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Prime Minister chairs first council of Local Enterprise Partnership leaders at Downing Street

(L-R): Jonathan Browning (Coventry & Warwickshire LEP), Tim Pile (Greater Birmingham & Solihull LEP), Stewart Towe (Black Country LEP)

The Prime Minister met with the leaders of England’s Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) – including Chair of the Greater Birmingham & Solihull LEP (GBSLEP) Tim Pile – to celebrate their achievements to date and to map out key areas for cooperation under the UK’s Modern Industrial Strategy.

The event on 19 June marked the first meeting of the Prime Minister’s Council of LEP Chairs, made up of business leaders representing the 38 Partnerships. Talks focused on where LEPs carry maximum impact: delivering the objectives of the Modern Industrial Strategy in local areas, and investing in the skills that people and businesses need.

Welcoming the Council of LEP Chairs, Prime Minister Theresa May said:

Local Enterprise Partnerships play a vital role in supporting businesses and innovation across England. From the New Anglia aviation academy – the first of its kind in the UK – to Enterprise M3’s 5G innovation centre, LEPs are developing skills, delivering infrastructure, and securing investment.

“That’s why our Modern Industrial Strategy is clear that they must continue to play a crucial role in our plans to deliver further growth in local economies.

“Today’s first meeting of the Council marks a milestone in this partnership. By working even more closely together, we will continue to maximise our efforts in creating jobs, growth and investment right across the country, delivering long-term, meaningful results for local communities.” 

Tim Pile, Chair of GBSLEP, said:

It was a privilege to be part of such a productive forum. We had the opportunity to present both the progress that the region is making with its Local Industrial Strategy, as well as how we are going to deliver a detailed, evidence-based action plan about the West Midlands, for the West Midlands.

“Together with our colleagues at the Black Country and Coventry & Warwickshire LEPs, we highlighted our collective motivation to produce a very specific plan that will build on the West Midlands’ enormous strengths and opportunities, to create greater prosperity across the region.

“It was clear that the Prime Minister is extremely committed to LEPs and to ensuring that we are supported by central government to help create more jobs, increase skills and continue to drive economic growth.”