Statement from Andy Street, Chairman of the Greater Birmingham & Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership regarding the West Midlands Devolution Deal
Andy Street, chairman of the Greater Birmingham & Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership, said: “The announcement today of a West Midlands Devolution Deal is hugely welcome. Building on the collaboration demonstrated by the Greater Birmingham & Solihull, Black Country and Coventry & Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnerships it reflects genuine teamwork between Government, the local authorities and business. It has many impressive features, among which confirmation that the city centre Enterprise Zone will be extended around the Curzon St HS2 terminal is important. The proposed Deal will also support the delivery of the wider HS2 Growth Strategy; critical to realising all the benefits of this once in a generation investment.
“Critically, the Deal will not just support infrastructure but also seek to address key supply-side elements of the economy: improving skills levels through the devolution of 19+ adults skills funding, enhancing business support through a new devolved approach and delivering a more integrated model for investment and trade. Taken together, this Deal will support the West Midlands to maximise its areas of strength and address its challenges, so having a major impact on the local economy and cementing our leadership of the national recovery.”
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