We call on other organisations and businesses from across CIoS to also consider the ambitions in Vision 2030 when they detail their own priorities, and we know, for example, that both local authorities in our LEP area have already sought to do this. 2017-18 is a year of change – with local elections and a General Election.
It will also be an important year in determining the future economic development landscape; with our revised capacity arrangements, engaging with Government on future economic development policy (currently detailed in the Industrial Strategy Green Paper) and continuing detailed negotiations on the postBrexit environment. Amongst all this change, it is our imperative to drive forward with implementation and achieve our focus on productivity-led growth - and this is detailed in this plan. Of particular priority is taking forward a CIoS Investment Fund; implementing two Enterprise Zones – and the specific opportunities within them including Wave Hub and Spaceport; delivering our Employment and Skills Plan and maximising the devolution of skills funding and delivery; supporting the delivery of three Growth Deal Programmes worth over £300m; and taking forward a new approach alongside our local authorities to place-based economic growth and inclusive growth.
We have spent much time in ensuring our strategic focus is right – now is our time to deliver on those ambitions.
You can download our 17/18 LEP Business Plan here