Neil attended the South West Growth Summit on Friday at Exeter University. Organised by the Pennon Group, the summit focused on boosting jobs and economic activity in the South West region.
Neil appeared on a panel on how local and national government can boost investment in the South West. As it currently stands, the South West receives far less in funding than other UK regions. The Secretary of State for Local Government, Sajid Javid, spoke at the event on how the Government was looking to support the South West in the same way it has backed the 'Northern Powerhouse' and 'Midlands Engine' projects.
"The South West has never got its fair share of funding and transport infrastructure over the least few decades from Government. We have so many great businesses in the South West with such high potential. With the right investment in infrastructure like the A30/A303 and better rail links, we have a bright future ahead of us."