In October 2010 the Government announced that Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent's bid for a Local Enterprise Partnership had been successful.
Since this new business promotion partnership has been formed we have provided a solid local focus for economic regeneration, represented local businesses in pushing for a better business deal for the area, and worked with neighbouring partnerships when there is a clear mutual benefit and everyone gains.
As we have grown we have forged partnerships between business, the public sector, higher and further education, community enterprises and other partners to deliver economic success.
In 2011/12 the LEP has helped 7 businesses formulate successful bids for the first and second round of regional growth fund worth over £15million. We are continuing to provide ongoing support to businesses looking to submit a bid in the third round of the regional growth fund.
The LEP continues to lobby Government and other organisations to secure funding and improve access to finance for businesses in the region to generate jobs and prosperity and to help maintain our position as one of the top job creators in the UK. We have managed to secure £7.4m from Government, to help better connect business by improving broadband infrastructure in the region. In Co-operation with the Princes' Charities we have secured a further £10million of investment.
We listened to business when they told us they wanted a clear route to business information and support when we created the Stoke Staffordshire Business Helpline. The Helpline simplifies the process of seeking advice for businesses by creating one point of contact instead of many.
In order to continue to streamline the process of business development we also created a single investment team for the whole of the LEP area, Make it Stoke-on-Trent & Staffordshire - www.makeitstokestaffs.co.uk.
Meet the Board Members who are driving the partnership forward:
Our Associate Members provide support for our Board Members as well as broaden the partnerships business knowledge. Many of the Associate Members shadow the members of the Board to ensure that we have strong private sector representation at all board meetings.
Want to find out more about how the LEP was formed and how it will help the region?
Download the letter from the Local Government Minister Eric Pickles and a statement from Philip Atkins, Leader of Staffordshire County Council:
Letter from Eric Pickles (PDF 237Kb)
Read the partnership's published proposals (informed by discussions with business leaders) upon which Government made their decision: