Following extensive consultation with partners over 2018, we have now updated our Evidence Base and Strategic Economic Plan (SEP). Our SEP currently being finalised by the LEP Board and will help us to concentrate on the right things and ensure that we can build on the strengths of the Marches economy to attract investment into the area.
This process has allowed us to look back at what we’ve achieved since our initial plan was developed in 2014, including attracting more than £104m in Government funding to support economic growth. You can find out more about what we’ve done in our 2018 annual report.
Looking ahead, against the backdrop of the Government’s Industrial Strategy, LEPs have been tasked with developing Local Industrial Strategies (LIS) to drive economic growth and create more prosperous communities.
Our LIS will be developed in 2019 with stakeholders and will set out how we plan to boost productivity, support business to create good quality jobs and increase opportunities across the Marches through investment in skills, innovation and infrastructure. We will continue to work with businesses, education and public-sector partners to support our case to government for investment into the Marches.