He met with the newly-appointed Greater Cambridge and Greater Peterborough partnership in Cambridge to hear about the progress the partnership has made in appointing its board and the main objectives and priorities the partnership hopes to address.
During his roundtable with board members and local business leaders of the local enterprise partnership, they discussed how the partnership can support business growth and improve infrastructure in the region.
Mark Prisk said:
“Meeting with the Greater Cambridge and Greater Peterborough local enterprise partnership was valuable in helping me to understand what the local challenges are and how the partnership’s vision will help to address them.
“The representatives I met have exceptional local knowledge and we discussed their ideas for the future. I have every confidence that this partnership will be a success and look forward to hearing more about its progress.
“I want to meet more local enterprise partnerships to hear about their concerns, their successes and most importantly how they plan to make a contribution to economic growth in their area.”
Neville Reyner CBE DL, Chair of the Greater Cambridge and Greater Peterborough partnership, said:
“We are pleased to see Mark Prisk here in Cambridge today to update him on the progress of the Greater Cambridge Greater Peterborough Local Enterprise Partnership following on from our first official board meeting last week. I look forward to hearing his views from Whitehall.”
The Greater Cambridge and Greater Peterborough local enterprise partnership is one of the first 24 that were announced in October when the Government published its white paper on local growth.
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.
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The Greater Cambridge and Greater Peterborough local enterprise partnership consists of 1,325,600 residents and 56,7550 active enterprises (so 42.8 enterprises per 1,000 residents). It has 628,700 residents in employment (aged 16-64) and an unemployment rate of about 6.2%. The public sector accounts for 18.9% of employee jobs.
In September 2010 the Government received 62 responses to its invitation to form local enterprise partnerships. Proposals covered every part of England outside London. Today the Heart of the South West partnership has been asked to set up its board and progress its proposals to the next stage. It joins the 31 partnerships approved since October. The total 32 now approved are:
- Black Country
- Birmingham & Solihull with E. Staffordshire, Lichfield & Tamworth
- Cheshire and Warrington
- Coast to Capital
- Cornwall & the Isles of Scilly
- Coventry & Warwickshire
- Enterprise M3
- Gt. Cambridge & Gt. Peterborough
- Greater Manchester
- Kent, Greater Essex & East Sussex
- Leeds City Region
- Leicester & Leicestershire
- Liverpool City Region
- New Anglia
- North Eastern
- Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, Derby, & Derbyshire
- Oxfordshire City Region
- Sheffield City Region
- South East Midlands
- Stoke-on-Trent & Staffordshire
- Tees Valley
- Thames Valley Berkshire
- The Heart of the South West
- The Marches
- West of England
- York and North Yorkshire
- Taken together, these 32 partnerships represent:
- 1.8m or 90% of all businesses (active enterprises) in England
- 21m employees (employee jobs figures) or 91% of all employees in England and;
- A population of 47m or 90% of England’s population.
A map of approved local enterprise partnerships is available from http://geocommons.com/maps/32888
Proposals for partnerships were assessed in line with the expectations set out in the 29 June 2010 letter from the Business Secretary and the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government: http://www.bis.gov.uk/assets/biscore/regional/docs/10-1026-final-letter-local-enterprise-partnerships
Specifically, the Local Growth White Paper proposes that local enterprise partnerships will be able to consider a diverse range of roles, reflecting the differing local priorities in different areas, including:
- working with Government to set out key investment priorities, including transport infrastructure;
- coordinating proposals or bidding directly for the Regional Growth Fund;
- supporting high growth businesses, for example through involvement in bids to run the new growth hubs;
- participation in the development of national planning policy and ensuring business is involved in the consideration of
strategic planning applications;
- lead changes in how businesses are regulated locally;
- strategic housing delivery, including pooling and aligning funding streams;
- working with local employers, Jobcentre Plus and learning providers to help local workless people into jobs;
- coordinating approaches to leverage funding from the private sector;
- exploring opportunities for developing incentives on renewable energy projects and Green Deal;
- involvement in the delivery of other national priorities such as digital infrastructure
Revised proposals from partnerships which have not yet been approved will be welcomed by Government as they become ready_. _
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