Brexit means the UK will lose access to the European Investment Bank (EIB), an unintended and little-understood consequence of the UK vote to leave the EU. Given that the EIB has invested £32bn in UK projects since 2011, with £6bn of that in 2016 alone; the potential gaping hole in infrastructure finance needs urgent action.
Enveloped in the hills of South West England and Straddling the River Avon, Bristol’s former city-centre port is now a cultural hub, with huge strides being taken to make the city a better place to live and work. For generations Bristol has been a well-connected part of the country, and today the wider city region continues to thrive.
I’ve been fortunate to have attended ‘Smart Cities’ events for a number of years now. In the past, there have been lots of good ideas generated from the discussions, and while it was encouraging to know that the solutions we came to were technically possible, there was no end user demand or local authority buy-in to drive them forwards. Since then, the discussions have grown exponentially. There has been an unmistakable shift in the rhetoric used when talking about smart cities.
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