A programme of initiatives aimed at boosting the economies and prosperity of North Yorkshire and the East Riding by supporting businesses to thrive and grow is on track for success.
The North and East Yorkshire Local Enterprise Partnership is already heavily involved in creating and supporting growth opportunities in major industries such as tourism.
And it is poised to help businesses and entrepreneurs ensure they gain maximum benefit from the opportunities presented by developments like the North Yorkshire potash mine.
Barry Dodd, Chairman of the Partnership, said:
“The crucial importance of local enterprise partnerships was underlined only a few weeks ago in the Chancellor’s budget announcements.
“I am pleased to report that our LEP is already delivering important results, and is on track to deliver on all its growth priorities.”
Mr Dodd was speaking after the City of York Council, which has been a member of enterprise partnerships in both North Yorkshire and the Leeds City Region, decided to withdraw from North Yorkshire and concentrate on its links with Leeds and its surrounding urban area.
“Of course, we are disappointed that York will no longer be a part of our LEP. We have worked extremely well together since the formation of the Partnership, and developed excellent relationships across the city over the last two years.
“But the choice is theirs, and it does not have any adverse impact on our work … on our determination to provide support and encouragement to business – particularly small businesses – on our commitment to maintaining and promoting the vibrancy of our market towns, and on all the other key elements of our strategy for economic prosperity.
“Let us be clear – York’s decision was in no way due to the performance of the LEP or its Board. Our LEP is rated very highly, nationally and regionally.”
The North and East Yorkshire LEP is poised to help businesses make the most of three major developments – the proposed potash mine on the North York Moors, which is expected to create thousands of new jobs; expansion plans at the Food and Environment Research Agency campus at Sand Hutton, near York; and investment in the emerging carbon capture and storage technology at Drax.
It is also ready to exploit to the full the wide range of opportunities in the tourism industry which will be created by the Tour de France Grand Départ.
Mr Dodd said:
“Our experience of the past two years, coupled with a massive amount of expertise at our disposal from the successful business people on the LEP board, ensures that we can give business and organisations exactly the kind of help they need to grow and prosper.”