Today (Monday 28th) I visited the Bristol Port Company and discussed the important work that they do. During my visit to their two key sites Portbury Docks and Avonmouth Docks we discussed the important role they play in not only Bristol’s economy but in the wider economy of the UK. The Bristol Port is one of the major importers and exporters of cars in the UK as well as helping to provide much of the animal feed to South West England.
We discussed the work the Port does to help reduce its environmental impact, such as it’s local wind turbines, investing in electric vehicles and minimising emissions. The Port works with other partners to increase recycling in the region by helping to convert household waste into reusable materials. We also discussed the community in and around the Port. I was hugely impressed by their commitment to local employment, apprenticeships and a job for life; as well as the onsite provision for the physical and mental health of staff. These are very positive actions from the Port as the recent pandemic has shown the importance of supporting and safeguarding our workforces.
After the visit to the docks I held a joint meeting with West Of England Mayor, Tim Bowles where we reaffirmed our commitment to the port and discussed ways in which we can work closely together to help encourage a business friendly environment in the City and wider region.