Document Library

This section provides a resource of documents relating to the activity of the LEP.

EU Funding Strategy Consultation

The draft for the EU Funding Strategy for the GBSLEP is now available for download.

EU Funding Strategy

Strategy for Growth

The Strategy for Growth: Delivering Growth is available for download. To find out more about the background to the strategy, click here.

Strategy for Growth

Enterprise Zone Prospectus

The Prospectus for the Birmingham City Centre Enterprise Zone which was launched by the Chancellor of the Exchequer in February 2013 is now available for download.

EZ Prospectus

Growing Places Gap Funding Programme

The Growing Places Gap Funding Programme provides grants of up to 30% of total project cost to support capital projects that require a small injection of gap funding to unlock stalled development sites.

Gap Funding Guidance Notes Gap Funding Application Form

Growing Places Phase 2

The next phase of the GBS LEP Growing Places Investment Fund is now open. The £9 million Capital Programme provides a wider funding offer that includes access to loans and equity/mezzanine funds that will help kick-start stalled development sites and accelerate economic growth.
In addition, the LEP is launching a £1.2m Revenue Programme to support pump priming activities, such as Master Planning and Feasibility Studies that have the potential to create Capital projects in the near future.

Enterprise Zone Investment Plan

The Birmingham City Centre Enterprise Zone Investment Plan is now available for download.

Download EZ Investment Plan

Greater Birmingham City Deal

The City Deal document titled ‘Greater Birmingham: a city-region powered by technological innovation’ published on July 5 2012 is now available for download.

Download City Deal

Annual Report 2011-12

This is the first Annual Report of the LEP, launched on June 27 2012 at the Annual General Meeting.

Download Annual Report

 

The formation of the LEP

This is the letter from the Secretaries of State for Communities and Business calling on local councils and businesses to come together to form LEPs.

Download Letter

This was our response:

Download Letter

with our bid on 6th September 2010.

Download Bid

Localism and Growth

The Localism Bill was introduced to Parliament on 13 December 2010. The Government states that it wants to shift power from central government back into the hands of individuals, communities and councils. Provisions in the Bill include reform of the planning system and the introduction of directly elected mayors.

Further details can be seen here:
http://www.communities.gov.uk/localgovernment/decentralisation/localismbill/

The Government’s overview of LEPs can be found on the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills website at:

http://www.bis.gov.uk/policies/economic-development/leps

On 28th October 2010, BIS launched its White Paper on Local Growth: realising every place’s potential. This included its proposal for a Regional Growth Fund.

The Regional Growth Fund (RGF) is a £1.4bn fund operating across England from 2011 to 2014. It supports projects and programmes that lever private sector investment creating economic growth and sustainable employment. It aims particularly to help those areas and communities currently dependent on the public sector to make the transition to sustainable private sector-led growth and prosperity.

http://www.bis.gov.uk/policies/economic-development/local-growth-white-paper

Details of Greater Birmingham and Solihull LEP’s work on the RGF, including successful first round bids can be found within the Big Issues page.

More details on the RGF are available on the BIS website:

http://www.bis.gov.uk/policies/economic-development/regional-growth-fund

Governance

Company

Our Partnership has been established as a Company limited by guarantee and not having a share capital. The formal objectives of the company are highlighted in About.

You can download a full copy of the Articles of Association here.

Board Meetings

We will publish the agendas and minutes of all Board meetings here.

Development Board

Prior to the full Board being recruited and starting its work on 8 June 2011, a Development Board was established to oversee the creation of GBSLEP. Its Terms of References can be read here.