Four Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) approved for the North West and Local Growth White Paper published

Posted On 28/10/2010

Government Kick Starts New Plans For Local Growth - Four Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) confirmed in North West


Proposals for twenty-four Local Enterprise Partnerships across England were given the green light by Government, in a landmark move that will see local business and civic leaders working together to drive sustainable economic growth and create new jobs in their communities.
 
Ministers announced the first wave of successful partnerships as part of a new plan for local economic growth, which sets out the Government's role in empowering locally driven growth, encouraging business investment and promoting economic development. 
 

Four Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) have been confirmed in the North West

  • Cheshire and Warrington
  • Cumbria
  • Greater Manchester
  • Liverpool City Region

Ministers also declared the £1.4bn Regional Growth Fund open for business.
 
The fund will support the creation of private sector jobs and will particularly support communities currently dependent on the public sector, helping them make the transition to private sector led growth and prosperity.
 
The announcements form part of a White Paper on Local Growth, which sets out the Government's new approach to rebalance the economy and drive sustainable growth by focusing on three key themes:

  • Shifting power to local communities and businesses - by establishing dynamic local enterprise partnerships of local business and civic leaders, operating within an area that makes economic sense, which can provide the vision, knowledge and strategic leadership to set local priorities and empower communities to fulfil their potential.
  • Increasing confidence to invest - by creating the right conditions for growth through a consistent and efficient framework for investment, an effective planning framework and new incentives to make sure local communities benefit from development.
  • Focused investment - by tackling barriers to growth that the market will not address itself and supporting investment that will have a long term impact on growth.

For more information see http://www.bis.gov.uk/news/topstories/2010/Oct/local-growth
 
The full list of 24 successful Local Enterprise Partnership (LEPs) bids are :
~        Birmingham & Solihull with E. Staffordshire, Lichfield & Tamworth
~        Cheshire and Warrington
~        Coast to Capital
~        Cornwall & the Isles of Scilly
~        Coventry & Warwickshire
~        Cumbria
~        Gt. Cambridge & Gt. Peterborough
~        Greater Manchester
~        Hertfordshire
~        Kent, Greater Essex & East Sussex
~        Leeds City Region
~        Leicester & Leicestershire
~        Lincolnshire
~        Liverpool City Region
~        Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, Derby, & Derbyshire
~        Oxfordshire City Region
~        Sheffield City Region
~        Solent
~        S.E. Midlands
~        Stoke-on-Trent & Staffordshire
~        Tees Valley
~        Thames Valley Berkshire
~        The Marches
~        West of England

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