The new Business Secretary Sajid Javid came to Bristol today to make his first speech since being appointed to the role.
He was there to outline his Enterprise Bill, which aims to support entrepreneurs and boost jobs.
Mr Javid grew up in Easton and went to school in Downend.
Robert Murphy reports.
New Business Secretary Sajid Javid made his first speech in Bristol this morning, setting out new measures to support entrepreneurs and boost jobs.
Mr Javid grew up in the city, above his parents' shop on Stapleton Road, where he says he learned everything he knows about business.
He was speaking at the Engine Shed business centre at Temple Meads.
I know what it's like to have a small business and I just thought this is the perfect location to come and talk about what we, as government, can do to help. That means also staying out of their way, letting them get on with their job - that's why we spent a lot of time over the last five years deregulating.
75% of people in the South West who quit their job to start their own business say they are happier now than when they worked for someone else. 1,000 entrepreneurs were surveyed by an accounting software company.
One Bristol mum, Kate Edmunds, left her job to set up a greetings card company Eggnogg Ltd.
A High Court judge has heard opening arguments in a week-long legal battle over the future of Bristol's Memorial Stadium site.
The hearing is to settle an ongoing dispute between Bristol Rovers and Sainsbury's over a land deal involving the club's current home in Horfield.
Mrs Justice Proudman, sitting in London, was told the football club agreed a deal with the supermarket chain in 2011, as part of its plans to move to a new ground on the Frenchay campus of the University of the West of England (UWE).
The terms of the deal were that Sainsbury's would buy the Memorial Stadium for £30 million and lease it back to the club for a peppercorn rent until its move to the new ground was completed - at which time a new supermarket would be built on the site.
The club would use the money to finance the building of the new 21,700-seat stadium.
At the time the deal was made, the court heard, there was no planning permission or infrastructure in place, the costs were uncertain and Bristol Rovers were still negotiating with UWE.
Lawyers for both sides today outlined their cases to the judge, as a six-day hearing got underway.
Mark Wonnacott QC, for Sainsbury's, said the supermarket giants believes it 'lawfully terminated' the contract when various conditions were not met.
But the club's barrister, David Matthias QC, argued that the contract is either still running, or has been terminated in breach of its terms.
The hearing continues.
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Bristol Rovers High Court battle with Sainsbury's over the sale of the Memorial Stadium has been delayed.
It was due to start today but won't go before judges until a later date.
The football club needs the £30 million deal to go through so it can move to a new home on land at the University of the West of England.
Last week the supermarket giant announced its first annual loss in over a decade.
This evening's programme will be a special programme looking at what the state of the economy means to you.
In our region over £600 million has been cut from Council budgets and we will be analysing what that means for communities and businesses across the West.
Ben Barry from Bristol earns £8 an hour, which is above the minimum wage, but a delay in a tax credit claims meant he went for months without benefits money.
Ben was referred to a foodbank which he never thought he would have to use.
Tune in this evening at 6pm for our ITV West Country special.
Residents and local businesses have launched a campaign for a new train station at Ashton Gate in Bristol.
Today campaigners stood at the site where they want the station to be placed after the old station was closed in 1964. The Department for Transport has already provided funding to reopen stations at Portishead and Pill in four years time but residents and business leaders say Ashton Gate should be reopened too.
A Tesco store in Wiltshire is to close its doors for the last time this evening with the loss of more than 60 jobs. The Tesco Metro in Devizes has been serving the town for 36 years.
In January Tesco chief executive Dave Lewis announced that the company was to close 43 stores nationally because they weren't making enough money.
The Devizes Chamber of Commerce has described the closure as a huge blow to the local economy.
Honda Civics made at the Swindon Honda Plant will be exported to the USA.
It comes just a day after the announcement Honda UK said it will secure thousands of jobs at the Wiltshire site by investing £200million in car production.
This significant announcement demonstrates the opportunity available to the Swindon operation and reinforces the quality and reliability of the product coming from our UK facility.