Government vows to improve LEP relations

The Government’s re-jigged Business Department has vowed to improve on its existing relationships with Local Enterprise Partnerships.

Business Secretary, Greg Clark
Business Secretary, Greg Clark

Ministers are to act as ‘local growth champions’ to the LEPs, says Business & Energy Secretary Greg Clark.

“I am giving ministers geographic areas of responsibility so they can build on existing relationships to better connect government policy with the businesses and industries we’re working with.”

The minister covering the Humber, York and North Yorkshire, Leeds and Sheffield regions is Nick Hurd (the MP for Ruislip, Northwood and Pinner in Greater London).

Chairman of the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership, Roger Marsh OBE, said: “It is reassuring to see that local growth remains a priority for the new government.  We are delivering impact at a regional level, including unlocking £491m in private sector investment; but we have further to go with a clear vision for growth through local initiatives and I look forward to further building our relationships with government to help us achieve this.”