Heart of South West joins local enterprise partnership network
- Published on Thursday, 31 March 2011 14:04
- Posted by Scott Buckler
A new local enterprise partnership for part of the South West of England was approved today by Minister for Business, Mark Prisk, and Decentralisation Minister, Greg Clark(March 31st)
The Heart of the South West local enterprise partnership covers Devon, Plymouth, Exeter, Torbay and Somerset. It joins the 31 partnerships announced since the Government’s Local Growth White Paper was published in October last year.
The Heart of the South West partnership proposal was agreed after separate bids from Devon and Somerset were not approved by ministers. The partnership announced today covers a large economic area and will be able to establish good working relationships with neighbouring partnerships in Dorset, Cornwall and the West of England.
Mark Prisk said:
“I’m delighted that we are able to ask another local enterprise partnership to appoint its board and join the growing network. The Heart of the South West partnership has a strong business focus with vital support from the local universities.
“As someone who grew up in the South West I understand how diverse the region’s economies are and I am pleased the different partnerships across the South West are committing to working together. I’m confident the new partnership will play a crucial role in driving local economic growth and creating a strong environment for business.
“We are continuing to assess proposals for further partnerships in areas which are currently not represented. I want all local communities to benefit from the knowledge and expertise of the private sector and the opportunities that growth brings.”
Greg Clark added:
“Congratulations to Devon, Plymouth, Torbay and Somerset for making Heart of the South West the 32nd local enterprise partnership to be invited to put their board in place. They can now throw their hat in the ring for the competition to be one of our next ten Enterprise Zones and all the business benefits they can bring.
“Our local enterprise partnership network continues to spread across the country showing that there is real local enthusiasm, ambition and ingenuity, and proof that central government does not need to micromanage our grassroots economic growth.”
Local enterprise 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 provide the vision, knowledge and strategic leadership needed to drive sustainable private sector growth and job creation in their area.