About the Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP)
The Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) brings businesses and local authorities together to drive economic growth, create jobs and raise skills levels.
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Formed in 2011, the Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire LEP has a clear vision to create 50,000 jobs and increase the size of the economy by 50 per cent by 2021.
We know that this is an ambitious target, but firmly believe that by bringing the entrepreneurial skills of local business leaders together with the knowledge and insight of government brought by the public sector, it is a target that we can achieve.
To realise our aim, the Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire LEP plans to build on the region’s strong transport links, educational institutions and high quality of life to ensure that Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire continues to be an attractive place to live, work and do business.
The region has many of the key ingredients needed for success. It is centrally located in the heart of the Midlands with good road, rail and air links. Home to around 33,000 businesses, ranging from small and micro enterprises to global leaders in their field, it has a strong foundation in industry including ceramics and advanced manufacturing. In fact, manufacturing alone employs nearly 58,000 people and continues to thrive.
But there is much more to be done, especially as the region presents some unique opportunities and challenges. To the north lies the City of Stoke-on-Trent home to some 249,000 people within a larger conurbation including part of Newcastle-under-Lyme and Staffordshire Moorlands. The county includes a number of urban areas including Stafford, Cannock, Rugeley, Lichfield, Tamworth, Burton, Uttoxeter and Leek. Our rural areas have seen growth in recent years and our visitor economy continues to thrive.
While the geography may differ many of the issues that business and communities face are similar.
Thats where the Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire LEP comes in. We want to make Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire the best place in Britain to do business. We are focused on providing the support that businesses need whether they wish to start-up, grow or relocate.
We have a single inward investment team Make it Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire and an Education, Employment and Skills Board, which is working with education providers and businesses to address the skills gap, while Destination Staffordshire is working with tourism businesses to market the county as a place to work and visit. To ensure we achieve the best for our area the LEP is working with Government and other organisations to secure funding and improve access to finance for businesses.
Our ambition is to see more businesses employing more people providing goods and services that are in demand nationally and internationally.