Over 170 stakeholders give views on �330million funding pot


Over 170 stakeholders attended a consultation event on 5 November to give their views on the Leeds City Region LEP’s draft strategy to secure £330million of European Structural and Investment Funds.

The successful event, opened by Professor Bob Cryan, LEP Board member and Vice Chancellor of the University of Huddersfield, gave partners from a wide range of organisations the chance to influence the final strategy before it is submitted to Government at the end of January.

The European Structural and Investment Funds strategy is a key element of the LEP’s efforts to secure hundreds of millions of pounds of investment to boost economic growth and create jobs in our region. The LEP is also currently developing an ambitious bid for a share of the government’s £2bn Local Growth Fund, announced in the June 2013 Spending Review.

The 5 November event marked the start of a series of consultation events with stakeholders to ensure that local needs and wider ambitions for the Leeds City Region economy are reflected within the LEP’s investment plans.

Following hot on its heels is an innovation workshop on 26 November 2013. Held in association with the Yorkshire Post, Nanofactory, Agfa Graphics Ltd and Regeneris, the workshop will give businesses in the City Region the opportunity to have their say on how the LEP should prioritise up to £50million of funding to boost business innovation. Limited places are still available – click here to register.

If you were unable to attend the EU consultation event on 5 November but would like to provide feedback on the draft strategy please click here