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LEP Chairs meet with Prime Minister to discuss progress of Local Industrial Strategies

Greater Birmingham & Solihull LEP (GBSLEP) Chair Tim Pile, along with other business leaders from England’s Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs), met with the Prime Minister on Thursday, to track progress on plans to boost economic growth in communities across the country.

The Prime Minister was briefed by LEP Chairs on the development of Local Industrial Strategies, including for the West Midlands, which sees GBSLEP working collaboratively with Government, Black Country and Coventry & Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnerships, and the West Midlands Combined Authority.

This second meeting of the Prime Minister’s Council of LEP Chairs is part of an ongoing dialogue between LEPs and government, highlighting the central role of LEPs in unlocking local growth to drive long-term productivity and prosperity across the country.

The meeting, also attended by Greg Clark Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and James Brokenshire, Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, covered a number of topics, including; engagement with small businesses, rural communities, progress against the grand challenges set out in the Government’s Industrial Strategy, and discussion around the latest business intelligence from across the country ahead of the UK’s departure from the EU.

The Prime Minister, Theresa May, said:

“Local Enterprise Partnerships have a vital role to play in delivering our modern Industrial Strategy.

“Working closely with Government, their leadership is helping make sure businesses thrive as we prepare to leave the European Union.

“I was pleased to hear directly from LEP representatives how they are bringing together the local business community, universities and other partners to design long-term, ambitious plans tailored to the strengths and needs of their areas.

“Using their unique insight and expertise to co-develop Local Industrial Strategies, LEPs are boosting economic growth, securing jobs and delivering prosperity – making sure that no community is left behind.”

Tim Pile, GBSLEP Chair, said:

“It was a pleasure to meet with the Prime Minister and discuss the progress we are making with the development of the West Midlands Industrial Strategy and how it will build on our strengths as a region, to drive economic growth.

“The West Midlands is the heart of the autonomous automotive industry, home to a thriving creative industries sector, boasts a multi-billion-pound business professional and financial services sector, and a growing life sciences cluster. By building on our success, we will deliver a Local Industrial Strategy that is not only distinct to our region but also meets the Government’s grand challenges and will drive future productivity.”

(See Tim Pile, GBSLEP Chair, second from left)