The first meeting of the Prime Minister's Council of LEP Chairs took place at 10 Downing Street in June.

The first meeting of the Prime Minister's Council of LEP Chairs took place at 10 Downing Street on 19th June.

The Prime Minister met with the leaders of England’s LEPs to celebrate their achievements to date and to map out key areas for co-operation under the UK’s Modern Industrial Strategy.

It was the first meeting of the Prime Minister’s Council of LEP Chairs, made up of business leaders representing the 38 LEPs, including Greater Lincolnshire. Talks focused on where LEPs carry maximum impact: delivering the objectives of the Modern Industrial Strategy in local areas and investing in the skills people and businesses need.

Welcoming the Council of LEP Chairs, Theresa May said: “Local Enterprise Partnerships play a vital role in supporting businesses and innovation across England. From the New Anglia aviation academy - the first of its kind in the UK - to Enterprise M3’s 5G innovation centre, LEPs are developing skills, delivering infrastructure, and securing investment.

"That’s why our Modern Industrial Strategy is clear that they must continue to play a crucial role in our plans to deliver further growth in local economies.

"Today’s first meeting of the council marks a milestone in this partnership. By working even more closely together, we will continue to maximise our efforts in creating jobs, growth and investment right across the country, delivering long-term, meaningful results for local communities.”       

At the meeting LEPs reinforced their commitment to help deliver a national Industrial Strategy, using their strengths and expertise to lead local strategies for economic growth and partner more effectively with local government.

The Council of Local Enterprise Partnership Chairs was announced in the 2017 Industrial Strategy White Paper as a new forum for LEP business leaders to help shape national policy decisions and ensure closer co-operation with the Government on Industrial Strategy objectives.