Sheffield City Region LEP prepares to appoint four new board members

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Sir NIgel Knowles

It’s hoped that the names of four new members of the Sheffield City Region LEP can be announced when the board next meets on Monday 11th September.

They will have been selected from 21 applicants for the jobs to replace members whose term of office has come to an end.

New recruits will work with council leaders to set the economic agenda for the city region and to make sure that economic development plans and programmes, such as the city region’s highly innovative Skills Bank, meet the needs of business.

The move to recruit new Board members came at a time when Government commitment to Local Enterprise Partnerships has never been stronger – reflecting the fact that Local Enterprise Partnerships are making a real difference to economic growth.

In the Sheffield City Region ambitious growth targets set by the LEP in its Strategic Economic Plan have been smashed, with jobs growth of 37,000 since 2015 meaning the LEP is well on track to exceed the target of 70,000 by 2024.

With the Government’s commitment to locally-based economic growth in its emerging Industrial Strategy and a strong public commitment to the role that LEPs are playing across the country, the role of the Sheffield City Region Local Enterprise Partnership is more important than ever in giving a private sector voice to economic growth and regeneration programmes. A growing body of evidence shows that locally designed and delivered schemes secure better value.

LEP Chairman Sir Nigel Knowles said: “I’m absolutely delighted with the response to our call for new LEP Board Members. The shortlisting and interview process is under way – and I look forward to announcing new members of the team soon. LEPs are right at the heart of this Government’s approach to stimulating economic growth – our partnership was established in 2010 and we have built an enviable track record of getting things done.

“We’re well established, well respected nationally, and well placed to continue driving economic growth in this super-connected city region.”