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Greater Birmingham & Solihull LEP June Board Report

The Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership (GBSLEP) held its June Board meeting at Deloitte in Birmingham on Tuesday 5 June 2018.

The Board heard updates on the Growth Deal programme as it concludes its third year of operation, and discussed visits to two projects that have received LEP funding: the Tyseley Energy Park access road and the Prince’s Trust Centre in Digbeth. The Board noted that both projects are impressive examples of how brownfield sites can be redeveloped to contribute to sustainable economic growth in the area.

Working with the West Midlands Combined Authority, Black Country LEP and Coventry & Warwickshire LEP, GBSLEP is playing a key role in developing a Local Industrial Strategy for the West Midlands. The Board received an update on progress to date and provided input into development of the Strategy.

The Board considered and approved the final drafts of the Towns and Local Centres (TLC) Framework, and welcomed the good practice principles that have been identified and will now be implemented to help our towns and local centres thrive. The LEP’s Housing Framework was also considered and agreed, with the Board discussing the importance of promoting SME engagement with the Framework. The Framework was noted as a distinct contribution that the LEP could make to the region’s house building process and the Executive team will now take forward its recommendations. Other areas of discussion included the LEP’s delivery plans for Energy Technologies & Services and Disruptive & Emerging Technologies, which the board approved.