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York and North Yorkshire and Enterprise M3 join local enterprise partnership network

The new local enterprise partnerships for York and North Yorkshire and Enterprise M3 were approved today by Decentralisation Minister, Greg …

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The new local enterprise partnerships for York and North Yorkshire and Enterprise M3 were approved today by Decentralisation Minister, Greg Clark and Minister for Business, Mark Prisk.

They join the 28 partnerships formed since the Government’s Local Growth White Paper was published in October last year. Ministers believe this shows clearly the local enthusiasm for partnerships and a real ambition to renew growth from the ground up. The thirty local enterprise partnerships now cover over seventy per cent of England’s population - 1.4m businesses and 16m employees.

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.

York and North Yorkshire aims to secure investment for next generation broadband, promote enterprise and support its important tourist economy and food and agricultural sectors.

Enterprise M3 - covering parts of Hampshire and Surrey - has a population of 1m and £25bn economic area built around IT, financial services and research and development. It aims to continue its sustainable economic growth, attracting, retaining and creating businesses locally improving skills, broadband coverage and transport links.

Greg Clark said:

Congratulations to York and North Yorkshire, and Enterprise M3 for becoming the latest local enterprise partnerships to be invited to put their board in place.

Our local enterprise partnership network continues to spread across the country showing that there is real local enthusiasm, ambition and ingenuity, and proof that central government does not need to micromanage our grassroots economic growth.

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.

Mark Prisk added:

I am pleased that we are able to ask another two local enterprise partnerships to appoint their boards. The partnerships have an important role to play in driving local economic growth 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.

Notes to editors

1. The boundary of the York and North Yorkshire Partnership covers an area with a population of 796,600 comprises the local authority areas of:

  • York

  • North Yorkshire

  • Craven

  • Hambleton

  • Harrogate

  • Richmondshire

  • Ryedale

  • Scarborough

  • Selby

2. The boundary of the Enterprise M3 Partnership covers an area with a population of 1,115,500 comprises the local authority areas of:

  • Basingstoke and Deane
  • Hampshire
  • Hart
  • Rushmoor
  • Surrey Heath
  • Test Valley
  • Winchester
  • East Hampshire
  • Woking
  • Guildford
  • Waverley

3. 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 North East partnership has been asked to set up its board and progress its proposals to the next stage. It joins the 28 partnerships approved since January. The total 30 now approved are:

  • Black Country
  • Birmingham and Solihull with E. Staffordshire, Lichfield and Tamworth
  • Cheshire and Warrington
  • Coast to Capital
  • Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly
  • Coventry and Warwickshire
  • Cumbria
  • Enterprise M3
  • Gt. Cambridge and Gt. Peterborough
  • Greater Manchester
  • Hertfordshire
  • Kent, Greater Essex and East Sussex
  • Leeds City Region
  • Leicester and Leicestershire
  • Lincolnshire
  • Liverpool City Region
  • New Anglia
  • North Eastern
  • Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, Derby and Derbyshire
  • Oxfordshire City Region
  • Sheffield City Region
  • Solent
  • South East Midlands
  • Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire
  • Tees Valley
  • Thames Valley Berkshire
  • The Marches
  • West of England
  • Worcestershire
  • York and North Yorkshire

4. A map of approved local enterprise partnerships is available from:

5. 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. The letter is available to donwload here:

6. 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

7. Revised proposals from partnerships which have not yet been approved will be welcomed by Government as they become ready.


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Published 10 February 2011