Phil Smith, Managing Director, Business West

Having graduated from Exeter in 1983 Phil worked in the North Sea oil & gas fields as an offshore construction engineer for an American multinational. The stagnating North Sea oil industry of the mid 80’s led Phil to study for an MBA at the London Business School which was followed by a role in mergers and acquisitions in the corporate finance department of a City of London investment bank. Phil moved to Bristol in the early 90’s to become the CEO of the West of England Business Link.

In 2003 Phil took on his current position as MD of Business West, a public purpose company which operates Bristol, Bath, Gloucestershire & Wiltshire Chambers of Commerce, and holds various public sector contracts, including DIT export services for the whole SW. Business West is the largest Chamber of Commerce in the UK and the country’s 3rd largest authoriser of official export documentation. It is the International Chambers of Commerce “World Chamber” for 2017 and a Sunday Times Best 100 employer.