Delivering Growth


Delivering Growth

 

The focus of the LEP over the last year has moved to ensuring that we deliver the projects that we were successful in attracting public funds to invest in.

The City Deal and our two Growth Deals are now either being delivered with physical works on the ground, or are in advanced stages of planning. Indeed the work at Lichfield saw activity on Christmas Day when a bridge was taken down over the Trent Valley railway line. This was the first LEP project anywhere in the country and we will ensure that we remain at the head of the pack.

The LEP continues to both influence the local economy and to take advantage of national economic policy. We have seen a continuing decline in unemployment and the creation of new jobs with local companies continuing to take advantage of global growth and new companies making the wise decision to set up here in the centre of the country. Skill shortages are a result and the LEP will have to focus over the coming months to ensure that the needs of business are reflected by all sectors of education.

The world does not stand still, and the LEP will see ever more demands on our partners. The election of a new Government in May has seen a growing interest in devolution. At the same time there is a growing sense that the wider Midlands Region needs to work more closely together. There are new proposals for Enterprise Zones and a major review of Further Education is now underway. The workload of the LEP is continuing to grow.

However, the LEP would not be the success it is without the positive contribution of our partners – business, the local authorities, the education sector and a whole host of committed individuals.