Business Minister tours North West local enterprise partnerships and small businesses

Published on Thursday, 17 March 2011 15:03
Posted by Scott Buckler

Business Minister Mark Prisk is spending two days in Manchester, Cheshire and Liverpool to discuss plans for local economic growth and business support


Today (Thursday 16th March) he met with the local enterprise partnerships for Greater Manchester and Cheshire & Warrington. At the meeting with the Cheshire & Warrington partnership, the Minister announced that the Government had confirmed the chair and board.

While in Manchester he will also give a speech to the North West Business Forum, before going on to visit EA technology’s site near Ellesemere Port and then to a meeting with the Knowsley Chamber of Commerce.

Tomorrow (Friday) the Business Minister will be in Liverpool for a meeting with the Liverpool City Region local enterprise partnership. He is taking part in two business roundtables: one on exports, trade and investment, and another on how Liverpool is beating the recession.

Mark Prisk said:

Local enterprise partnerships are key to enabling local communities to thrive and will play a very significant role in boosting growth. The partnerships I’ve met in the last two days are very good example of partnerships that have got off the ground quickly. They are all planning their work on their priorities, which include rebalancing the economy from the public to the private sector, by addressing skills, business support and infrastructure.

“We want to hand over power to from Whitehall to local people, local businesses and local communities – the people who are best placed to drive forward change for the better in their areas.”

While in Liverpool the Business Minister will also be attending the Federation of Small Businesses conference at the BT Convention Centre.

Local Enterprise Partnerships are locally led and driven. A total of 31 partnerships have been approved across England and each are now working on plans for how they will proceed, communicating with businesses in their areas. Cheshire & Warrington is the sixth local enterprise partnership to have formally confirmed their chair and board, and many are operating with interim boards and chairs in place.

The partnerships bring together local business and civic leaders, working to support their local economy. They operate within a geography that reflects natural economic areas and will provide the vision, knowledge and strategic leadership needed to drive sustainable private sector growth and job creation in their area.

Source: BIS

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