New Director takes the helm
Katie Trout takes on the role of Director of GBSLEP this week. Having being involved with the LEP since 2010, Katie is looking forward to building on the strong partnership working which is helping deliver record jobs and economic growth in the area.
“I’m really excited to take on the role of Director of GBSLEP. I’ve been closely involved with the LEP since its inception and was part of the team that developed the original proposal to Government to form a LEP back in 2010. Since then, I have helped the LEP to develop from being a partnership with no funding, no powers and limited influence to one that is setting the strategy for economic growth for the area, has negotiated a £379m Growth Deal with Government and developed a £275m Enterprise Zone Investment Plan.
“The results of our strategy are now being felt on the ground with Local Growth Fund investments progressing in Solihull, East Staffordshire, Cannock Chase and Birmingham. The Growth Hub has been established to signpost businesses to support and finance to help them grow and local people are being supported into local jobs through a collaboration with the Department for Work and Pensions. The Institute for Translational Medicine, part funded through our City Deal, is putting Greater Birmingham on the map for clinical trials and the number of cranes in the city centre is testament to the confidence in the economy that the Enterprise Zone has helped to support.
“I am incredibly proud of what the GBSLEP has achieved and the strength of partnership working between the public, private and education sectors that has underpinned recent growth in the economy. This is not only been seen locally, but also across the Combined Authority area, the broader West Midlands and the Midlands Engine.
“As GBSLEP Director I am looking forward to building on these successes and helping to address the issues that are holding back our growth. A key focus of mine will be to work together with partners to create an employer-led skills system that responds to the needs of businesses and provides local people with the skills they need to access jobs within the GBSLEP area.
“I would like to thank Mike Carr who, as Programme Delivery Director, has driven the LEP forward over the past year and built strong foundations for delivering our Growth Deal.
“I look forward to working with many of you over the coming weeks and months and helping Greater Birmingham and Solihull to realise its full potential.”