Positive impact of £1billion Government Growth Deal in the Leeds City Region
Published 6 October 2017
Roger Marsh OBE, Chair of the Leeds City Region LEP, recently gave a key note speech at the West Yorkshire Economic Growth Conference. During this speech he spoke about the possibility of devolution for Yorkshire and the impact of the Government’s £1 billion Growth Deal in the Leeds City Region.
The theme of the event was “our region’s future starts now” – a familiar subject as the LEP and West Yorkshire Combined Authority look ahead to the changes that will shape the region over the coming months and years.
Our region’s future starts now
The LEP Growth Service is helping 2,000 businesses a year become more productive by providing a single point of contact for support to overcome common barriers to growth – such as access to finance, skills, innovation, energy efficiency or international trade.
They’re helping to build the talented workforce of the future through their Enterprise Advisers programme, which has enabled 21,000 interactions between local school pupils and business leaders – a proven driver of academic and career success.
Amazing new college facilities to improve skills development
In addition to this, the impact of the £1bn Growth Deal with the Government is now being felt. Recently completed developments include the second phase of Leeds City College’s Printworks campus, offering amazing new facilities to improve skills development in STEM subjects, digital, ICT and catering; the Northern Dental Education Centre (NORDEC) in Bradford which opened last Friday, yet another example of our region’s strengths in healthcare innovation; and the Wakefield Eastern Relief Road, funded through the Combined Authority’s £1bn Transport Fund.
Projects getting underway shortly include a new Construction Innovation Centre at Leeds College of Building; the refurbishment of the iconic Bradford Odeon as a new live music venue for the region; and the next phase of the Tackling Fuel Poverty programme, which is already supporting almost 1,200 households across the City Region out of fuel poverty and will now deliver an additional £1m of support in Calderdale and Kirklees.