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Lincolnshire LEP Full Steam Ahead

08 February 2011 Comments

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The Government has green-lighted a Lincolnshire LEP

Lincolnshire’s businesses, organisations and the local authority can work even closer together to drive sustainable economic growth and create new jobs.

That’s the message from Lincolnshire County Council and its local business partners as they reacted positively to the Government’s announcement to take their Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) bid forward.

Lincolnshire’s bid – Prosperity through Growth – will now be developed into a more detailed Prospectus. This will set out the joint priorities of local businesses and the public sector, strongly supported by the county’s Universities and Colleges, to ensure that Lincolnshire has the skills, support for businesses and infrastructure to support people and businesses in the current economic climate and enable them to prosper in the future.

Cllr Eddy Poll, Economy Portfolio Holder for Lincolnshire County Council, said:

“The Government’s support for our bid shows that they understand the importance of Lincolnshire as a discrete and important economic area. The opportunity to form a Local Enterprise Partnership will enable us to work even closer with businesses and skills providers to grow our economy sustainably.” On behalf of businesses, David Dexter, Chairman of the Lincolnshire region of the Federation of Small Businesses, and Simon Beardsley, Chief Executive of the Lincolnshire Chamber, added: “This announcement is the result of a determined effort by businesses, local authorities and skills providers to come up with a joint vision on how Lincolnshire can grow its economy. Our discussions have shown the potential benefits of working together, for the benefit of all, particularly in a period where there will be little outside money from Government and we will have to shape our own future.”

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