Stoke Staffs LEP

New chairman sought for LEP

A business leader is being sought to take up the position of chairman at the Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Local Enterprise Partnership.

Together with board members, the new chairman will help so shape strategy and investment activity to grow the future economy of Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire.

SSLEP is a business-led company limited by guarantee bringing together business, higher education institutions and public sector partners to create the conditions to grow new and better jobs, a higher skilled workforce and increase business productivity across both city and county.

SSLEP’s vision is to transform the area into a connected county with vibrant, competitive urban centres and an inspiring, economic powerhouse in the city of Stoke-on-Trent, enabled by building upon a globally successful business base and ambitious, highly skilled workforce.

You can view our application pack here: SSLEP Chair recruitment application pack 

The closing date for applications is Friday January 3 2020 with interviews taking place on Friday January 10 2020.

Applicants will also need to complete an Equality and Diversity form here: Equality Diversity Monitoring Form

Previous chairman David Frost retired as chairman in September after serving for five years.


There are no other current vacancies.


Background Information

The Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire LEP is a business-led partnership bringing together businesses and public sector partners to create jobs, improve skills levels and grow the local economy.The LEP’s vision is to transform our area into an economic powerhouse by focusing on a core city, developing a connected county with competitive urban centres, enabled by building globally successful sectors and a skilled workforce. Since 2011 we have seen 35,000 jobs created and a growth in GVA of 6%.

The SSLEP is contributing more than £147m of investment over the period to 2021 in Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire. This includes putting in the infrastructure to open up employment and housing sites, funding new education and training facilities, and supporting business growth. Further contributions from government, local authorities, colleges and the private sector will bring the grand total invested through its strategic economic plan to some £344m.Infrastructure investment includes the LEP’s flagship Ceramic Valley Enterprise Zone, comprising six strategic employment sites along the A500 in Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire. Other examples include Branston Locks, Burton upon Trent, where a 50-acre employment site is being created alongside 2,500 new homes and community facilities, the 82-acre Meaford Business Park near Stone, and the Four Ashes employment site in South Staffordshire.

The LEP’s support for existing businesses includes a Business Helpline and Growth Hub, which since its launch in 2012 has helped more than 4,300 businesses with mentoring, training and access to finance.The LEP is also funding a range of town centre improvement projects including a £2.95 million investment in the Tamworth Enterprise Quarter, and a contribution of more than £7 million to access and street scene improvements in and around Stoke-on-Trent’s city centre and railway station.

The LEP works with universities, training providers and businesses to identify and meet the skills needs of the future at intermediate and higher levels. It is funding advanced manufacturing and engineering hubs in FE colleges, supporting the development of the new Mercia Centre for business leadership at Keele University, and AMRICC, Stoke-on-Trent, which aids R&D and commercialisation in ceramics and applied materials.

We are also active partners in the Midlands Engine, and a range of sectoral initiatives such as Agri-Tech and Ceramics.

Business people interested in joining the board can download more details and a person specification here:  LEP Business Board Member Pack





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