Sheffield City Region Local Enterprise Partnership

Business bosses to “lay foundations” for growth

Published 27th June 2013 at 9:03am

Business bosses are working together to create an ambitious ‘Growth Plan’ which will maximise economic growth and create jobs in the Sheffield City Region for years to come.

Private sector leaders at the Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) are calling on fellow business professionals to help them to identify opportunities, barriers to growth, and future priorities for the Sheffield City Region.

The LEP will be working with business leaders from Barnsley, Bassetlaw, Bolsover, Chesterfield, Derbyshire Dales, Doncaster, North East Derbyshire, Rotherham and Sheffield to develop the Growth Plan for the Sheffield City Region.

Through the Growth Plan, the LEP will set out the economic ambitions for the Sheffield City Region – which it will submit to Government by the end of 2013.

The Growth Plan will compete with other UK areas to determine which powers and funding will be handed down by Whitehall to the Sheffield City Region.

The LEP is led by the private sector and brings together business leaders and local politicians to make decisions that create substantial economic growth and bring new jobs. The LEP Board is made up of 19 members – ten are private sector business leaders and nine are local authority leaders, including the Mayor of Doncaster.

Leading business expert, Richard Wright MBE, is part of the LEP’s Growth Plan Steering Group which is driving forward work on the Sheffield City Region’s Growth Plan. Richard, who is Chief Executive of Sheffield Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said:

“Our ambition is to be one of the best City Regions in the world and that relies on developing a strong plan, underpinned by an excellent understanding of future growth opportunities, around which we must all align.

Richard Wright, MBE

Richard Wright, MBE

“I am sure that business leaders will recognise this opportunity to ensure that their own plans for growth are supported by the LEP and the Government in the future.”

Chairman of the Sheffield City Region LEP Board, James Newman, said:

“Business leaders are working together to build an evidence base which takes account of business interests across the entire City Region.

James Newman, LEP Chairman

James Newman, LEP Chairman

“Through this work, we will ensure that our City Region can fully exploit opportunities to innovate and tackle the barriers to growing businesses and creating new jobs.

“The LEP is calling on business leaders to respond to our ‘call for evidence’, which will lay the foundations for a plan to grow our economy and create opportunities for generations to come.”

The LEP is asking businesses to give evidence by Friday 12 July. Businesses can submit their evidence using the easy online form at www.sheffieldcityregion.org.uk/growth-strategy.

Alternatively, business people can call the LEP on 0114 254 1334 and arrange an interview or email growthplan@sheffieldcityregion.org.uk

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