Manchester LEP gears up for next stage of Local Industrial Strategy as trailblazer consultation closes.
Greater Manchester LEP, one of the first three ‘trailblazer’ LEPs to deliver their Local Industrial Strategy (LIS), has just finished consulting on its LIS, and is now working on the next phase on what will effectively be one of the first Local Industrial Strategies (LIS) in the country to be published in 2019.
Views were sought from all those with an interest in Greater Manchester’s future growth and prosperity, and respondents were asked to consider a range of questions, including the appropriate focus for skills development, infrastructure investment and economic competitiveness. Views were also sought on the sectors proposed as Greater Manchester’s globally competitive strengths.
Greater Manchester LEP will now build on the Greater Manchester Strategy and use the results of the consultation and the findings of a separate Greater Manchester Independent Prosperity Review to help develop and inform the final Greater Manchester Local Industrial Strategy.
Chair of the Greater Manchester Local Enterprise Partnership, Mike Blackburn, said:
“We welcome the opportunity to work alongside Government on a local industrial strategy that will support a long term vision for growth, based on robust evidence and focused on raising productivity and earning power in Greater Manchester.
“Through co-operation between national Government and the private sector, local leadership and key institutions, we are confident that this devolved approach will further support our work to boost skills and achieve growth by accurately reflecting the region’s unique strengths and ambitions.”
Developing the LIS includes identifying Greater Manchester’s globally competitive strengths – currently earmarked as health innovation and advanced materials and manufacturing – which have the potential to drive future growth in emerging industries.
The GM LIS is led by the Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham, and Mike Blackburn, Chair of the Greater Manchester Local Enterprise Partnership. Jürgen Maier, Chief Executive of Siemens UK, and Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell, President of the University of Manchester, are acting as Greater Manchester’s Industrial Strategy Champions, leading engagement with businesses and universities on behalf of Greater Manchester LEP.
The final strategy will present to government in March 2019 an agreed and shared view of the opportunities for Greater Manchester, as well as the challenges that will need to be addressed, to maximise its contribution to UK productivity and earnings growth.