Wednesday, January 28, 2015

News: LEP hosting business conference


The Sheffield City Region Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) will hold its 2015 Business Conference this week, an event that brings together business people to discuss how to boost economic growth and create jobs in the area.

LEPs are the government's model to promote economic development. A collaboration between businesses and the local authorities they provide the strategic leadership required to set out local economic priorities, and better reflect the natural economic geography of the areas they serve.

The Business Conference follows recent news that the LEP has secured a £320m "Growth Deal" for the Sheffield City Region – the result of significant effort from the local business community.

The LEP is looking to the private sector to play a big part in its plans to maximise the economic impact of the Growth Deal and as the Sheffield City Region seeks greater powers and funding from Government.

James Newman, chairman of the LEP, said: "The LEP gives local business leaders the opportunity to have more influence over the decisions that impact on our local economy. Our aim is to boost economic growth and create jobs in the Sheffield City Region and our future success depends on the ambition of our private sector to grow and grow.

"We are already working very closely with businesses from across the City Region and this Conference is an opportunity for our local private sector to come together, to take stock of our progress and set out future plans to work together to achieve our vision."

The Business Conference will include presentations from LEP Board members and other prominent business people in the City Region covering a number of areas of the LEP's work, including skills training, infrastructure investment, access to finance, European funding and inward investment.

The event takes place tomorrow (Thursday January 29) at AMRC Knowledge Transfer Centre on the Advanced Manufacturing Park (AMP) in Rotherham.

Sheffield City Region LEP website

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