Firing up the Midlands Engine

March 10, 2017

The publication of the Government’s Midlands Engine Strategy marks an important moment for the region. Since the Midlands Engine formed over a year ago, it has been engaging with stakeholders across the region to identify the best opportunities to boost economic growth in the Midlands for the
benefit of Britain.

Sir John Peace, Chair of the Midlands Engine, said: “We have come together across a wider
geography than has been attempted before – to deliver a collective view of what the Midlands can
achieve. We are confident in our physical, economic, commercial and cultural assets – and in our people –
and our potential to contribute more to the success of UK plc.

“We believe that with the right investments in place the Midlands can raise its performance to match
global cities like Singapore, Shanghai and New York. We can grow faster and generate more wealth,
helping the government to create an economy that serves everyone well.

“The Government sets out in the Midlands Engine Strategy what more it believes we are capable of
achieving when we organise as a region and how they will support us. We will consult widely amongst
our partners, particularly among young people who will live in the future we work to create.

“We will publish an ambitious vision of the Midlands of the future. A vision of a Midlands that thinks big,
acts big, and aims higher. Through a realistic plan to make it happen.”

Alongside the Midlands Engine Strategy, the Government has also published the Midlands Transport
Strategy That identifies the key infrastructure investments that will better connect Midlands towns and
cities and deliver the extra road and rail capacity at the nation’s crossroads that whole the country
needs. Connectivity is a key theme for the Midlands Engine, playing a vital role in boosting economic

Midlands Connect, has been tasked by the Government to identify transport initiatives to unlock the
growth potential of the Midlands, presenting its final strategy to Westminster this week following 18
months of detailed, evidenced-based work. Key transport infrastructure projects have been set out,
which together have the capacity to unlock billions in untapped economic potential and create 300,000
Midlands jobs over the next two decades.

Sir John Peace said: “We sit at the heart of the UK’s transport network and therefore an investment in
this region’s transport will have a remarkable benefit to the whole country and create a positive ripple
effect to boost the development of industry, skills and infrastructure.

“This strategy will help to secure the further infrastructure funding needed to lay the groundwork for
improved connectivity across the Midlands, bringing the East and West closer together and opening the
region’s businesses to the world.”

“If this strategy is fully realised the Midlands, together with Government, has an opportunity to use HS2
as a catalyst for growth and create a transport network that can deliver a once in a generation
opportunity for long term economic success not just for us here, in the Midlands Engine, but across the

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The Marches Local Enterprise Partnership has now ceased trading and transferred all its functions to Shropshire Council working with Telford & Wrekin Council and Herefordshire Council, in line with the UK Government's plans for devolution.

The Marches LEP was established in 2011 and hands over an impressive legacy from its 13-year life. In that time the LEP invested over £196m in projects across the Marches, securing in excess of £100m of match funding and supported more than 66,000 business interactions.

The schemes supported have made tangible differences to local communities, increasing skills, creating jobs and improving the physical appearance of many towns.

We would like to thank all the LEP Board Members who have given their time freely over the life of the LEP, as well as all the staff who worked for the LEP over the years. We also want to thank our delivery partners, local education providers and local, regional and national stakeholders who helped us achieve so much.

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