Worcestershire LEP Chair, Mark Stansfeld 06 Aug:

Last week, the Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) proudly worked with our neighbouring LEPs to produce an overview into how successful Local Enterprise Partnerships have been over the previous ten years.

The article showcased how much value LEPs have brought to their areas and combined this data to reflect on the Midlands region as a whole.

Collectively we have supported over 135,000 businesses to grow and prosper, helped to deliver £4.1 billion of Government investment and unlocked a further £11.1 billion of match funding from private, public and voluntary, community and social enterprise partners.

We have also collectively driven forwards sustainable investments and supported the creation of over 75,000 jobs so far. As well as supporting job creation, we have also been working closely with our education partners to inspire the region’s future workforce.

Together we have supported over 40,000 learners to ensure the region can respond to the future skills needs and that everyone has access to opportunities, no matter what their background.

This is a tremendous achievement and is an excellent showcase of the power of collaborative working with LEPs and other partners delivering projects and programmes in each specific area.

With the impact of COVID-19 in the last year, I believe that LEPs have a vital role to play in the future, with supporting economic bounce back and growth to building new job opportunities and inspiring future workforces.

I look forward to guiding the Worcestershire LEP through this journey as we make our way towards our 2040 vision for the county.