The LEP has been given to go ahead to create its own Local Industrial Strategy

After months of preparation, the Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership has been included in the third and final wave of the Government’s Local Industrial Strategies (LIS).

The announcement, which is set to strengthen the Greater Lincolnshire economy, is part of the Government’s wider Industrial Strategy to boost local economies by giving greater autonomy to LEPs and building on specific local strengths..

Ruth Carver, Director at the Greater Lincolnshire LEP, has warmly welcomed the announcement.

“We are pleased to work with the Government on developing our Local Industrial Strategy. This is fantastic news for Greater Lincolnshire and the future of our area’s economy,” said Ruth.

The Greater Lincolnshire LEP has already been extensively preparing for the production of its LIS and has identified the following emerging themes:

  • Future proofing the agri-food industry
  • Becoming a rural test-bed for energy and water
  • Developing new solutions supporting people to live well for longer in rural areas
  • A high-quality, inclusive visitor economy
  • An efficient and highly skilled ports and logistics industry

Ruth added: “We have already conducted extensive work in producing a robust evidence base for our Local Industrial Strategy and have had it independently assessed. We have made sure that we were ready the hit the ground running once we were given the go-ahead by the Government.”

The LEP team working on the Local Industrial Strategy, led by Liz Shutt, Cathy Jones and James Baty, will begin a final consultation period on the strategy in the new year and work with Government to create a framework with the aim of implementing the strategy by March 2020.