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LEP green light hailed as ‘fantastic news’ by Lichfield District Council leader

Cllr Richard Grosvenor (Leader of East Staffordshire BC), Cllr Mike Whitby (Leader of Birmingham City Council), Cllr Ian Hedley (Leader of Solihull Council), Cllr Mike Wilcox (Leader of LDC) and Cllr Steve Claymore, Tamworth Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Economic Enterprise)

Cllr Richard Grosvenor (Leader of East Staffordshire BC), Cllr Mike Whitby (Leader of Birmingham City Council), Cllr Ian Hedley (Leader of Solihull Council), Cllr Mike Wilcox (Leader of LDC) and Cllr Steve Claymore, Tamworth Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Economic Enterprise)

The decision to give the go-ahead to a new Local Enterprise Partnership for the region has been hailed as “fantastic news” by the leader of Lichfield District Council.

The announcement will see city representatives join business and local authority leaders from Birmingham, Solihull, East Staffordshire and Tamworth to try and drive economic growth in the area.

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

“This is fantastic news. We are delighted the partnership has been given the go-ahead, and are looking forward to working with business leaders and councils across Birmingham, Solihull, Tamworth, Burton and neighbouring areas to drive this new Local Economic Partnership (LEP) forward.

“As our prosperity, community vibrancy and economic growth are linked, by coming together we can work 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.”

The Government called on business leaders and local authorities to create LEPs that cover natural local economies, with the intention of them encouraging economic development and enterprise and improving skills.

However, less than half of the 56 areas in England that put together proposals for LEPs have been approved.

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