It was back to the classroom for Hertfordshire LEP Board Members and its business leader Envoys when they were invited to attend Hemel Hempstead Business Ambassadors' (HHBA) latest meeting at Kings Langley School.

The school is one of the first batch of schools to benefit from the Government’s Private Finance Initiative (PFI) re-build scheme and was completely re-built in September 2016. The event hosted by HHBA on Thursday 21 September marked the first anniversary of the Kings Langley School moving into its new £18m building.

Presentations were made by Gary Lewis, Head Teacher of the state-run academy; Mark Bretton, Chair of the Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP); James Doe, Assistant Director of Planning, Development and Regeneration for Dacorum Borough Council (DBC) and Lesley Crisp, Interim Team Leader at DBC.

All speakers reiterated the importance of forging links between education and enterprise along with the benefits of initiatives such as Hertfordshire LEP’s Business Envoy Programme and Hemel Hempstead Business Ambassadors working together to promote local economies.

Mark Bretton, Chair of Hertfordshire LEP, talked about the LEP’s role in accelerating business growth and its vision for its Enterprise Zone. To date the LEP has secured over £320m Government and EU funding to invest in key projects for the county. Mark Bretton also outlined the crucial role the LEP had played in the Science and Innovation Audit launched earlier on the same day which mapped Hertfordshire’s key sector strengths in life sciences and agri-tech and outlined the role the Enterprise Zone will play in fully exploiting these opportunities.

Read the full Press Release issued on behalf of Hemel Hempstead Business Ambassadors.

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