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Lichfield District Council signs up to Local Enterprise Partnership

Lichfield District Council has signed up to a new partnership with local authorities and business from across the region.

The Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) will also cover Birmingham, Solihull, Lichfield, Tamworth and East Staffordshire.

The move came ahead of the Government’s deadline for local authorities and businesses to submit joint proposals on the formation of LEPs, which will in part replace some of the roles and functions of existing regional development agencies.

Councillor Mike Wilcox, Leader of Lichfield District Council, said:

“We are delighted to be joining forces with business leaders and councils across Birmingham, Solihull, Tamworth, Burton and neighbouring areas to drive forward this new Local Economic Partnership.

“Sitting just north of the Birmingham conurbation, our businesses’ prosperity, community vibrancy and economic growth are all intrinsically linked. By coming together we can work jointly to address common challenges, and present new and more wide-reaching solutions.

“Our ultimate aim will be to stimulate economic growth, new and varied jobs, and business opportunities across the partnership area and beyond, and we’re looking forward to playing a pivotal role in this. So that we can get the most benefit for our district, we are also looking to join the Stoke on Trent and Staffordshire LEP.”

Among the aims of the LEP Are to:

  • Increase economic output in the area by £8.25 billion by 2020.
  • Create 100,000 private sector jobs by 2020.
  • Stimulate growth in the business stock, survival rates and business profitability.
  • Boost indigenous and inward investment.
  • Achieve global leadership in key sectors, including: automotive assembly, low carbon research and development, transport and building technologies, business, professional and financial services, clinical trials, creative and digital sectors.
  • Build a world class workforce with the skills needed to achieve our ambitions while dramatically reducing worklessness.

Ian Hedley, Leader of Solihull Council, added:

“This offers us a great opportunity to work together as partners – businesses and local authorities – to make a real difference. Combining Solihull’s strengths with those of Birmingham, and with our partners in East Staffordshire, Lichfield and Tamworth, and with the talent and ambition in our businesses and communities – will let us achieve far more together than we could do alone.”

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