Pictured: Kevin Harris, Chair of the LLEP
The Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership (LLEP) launched a video highlighting the areas strengths and aspirations for a Local Industrial Strategy at its AGM meeting this week.
The LLEP produced a Local Industrial Strategy Prospectus document in July after consulting with over 150 local businesses and this has now been developed in to a video.
The prospectus was used to inform Government of Leicester and Leicestershire’s strengths and aspirations, which resulted in the LLEP being included in the second wave of Local Enterprise Partnerships invited to develop their local plans.
The AGM was attended by over 120 delegates who heard from Kevin Harris, Chair of the LLEP, as he introduced the LLEP’s Local Industrial Strategy video that aims to encourage local businesses to work with the LLEP and contribute to the development of this important document.
Kevin said “Leicester and Leicestershire is a fantastic place to live and work and we want to make sure the wider UK and international markets appreciate what we offer too.
“We must understand what businesses need to grow, so it is essential that more local businesses get involved with developing the full strategy.
“This is a really important document for boosting productivity, creating jobs and prosperity. The Local Industrial Strategy will shape the future or our city and county for many years to come.”
The official release of the LLEP’s Annual Report for 2017/18 also took place at the AGM. Close to 40 projects and programmes have received investment and support from the LLEP during the period.
Key programmes featured in the annual report include the LLEP’s two Enterprise Zones, £126 million Local Growth Fund, £108 million European Structural and Investment Fund, £12 million Growing Places Fund, £1.1m Growth Hub - LLEP Business Gateway project and the Enterprise Adviser Network which currently has 61 Enterprise Advisers and 64 schools signed up to the programme.
The annual report was presented by Nick Pulley, who stepped down as Chair of the LLEP in the summer after 4 years. He highlighted the LLEP’s activity over the past year and future vision and priorities for increasing growth and productivity across Leicester and Leicestershire.
Nick said “The LLEP is very strong and the spirit of collaboration and partnership is excellent between the public, private, voluntary and education sectors.
“I have spent 6 years on the LLEP board and 4 years as Chair of the LLEP, which has been enjoyable, fulfilling and most rewarding.
“I have seen many ideas and concepts come forward and after a lot of negotiations, discussions and application appraisals, to see new roads, buildings and jobs being created is really fantastic and I am very proud of the drive and ambition that Leicester and Leicestershire has.”
Presentations were followed by a Q&A panel where the public and economic stakeholder’s had the opportunity to ask questions of the speakers.
To view the full annual report click here.
To view the Local Industrial Strategy video click here.
To find out more about the LLEP, click here.
LLEP Board Members pictured from Left to Right: Neil McGhee, Director, Sempervox, Jaspal Singh Minhas, Managing Director, Electrical Design & MFG Co Ltd, Nick Rushton, Leader, Leicestershire County Council, Prof Robert J. Allison, Vice-Chancellor and President, Loughborough University, Kevin Harris, Chair of the LLEP, Sir Peter Soulsby, City Mayor, Leicester City Council, Karen Smart, Managing Director, East Midlands Airport, Verity Hancock, Principal and CEO, Leicester College, Dr Nik Kotecha OBE, CEO, Morningside Pharmaceuticals, Chas Bishop, Chief Executive, The National Space Centre, Emma Anderson, Director, Freeths