The LEP has produced a map and policy document setting out the West of England’s strengths, success stories and future opportunities. The map, entitled ‘West of England – home of Knowledge, Innovation and Quality of Life’, sets out to show how the region is currently leading the UK in these areas. It also outlines future opportunities and the LEP’s role in delivering economic growth.
the West of England LEP has secured a total of £230.7m from the Government in Growth Deal funding for key projects in transport, infrastructure and business support to support its Strategic Economic Plan for 2015-2030. The LEP has also created a robust governance framework to ensure it is in the best position to deliver funding in the region: it has created a West of England Investment Board, which provides a ‘one front door’ approach to managing all funding sources coming in and out of the LEP. The overarching decision-making sits with the Strategic Leaders Board, led by the four leaders from the four local authorities.
Colin Skellett, Chair of the West of England LEP, said: “The West of England contributes more to the UK’s GDP than any region outside of London and the South East. As a LEP we’ve broken new ground in the way industry, the public sector and academia work together and we have created a dynamic partnership with solid governance in place to deliver sustainable economic growth. This new map is a clear, visual representation of just what makes the West of England such a great place to live and work and the future opportunities the region offers for UK plc.”
Cllr Paul Crossley, deputy chair of the LEP, said: “This sets out just what a compelling case we have here in the West of England. We have a workforce educated way above the national average, leading universities, world-leading industry sectors, excellent connectivity in every sense and an un-paralleled quality of life. The LEP has provided strong governance and guidance for the region, and we look forward to delivering further on our ambitious plans.”
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