Video: Newman reflects on LEP progress to Parliament

Published 13th September 2012 at 2:52pm

On Tuesday this week, LEP Chairman James Newman appeared before a Select Committee at Parliament.

Newman talked about how the Sheffield City Region LEP had worked to create partnerships between the public and private sectors. He described how local authorities and the private sector were working more cohesively than ever.

Newman appeared as a ‘witness’ at the Committee alongside representatives from Greater Cambridgeshire and Greater Peterborough LEP, Oxfordshire LEP, Tees Valley Unlimited and The LEP Network.

The Committee was chaired by Adrian Bailey, MP for West Bromwich.

James Newman said, “I was pleased to get this opportunity to present to the BIS Parliamentary Select Committee which is looking at how the LEPs are faring after two years of existence.

“This was a good opportunity to inform Parliament and the wider business community not only about the issues facing LEPs generally but more specifically about the SCR LEP and to reflect on its successes so far, which have come about through successful partnership working between the private and public sector.

“I spoke to the Committee about our most notable achievements, including setting up an Enterprise Zone, which has since been recognised as the best place to invest in the UK, and negotiating our ground breaking ‘City Deal’ with Government, which will give the City Region more powers over transport and skills decisions and funding.

“As a result of our achievements, the Sheffield City Region LEP is widely regarded as ‘one to watch’ by Government and I look forward to contributing to further discussions at a national level in the future.”

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