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Prospect of local economic recovery 'weak' warn LEPs

15/07/2020

The majority of local leaders warn the prospect of economic recovery is poor over the next six months.

Landscape to deliver growth 'needs simplified'

26/11/2019

The head of the Institute of Economic Development has hit out at England’s ‘dazzling array of bodies and schemes’ to deliver growth that are ‘confusing even to seasoned commentators’.

Welsh growth deal worth £240m makes ‘progress’

05/11/2019

The UK and Welsh governments have signed a growth deal with local representatives that could see the creation of 4,000 jobs in the North of Wales.

LEPs ‘lack transparency’ despite receiving £12bn of Government funding

05/07/2019

The Government has ‘no real understanding’ of the impact which the Local Growth Fund has had on local economic growth despite investing £12bn of taxpayers’ money, MPs say.

Chesterfield Borough Council makes LEP membership decision

04/07/2019

Chesterfield Borough Council has decided which Local Enterprise Partnership it will stay a member of following the government's insistence all councils must not belong to more than one.

Cornwall secures Spaceport funding

05/06/2019

Cornwall is set to be home to Europe’s first 'horizontal launch' spaceport.

Whitehall accused of bribing MPs with £1.6bn Brexit fund

04/03/2019

MPs have accused the PM of trying to buy their support ahead of a key Brexit vote with the announcement of a £1.6bn fund for deprived areas of the country.

Two Yorkshire LEPs approve merger plans

23/11/2018

Two local enterprise partnerships (LEPs) in Yorkshire have approved plans to merge and create a new business-led body.

LEPs 'failing' rural communities, says campaign group

25/06/2018

Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) have been accused of having a negative effect on the countryside.

A champion for LEPs

13/03/2018

Warren Ralls explains why his appointment to the Institute of Economic Development will help bring LEPs and local authorities even closer together.

Mayor warns about 'reputational damage' caused by LEP

29/09/2017

The Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) in Cambridgeshire is causing the area ‘reputational damage’ the combined authority’s mayor has warned.

Put LEPs in charge of devolution deals, argues report

21/08/2017

Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) should be appointed as the government’s ‘deal making agent’ to speed up devolution, a new report has argued today.

New Enterprise Zones ‘go live’

05/04/2017

Twelve new Enterprise Zones have ‘gone live’, the Government has announced in a move designed to promote economic growth across the country.

Greater Birmingham & Solihull LEP named top for economic growth

01/03/2017

Greater Birmingham & Solihull's local enterprise partnership top for economic growth, according to new figures.

East of England received £365m of EU funding in one decade, study reveals

22/02/2017

Hundreds of millions of pounds of EU grant funding has been received by Norfolk and Suffolk over a 10 year period, a new study reveals.

Whitehall announces multi-million pound investment to promote local growth

03/02/2017

The communities secretary yesterday announced a multi-million pound cash boost to create jobs and local growth across London, the South East and the East of England.

Businesses unhappy with support from local councils, survey shows

12/01/2017

Seven out of ten businesses have accused councils of failing to support business growth, in a new survey of a company leaders.

LEPs must be more transparent, says pressure group

20/12/2016

There should be more transparency in how taxpayers’ money is spent by Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs), pressure group urges.

Councils say infrastructure costs are greatest barrier to inward investment

29/11/2016

The cost of providing infrastructure is the biggest barrier to development, planning experts have warned.

Devon councils back enterprise zone

11/11/2016

Plans for a business-friendly enterprise zone in Exeter and East Devon have taken a step forward with two councils agreeing to sign a memorandum of understanding with the Government.

Birmingham bids for 2026 Commonwealth Games

30/09/2016

Birmingham has declared its intention to bid for the 2026 Commonwealth Games and has called on the entire region to support it.

How regions can keep their competitive edge

30/09/2016

Tim Smith MBE argues that connectivity and collaboration are key to keeping competitive edge post-Brexit.

8,000 new jobs created in the Northern Powerhouse, minister says

27/07/2016

Enterprise zones in the north have reported the creation of 8,000 new jobs over the last four years, the Government says.

Call for LEPs to be subject local government transparency code

08/07/2016

Local enterprise partnerships (LEPs) must be covered by the Freedom of Information Act to prevent billions of pounds of taxpayers’ money being hidden from public scrutiny, the News Media Association (NMA) has said.

Securing a ‘Brexit Dividend’

07/07/2016

Glenn McCauley and Tim Padgett consider how city regions should reinvest any Brexit dividend to achieve long term sustainable growth.

Bucks to consider single unitary council

10/05/2016

Buckinghamshire will explore the possibility of creating a single unitary council in order to ‘streamline and simplify services for residents’.

