Mark Prisk meets with West of England and heart of South West local enterprise partnerships
- Published on Tuesday, 12 April 2011 16:40
- Posted by Scott Buckler
Business Minister Mark Prisk has had his first meeting with local enterprise partnerships in the West Country and South West of England today(April 12th)
He met with the West of England LEP Board at Airbus in Filton this morning, to hear about the progress the partnership has made in appointing its board and the main objectives and priorities it hopes to address.
During his roundtable with the partnership and local business leaders, they discussed how the partnership could drive growth in the local economy. The LEP covers Bristol, South Gloucestershire and North Somerset.
This afternoon, the Minister visited Exeter College, where he met the Heart of the South West LEP, which covers Devon and areas of Somerset.
Mark Prisk said:
“Meeting with these two local enterprise partnerships was valuable in helping me to understand what the local challenges are and how the partnerships’ vision will help to address them.
“The representatives I met have exceptional local knowledge and we discussed their ideas for the future. I have every confidence that they will be a success and look forward to hearing more about their progress.
“I have now met 13 local enterprise partnerships and will be meeting more across England in the coming weeks and months to hear about their concerns, their successes and most importantly how they plan to make a contribution to economic growth in their area.”
The West of England local enterprise partnership is one of the first 24 that were announced in October when the Government published its white paper on local growth. The Heart of South West partnership was announced last month.
Local enterprise partnerships bring together local business and civic leaders, working to support their local economy. They will 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.