Joint Working Protocol with Worcestershire, Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire LEPs

Posted by lepadmin - October 30, 2014 - Better Regulation, Business, Economic performance, Enterprise Zone, Inward Investment, LEP Formation, Newsroom, People, Place, Planning, Skills, Strategy For Growth, Uncategorized - No Comments

The Greater Birmingham & Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership (GBSLEP) has entered agreements with two other West Midlands local enterprise partnerships (LEPs) confirming a commitment to work together for increased economic growth for the region.

GBS LEP took part in a signing on Wednesday 29 October 2014 in Birmingham,  with chairs from the Stoke & Staffordshire LEP (SSLEP) and the Worcestershire LEP (WLEP).

The Joint Protocol formalises a newly agreed approach, to work on a range of projects and initiatives for the mutual benefit of the wider region.

The LEPs have previously cooperated on a number of schemes due to the fact that there are shared overlapping geographical areas that fall under more than one LEP, for example, key transport infrastructure and strategic economic plans.

Successful joint initiatives to date have included major transport infrastructure improvements. For example, the aligning of the Growing Places Funding to support the Hoobrook Link Road in Kidderminster to alleviate traffic congestion and open up significant employment and housing land opportunities on the South Kidderminster Enterprise Park.

The protocols formalise the process and demonstrate a commitment to this working together to maximise opportunities for businesses across the West Midlands, while critically minimising complexity and any duplication of effort.

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(L-R) Peter Pawsey – executive chairman of the Worcestershire LEP, Andy Street – chairman for the GBSLEP and David Frost – chairman of the SSLEP

The new working relationship shares a number of common interests including:

  • Strengthening economic growth and job creation .
  • Formalises an arrangement going forward to benefit the long term prosperity of the region.
  • Working closely to identify potential joint projects and opportunities and make recommendations on the approach and management of each initiative.

For more information on the agreed protocols view here