Bids open for multi-billion local growth fund

23/03/2016

Local Enterprise Partnerships have been urged to bid for a share of £1.8bn funding, after the latest round of local growth funding was released.

LEPs not transparent enough warns auditors

23/03/2016

The National Audit Office (NAO) has issued a warning over the transparency of local enterprise partnerships (LEPs).

Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire unveil devolution deal

06/01/2016

Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire have published the draft plans for their devolution bid and declared 'now is the time to do the deal'.

New plan for Midlands ‘engine’ could help create 300,000 jobs

04/12/2015

A new plan to make the Midlands an ‘engine of growth’ which could help create 300,000 jobs and boost the national economy by £34bn will be unveiled today at the University of Birmingham.

Councils and LEPs sign Northern Gateway Partnership

22/10/2015

A landmark partnership to connect the Northern Powerhouse and the Midlands Engine has been agreed by seven local authorities and two Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs).

Businesses call for greater influence over devolution

12/10/2015

Businesses should have a greater role to play in the devolution of power to local authorities to deliver ‘genuine localism’ according to a new paper published today.

Norwich road price hike ‘a pointless use of public funds’, say campaigners

26/08/2015

Campaigners have criticised plans to build an ‘unnecessary road’ in Norwich after it emerged an extra £30m would need to found to get the project off the ground.

West Midlands warned it has been ‘outmanoeuvred’ by Greater Manchester

13/08/2015

The West Midlands has been ‘outmanoeuvred’ on devolution by Greater Manchester in the national push for a Northern Powerhouse, according to Birmingham’s former council leader.

Devolution of powers to the Midlands underway

07/08/2015

Derbyshire and Nottingham met yesterday with the Government to discuss proposals to devolve more power and responsibilities to the Midlands.

LEPs to shape European funding decision

06/08/2015

Local projects are being urged to apply for a share of £5bn in European funding, which will be targeted at Local Enterprise Partnership areas for the first time.

Hampshire and Isle of Wight make devolution bid

05/08/2015

A ‘landmark’ devolution deal has been proposed for Hampshire, the Isle of Wight, Portsmouth and Southampton, setting out new powers around housing, productivity, infrastructure and transformation.

Councils urged to develop Enterprise Zones plan

17/07/2015

Councils are being urged to put forward plans for new Enterprise Zones after the Government announced it was extending the scheme.

Cities urged to enter £10m Internet of Things competition

14/07/2015

Cities are being encouraged to bid for a £10m government fund to demonstrate how the Internet of Things (IoT) can benefit citizens in a city region.

LEPs need clearer planning role finds study

13/07/2015

The role Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) can play in devolution and promoting economic growth is being hindered by a lack of staff and a clear focus, a new study has found.

West Midlands Combined Authority reveals its plans

06/07/2015

The West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) has published its plans to tackle infrastructure, economic growth and public sector reform across the region.

No devolution without local business backing, says Greg Clark

26/06/2015

There will be no more devolution without the backing of business via Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs), local government secretary Greg Clark has announced.

Rocky road for Combined Authorities?

15/06/2015

Max Lempriere identifies four main challenges and lessons for councils creating Combined Authorities.

A growth case for devolution

11/06/2015

There is ‘clear evidence’ that devolution can help deliver economic growth and rebalance the economy says the LGA in a new study. Michael Burton reports on the potential boost to local economies from devolution and news of The MJ’s forthcoming seminar on the growth agenda.

Ministers have 'no plans' to reduce the number of LEPs

11/06/2015

The Government has 'no plans' to reduce the number of Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs).

Researchers rank UK’s most innovative LEPs

29/05/2015

Oxfordshire, Cambridge and Peterborough have outperformed London, Manchester and Liverpool to be named the UK’s most innovative Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs).

'One size does not fit all' for devolution plans

15/05/2015

The Government has been warned against adopting a ‘one size fits all’ devolution model, with the sector highlighting the needs of local areas in response to the Cities Devolution Bill.

Think tank calls for further devolution to LEPs

02/03/2015

Devolving greater power to Local Enterprise Partnerships could boost the economy by £144bn, a report from think tank Localis is arguing.

Pickles attacks ‘corrosive’ lobbying by local enterprise partnerships

23/02/2015

Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) will soon be banned from hiring lobbyists to win government grants, after communities secretary Eric Pickles claimed the practice ‘undermines transparency’.

Growth Deals expanded with £1bn injection

29/01/2015

The Government has invested a further £1bn in local Growth Deals, in moves Nick Clegg claims mark ‘the death of the culture where Whitehall calls the shots’.

