We have now submitted our detailed implementation plan for the recommendations set out in Government’s ‘Strengthened Local Enterprise Partnerships’. I am pleased that the majority of mandates, including those concerning our responsibilities, leadership, organisational structure and accountability are already being met, and we have set in motion the work needed to deliver the remaining recommendations by 1 April 2019.
In response to Government’s review of existing LEP geographies, our case for Hertfordshire LEP’s remit to be coterminous with the county’s boundary has received strong support from local businesses, MPs and Hertfordshire County Council. The letters of support we have received recognise the vital role we play in brokering great partnerships between local businesses and the public sector to secure investments to safeguard Hertfordshire’s future economic prosperity.
Last month, Deputy Chair Adrian Hawkins represented the LEP at a Westminster meeting between public sector leaders and Hertfordshire MPs. Here, we put forward our collective ambition to create a Hertfordshire that is Fit for the Future, setting in motion a campaign to ensure that Hertfordshire gets the best possible deal in post-Brexit Britain. Read the prospectus. Over the coming months, we will seek support from MPs on immediate issues and host a series of in-depth masterclasses on key areas including housing, infrastructure and strategic healthcare, in time for a second meeting in the New Year.
On a national level, the Chancellor’s 2018 Budget firmly positions enterprise and innovation as the cornerstones of success, renewing Government’s commitment to LEPs and other business-backed bodies that deliver regional growth.
To this end, we are nurturing peer-to-peer networks, knowledge transfer partnerships and accelerating business growth via our Hertfordshire Growth Hub, which, through an increasingly targeted approach, has improved its reach across areas where historically penetration has been low. Furthermore, we have appointed the Growth Hub’s delivery to a multi-agency consortium made up of private and public sector partners whose expertise we will harness to further strengthen our offer to local businesses.
Mark Bretton, Hertfordshire LEP ChairRead the October 2018 newsletter