LEP: Help us tell the unique story of our region and secure major new investment


Businesses and residents in the Leeds City Region have the chance to help tell a compelling story about the region’s economy – and support a bid for major new investment to create growth and jobs.

The Leeds City Region Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) is today launching a consultation seeking local people’s contributions to create a distinctive economic narrative about how the region’s economy has developed – from our proud heritage as the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution, to the opportunities we now have to be world leaders in areas such as healthcare innovation and low carbon energy generation.

Telling this unique story of place is a key element of the LEP’s bid to grab a significant share of the government’s £2bn Local Growth Fund – for which all 39 LEPs nationally are currently competing.

Roger Marsh, Chair of the LEP, said: “Something that comes up time and time again when I meet with businesspeople and public sector leaders is the need for our region to better tell its story on the national and international stage.

“This consultation is an opportunity for those who live, work and run businesses in the City Region to help us shape that story and bring it to life – not just to help us secure the best possible Local Growth Deal for our area, but also to raise the region’s profile in markets globally.”

People can respond to the consultation by visiting www.leedscityregion.gov.uk/economicstory or by engaging on Twitter using the hashtag #visionlcr. The deadline for taking part is 17 January 2014.

Feedback from the consultation will be used to shape the LEP’s Strategic Economic Plan, and future bids for funding. Further consultation opportunities will be announced in the New Year.