Funding package for Tees Valley Growth Deal agreed

21/11/2014

A £190m funding package to regenerate the Tees Valley economy has been signed off by the Government.

Report: Freedom, flexibility and long-term thinking key to closing north-south divide

17/11/2014

Councils would have a better chance of closing the north-south divide if Government gave growth initiatives enough time to prove themselves and allowed areas the freedom to adapt schemes to local circumstances.

The 39 LEPs?

14/11/2014

Having replaced the Regional Development Agencies in 2010, Dan Peters examines the likely role and future of LEPs.

Tees Valley unveils ambition to form combined authority

14/11/2014

Proposals have been launched to create a combined authority in Tees Valley designed to boost investment in the area and give it a ‘stronger voice’.

LEP goes live with Dot London

07/11/2014

The London Enterprise Panel (LEP) has become the first mayoral body to adopt a Dot London web domain.

London backs £70m local growth programme

31/10/2014

A £70m plan to use New Homes Bonus cash to boost economic growth and employment has been green lit by London leaders.

Digital engagement

17/09/2014

The economy is on the up but sustainable growth needs sustained local engagement: could digital engagement be the answer?

Calls for LEPs shake up amid ‘widespread confusion’ over purpose

03/09/2014

A major shake up of Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) must take place to address ‘widespread confusion’ surrounding their role, groups have warned.

Core Cities and LEPs unite to boost business

31/07/2014

England’s largest cities have partnered with eight Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) to boost national support for businesses.

Programme managing LEPs to success

17/07/2014

Why LEPS and their partner councils should ensure that a programme-based approach to delivery is implemented.

Government reveals billion pound local investment plan

07/07/2014

Ministers have revealed plans for £6bn of funding for regions to invest in housing, transport infrastructure, faster broadband and skills training.

Government bureaucracy 'holding back growth', councils claim

03/07/2014

Council efforts to boost growth are being 'hamstrung' by a 'complex maze of bureaucracy' surrounding applications for government growth funding, chiefs claim.

Not much detail in Adonis report

03/07/2014

It’s great to see the two major political parties fighting it out for the most localist title - both acknowledging that the English state has been far too centralised for far too long.

Heseltine dismisses LEPS concerns

01/07/2014

The coalition’s growth guru Lord Heseltine has dismissed concerns about local enterprise partnerships’ (LEP) lack of accountability.

Labour unveils devolution plan for major cities

01/07/2014

Labour has today outlined plans to devolve over £30bn of funding to local regions in a bid to tackle Britain’s ‘fractured economy’.

Cambridge tops business growth league table

27/06/2014

The city of Cambridge is the best place for business growth in the UK according to a new league table.

Spotlight turns on LEPs

25/06/2014

Local growth has recently been the focus of unprecedented attention, but what lies ahead for the local bodies charged with boosting the regional economy? Thomas Bridge reports.

Make it world class, not just best in class

19/06/2014

If Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) want to be the bodies behind growth at a local level, they need to think internationally

Strategic planning battleground between districts and LEPs

03/06/2014

District councils have called on the Government to ‘rein back the mission creep of unelected local enterprise partnerships (LEPs)’ over strategic planning.

LEPs should see radical overhaul, report says

09/05/2014

Labour’s former treasury and housing minister has called for a radical and accelerated devolution of power to Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs).

LEPs failing ‘resilience’ test warns think tank

08/05/2014

Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) are failing to plan for long-term success, instead choosing to pursue short-term growth, according to a new report from a think tank.

LEPs branded ‘unaccountable’ by council leaders

06/05/2014

County councils have expressed concern that Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPS) are impenetrable, under funded and lack transparency.

Report: LEPs too focused on ‘narrow idea of economic success’

16/04/2014

Local enterprise partnerships must broaden their focus if they are to deliver a lasting economic impact, according to a new report.

LEP row exposed by leaked emails

31/03/2014

Strained relationships between members of a local enterprise partnership (LEP) have been exposed by leaked emails.

Lords chosen to support Growth Deal talks

22/01/2014

Lord Heseltine and Lord Shipley have been appointed to support negotiations for Local Growth Deals with Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs).

Local growth funding plummeted in transition to LEPs, NAO reports

06/12/2013

Ministers have defended the Coalition’s progress at driving local economic growth programmes following a spending watchdog report which found the transition to Local Enterprise Partnerships was 'not orderly' and led to a massive drop in spending.

Give LEPs greater housing role, CIH urges Exchequer

22/11/2013

LEPs should be instructed to maximise the role of housing in boosting local economic growth, CIH advises.

Pickles hits out at counties over LEPs

18/11/2013

Eric Pickles told county leaders it was their own fault if LEPs were unaccountable and a mystery to the public.

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