Katie Trout, Director, GBSLEP Comments on the Modern Industrial Strategy

Commenting on the Modern Industrial Strategy, Katie Trout, Director of the Greater Birmingham and Solihull LEP, said:Katie Trout, Director of GBSLEP

“We welcome the launch of the Green Paper, and particularly Government’s recognition of the importance of collaborating with the regions to develop a modern industrial strategy.

“As a business-led partnership, we have a keen insight into the needs of our people and our industries. Our Strategic Economic Plan, published in November, forms the basis of our thinking and corresponds with many of the key pillars Government raises today. It sets out a plan for Greater Birmingham to be recognised as a top global city region, and recognises the importance of realising the full potential of our strengths and assets in key sectors and technologies as part of that journey.

“Government’s focus on two areas – sectors and skills – is especially welcome. We have globally competitive industries including automotive and aerospace, low carbon transport and medical technologies, and we look forward to working with our industry and academic partners and Government partners, to deliver new sector deals to develop industries for the future. Our skills challenges have been our Achilles heel, a real barrier to people’s inclusion in a fast-changing economy and ultimately a barrier to driving up living standards. Putting this right must also be a key priority.

“We look forward to working with Government throughout the consultation and to playing a leading role in delivering this strategy for the benefit of UK plc.”