The West of England is to have its first dedicated economic growth conference, bringing together the region’s political and business leaders.

The event, taking place on 23 June at Brunel’s Engine Shed, is being set up by Built Environment Networking – organisers of the successful annual Northern Powerhouse conference.

“This is the first conference of its kind in the West of England and will play an important role in bringing together around 500 of the region’s businesses with new political leaders,” said Keith Griffiths, managing director of Built Environment Networking.

“We felt there was a real need for a conference of this type in the West of England. With the snap general election, there’s never been a more important time for businesses here to make the case to politicians about the economic growth opportunities the West of England offers.”

The newly elected West of England Mayor has been invited to speak, as have the leaders of the region’s four councils. Tickets cost £150.