, Charles Cook, comments: “We are naturally very excited about our new Clifton venture. “The mixture of fi xed fees, attentive service and high calibre, senior lawyers has proved very attractive to clients in this market place and has enabled us to expand into the territory of the longer established fi rms in Bristol.” Cook & Co also have an offi ce in Portishead and former Bristol City Chief Executive Colin Sexstone is its Chairman. Charles Cook offi ce opening Work begins on next phase of Locking Parklands Business leaders gather for event More than 150 business leaders from the West of England gathered in Weston- super-Mare, in December 2012, for an important business event. Colin Skellett Work is offi cially underway on the next phase of housing at the £400 million Locking Parklands development in Weston-super-Mare. St. Modwen is the developer responsible for the regeneration of the former RAF Locking site and the next stage of works will see them delivering 150 more new homes at the 200 acre sustainable community. This new phase of homes follows the completion of 70 out of a total of 100 high- specifi cation, sustainable homes developed by St. Modwen Homes at ‘The Parklands’ and ‘The Woodlands’ phases at Locking Parklands. Robin Smith, Technical Director of St. Modwen Homes, comments: “Following strong sales for the fi rst phase of homes at Locking Parklands, we’re pleased to be moving forward into the New Year with the delivery of more much needed new homes for Weston. 6 Issue 1 - Jan/Feb 2013 ‘Shaping the future of the West of England LEP’ was held in the town’s Winter Gardens and hosted by the Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP). Colin Skellett, who is chair of the LEP, comments: “The four unitary authorities and business are already working closely to ensure that the West of England is the most attractive place for inward investment in Europe. “We are number one in this country outside London. The event was about building on those strong partnerships.” The LEP was established in October 2010 and is business-led with equal representation on the LEP Board between the public and private sectors, with strong involvement from local business, the authorities, higher and further education. It supports business growth and is working to attract new jobs to Bristol, Bath and Weston-super-Mare – and the surrounding countryside. LEP partners are working together to support the creation of 95,000 new jobs by 2030 and 3.4% annual growth by 2020; as well as delivering over £1 billion of private sector investment over the next three years. Backwell fi rm scoops award North Somerset Business Leader