The Government has today (Monday 27 November) published its Industrial Strategy white paper, which sets out a long-term plan to boost the productivity and earning power of people throughout the UK.
Responding to the white paper, Chris Starkie, Chief Executive of New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership, said:
“At its heart, the Industrial Strategy focuses on driving skills, improving infrastructure and creating a supportive environment in which businesses can flourish. That’s a view which we support and welcome.
“The five foundations of ideas, people, infrastructure, business environment and places align closely with the priority themes identified in the Economic Strategy for Norfolk and Suffolk, which was launched earlier in the autumn. We’re pleased to see continued focus on making the most of our world-leading sectors to promote growth and investment, a drive to improve productivity and to address skills shortages.
“We’re pleased to see that the Industrial Strategy affirms the Government’s commitment to Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs), including establishing a biannual ‘Council of LEP Chairs’ which will be chaired by the Prime Minister.
“We welcome the Government’s review of the roles and responsibilities of LEPs and we are already holding discussions with them about it. Led by our Board, we are currently undertaking a review of our own governance and we fully embrace Government’s desire to strengthen leadership, accountability and reporting.
“We also very much welcome the commitment in the Industrial Strategy to Growth Hubs and the role they play in delivering business support in the local economy.”
You can find out more about the Industrial Strategy here