Conference provides opportunities to shape the future of Bath

May 1, 2012

Small businesses in Bath were today getting a chance to have their say on the future of the city at the first Bath City Conference.

The wide-ranging event at The Guildhall was aimed at giving everyone in the city – whether citizens, community groups, voluntary/charity sector organisations, small businesses and statutory agencies – the chance to get together, network and showcase their work.

On the agenda were discussions on how all organisations can work together to meet the challenges that face Bath and share ideas on how to improve Bath as a place to live, work and visit.

Among the issues was strengthening Bath as a tourist centre, the city’s burgeoning digital industry, housing and improving the city centre.

Presentations and displays ranged from the future of Western Riverside and Sainsbury’s new store proposals to plans by the BID (Business Improvement District) to improve the city centre’s economic vibrancy.

There were also sections on fitness, health and the Olympics, festivals and culture.

Newly-appointed B&NES Council chief executive Dr Jo Ferrar is speaking and taking part in a discussion this evening on improving the way the council works with the community – her first official appearance.

The whole event, which is open to everyone, is being run under the heading 100 Great Ideas for Bath and takes place between until 8pm. No pre-registration is necessary. Dance performances, exhibitions and a cash cafe were also planned.

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