The Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership is creating a Local Industrial Strategy to help improve productivity, boost businesses and protect the environment across the City Region, so everyone can feel the benefits of a strong economy.
All Local Enterprise Partnerships in England have been asked to produce a Local Industrial Strategy that will focus on bold steps aimed at driving inclusive growth, boosting productivity and improving living standards for a post-2030 economy.
Our Local Industrial Strategy will be long-term, evidence-based plans aligned to the national Industrial Strategy that will:
Strengthen economic growth and reduce disparities by boosting productivity, earning power and competitiveness
Identify local strengths and challenges, future opportunities and the actions required to improve skills, increase innovation, enhance infrastructure and create business growth
Strengthen places across the region
Guide the use of funding streams as well as funding devolved to local areas
It incorporates four grand challenges set by the Government to put the UK at the forefront of future industries, ensuring that we take advantage of major global changes, improve people’s lives and increase productivity. These are the effects of data and AI, adapting to the needs of an ageing society, clean growth, and the future of mobility through zero emission and autonomous vehicles.
Why a Local Industrial Strategy is important
Leeds City Region is a £70 billion regional economy, making it the largest contributor to UK GDP in the Northern Powerhouse and the largest regional economy outside London.
But the region’s productivity lags behind the rest of the UK, resulting in stalling living standards and fewer opportunities for people to get on in life. Closing this productivity gap is a central aim of the Local Industrial Strategy. Doing so could add a potential £11 billion extra to the economy, as well as creating better-paid jobs and offering people the chance of a better quality of life.
Help shape the Local Industrial Strategy
To develop the Local Industrial Strategy, we have brought together evidence on the City Region’s economy, looking at our businesses, how they innovate with new ideas and processes, the skills of our workforce and the state of the region’s infrastructure. We would really value your input and your opinions will help influence the findings and priorities of the Local Industrial Strategy.
The Local Industrial Strategy is being developed with stakeholders and partners to make sure that our evidence and priorities reflect real life experience. We’re working closely with the neighbouring York, North Yorkshire and East Riding Enterprise Partnership to maximise opportunities across the whole of North and West Yorkshire.
To develop the Local Industrial Strategy, we have brought together evidence on the City Region’s economy, looking at our businesses, how they innovate with new ideas and processes, the skills of our workforce and the state of the region’s infrastructure. You can download a summary of the evidence here.
There will be an opportunity for people to have a say on the draft Local Industrial Strategy in the autumn, with the final strategy expected to be submitted to Government by the end of the year.
Local Industrial Strategy news and updates
Skills drive can bridge productivity gap
12 August 2019
In a column for the Yorkshire Post, Roger Marsh OBE, chair of the LEP, argues getting the skills system right is one of the most important and powerful things we can do to improve productivity across the City Region, and help people into better, more fulfilling jobs.
Leeds to host major international MIT innovation programme
01 August 2019
Leeds and the City Region has been chosen to host a prestigious international innovation programme, in partnership with one of the world’s most famous universities, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).