Business secretary Vince Cable today confirmed the first 24 Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) that will be approved in the first wave of devolution of economic development powers.
The announcements form part of a white paper on local growth published today. Read our analysis of the LEPs here.
The successful bids, chosen from 62 submitted to government, are as follows:
Birmingham & Solihull with E. Staffordshire, Lichfield & Tamworth
Cheshire and Warrington
Coast to Capital
Cornwall & the Isles of Scilly
Coventry & Warwickshire
Gt. Cambridge & Gt. Peterborough
Kent, Greater Essex & East Sussex
Leeds City Region
Leicester & Leicestershire
Liverpool City Region
Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, Derby, & Derbyshire
Oxfordshire City Region
Sheffield City Region
Stoke-on-Trent & Staffordshire
Thames Valley Berkshire
West of England
There were no LEPs approved in Lancashire or Hull, and the Bournemouth, Dorset & Poole partnership also missed out. But local government minister Greg Clark has confirmed that more LEPs could be established in the future, if revised bids are submitted:
“The announcement of 24 areas today is a beginning, not an end. For those proposals which did not quite make it this time, we hope that they will draw inspiration from what is possible, and we will continue to support them as they refine their plans.
“Any other area that wants to have a Local Enterprise Partnership that suits business and community aspirations can come forward with proposals at any time.”
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