Category Local Enterprise Partnerships

Smart Specialisation Event

Just a short post. This event being held in Belfast looks like a very interesting one day conference on smart specialisation. It might be a good place for LEPs aspiring to major on innovation to attend https://uksmartspecialisationconferenceni.eventbrite.co.uk/ Advertisements

What is Smart Specialisation when it is at home?

Many LEPs across the country are waking up to this new European term as with the responsibility being given them to spend EU structural funds from 2014-2020 comes a new approach to targetting resources to be spent on innovation. The term Smart Specialisation is an approach to developing Regional Innovation Strategies which whilst not compulsory […]

What Difference could a Proper City Region Make to Greater Birmingham today

No sooner than I had posted my post on the City Region than  I noticed a twitter quote from Mike Emmerich from Manchester New Economy (MNE) saying that Local Authorities will need to work much closer together in the future and Local Authority boundaries are irrelevant. That comes from one of the key people at […]

City Regions and LEPs – the need for much closer Local Authority Working

I have just printed off Albert Bore’s Annual Policy statement (APS) for Birmingham City Council. This summarises achievements of the Council and lays out ambitions for the future year. I must say it is really very interesting and for anyone interested in the overall direction of the Council it is a must read. It could […]

Is the Greater Birmingham and Solihull LEP a Cohesive Partnership?

I had the pleasure of attending the AGM of the Greater Birmingham and  Solihull LEP this week at the Villa ground. Despite the poor news unleashed by the Chancellor concerning the relative small size of the Local Growth budget it was generally an upbeat event with a lot of positivity and good news about the […]

European Funding Allocations announced in England: London a clear winner @globalbirminghm

In a statement today the Government has announced the notional allocations of ERDF and ESF for England’s LEP’s.  The figures can be seen here So for Greater Birmingham and Solihull LEP the allocation is €255m which equates to roughly £220m. This with the announcement yesterday for the LEP’s of £2bn annually in the Single Local Growth […]

Greater Birmingham and Solihull LEP MP’s Call for Heseltine’s Plan to be Implemented @gbslep

In a letter sent recently a cross party group of MP’s from constituencies in the Greater Birmingham and Solihull LEP call on the Chancellor George Osborne to deliver on the Heseltine Plan. They point to the confident start of the LEP, and its already proven ability to deliver and call for in particular the plans […]

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