Cllr Richard Grosvenor, Andy Street, Cllr Steve Claymore and Cllr Mike Wilcox

Lichfield District Council has been lifting the lid on local issues affecting economic growth.

Cllr Richard Grosvenor, Andy Street, Cllr Steve Claymore and Cllr Mike Wilcox

The local authority welcomed Andy Street, Chair of the Greater Birmingham & Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership (GBSLEP).

“The way the local authorities work together has been critical to the success of the GBSLEP to date,” said Mr Street.

“It is important that the local authorities see the benefits of being part of the LEP and I have been keen to make the point that we are already seeing things happen on the ground.

“Southern Staffordshire businesses can access a host of business support programmes through the Central Business Portal and schemes, such as the Advanced Manufacturing Supply Chain Initiative, Business Development Programme and Growing Places, are having an impact.”

Following the meeting, Andy Street went on to give a presentation to councillors from across southern Staffordshire. He offered an overview of what it means to be part of the Greater Birmingham & Solihull LEP and the benefits it will bring locally and to the wider region.

Councillor Mike Wilcox, Leader of Lichfield District Council, said: “As a member of the LEP, it’s really important that we give our first hand experiences of the issues that we are facing and on how we are working to support our local entrepreneurs.

“Business innovation and growth is vital. It is great to be in a LEP that is so committed to working with us to encourage economic development within southern Staffordshire. We’d like to thank Andy for taking the time to meet with the leaders and our councillors, and look forward to working as part of the LEP in the future.”


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