CRC report "makes a solid business case for the evolution of LEPs" says LEP Network Chair
Following publication of today's Covid Recovery Commission Report from some of the UK's top business leaders, Chair of the LEP Network, Mark Bretton said:
“The LEP Network welcomes the CRC’s recognition of the vital role LEPs play and the call to evolve that role to help deliver their National Prosperity Plan. The CRC’s final report lands at a critical time for the villages, towns and cities in every region of the country as we enable them to grow their local economies and unlock their potential with the stimulus and direction that today’s plan maps out. Making a solid business case for the evolution of LEPs as part of that plan matches that ambition, and coincides with the LEP Review which is considering the evolved role of LEPs.
“The report underpins what’s unique about LEPs, and that those functions are valued by business leaders and should be included as part of the government’s review of LEPs. This would exploit their uniqueness - their apolitical approach, their brokering and convening capability, their strength of place, and ability to forge consensus where there may be none – as vital factors needed if we are to achieve the ambitions in the government’s Plan for Growth”.
A copy of the report is available here.