Friday, 14 January 2011 15:28

Another LEP unveiled for north-east

Written by  Ruralcity Media
Another LEP unveiled for north-east

THE government has confirmed another local enterprise partnership for the north-east of England.

The partnership, covering seven local authority areas, joins the 27 partnerships announced since the government's local growth White Paper was published last autumn.

A partnership for the Tees Valley area has already been invited to put its governance arrangements in place. The announcement means the entire north-east region is now covered by two local enterprise partnerships.

Local enterprise partnerships bring together local business and civic leaders, working to support their local economy.

They will operate within a geography that reflects natural economic areas and will provide the vision, knowledge and strategic leadership needed to drive sustainable private sector growth and job creation in their area.

Business minister Mark Prisk said the north-eastern partnership would will play a crucial role in driving local economic growth across the country and creating a strong environment for business.

"We are continuing to assess proposals for further partnerships across England, so that soon more local communities will benefit from the knowledge and expertise of the private sector and the opportunities that growth brings."

Decentralisation minister Greg Clark said the establishment of the latest local enterprise partnership was crucial.

"It is a testament to local ambition and ingenuity, and proof that central government does not need to micromanage. The ball is now in their court to work for the people of the North East, alongside the Tees Valley partnership.

"Local enterprise partnerships will bring people together - local authorities from across administrative divides, business leaders and civic leaders - in a common goal: to promote jobs, growth and prosperity in their local area."

Business leaders have also established a North East Economic Partnership (NEEP) to work on issues of strategic importance across the region to look at and promote co-operation between the two LEPs.

This is an independent forum, which the government supports. But it is not a local enterprise partnership and therefore did not need government approval.

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