Event to boost bid for new LEP

ECONOMIC development in Scarborough is on the cards at an event aimed at boosting engagement between the town’s business community and plans for a Local Enterprise Partnership.

Businesses are being invited to get involved with the York and North Yorkshire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) bid at an upcoming event in Scarborough.

Scarborough was initially included in two options for a Local Enterprise Partnership, which are in the process of being introduced by the Coalition Government in place of regional development agencies such as Yorkshire Forward.

The first option would have seen Scarborough Council form a “coastal” partnership with East Riding of Yorkshire Council and Hull City Council.

The second proposal would see the authority join forces with the other district councils in North Yorkshire, along with North Yorkshire County Council itself to form a York and North Yorkshire Partnership.

After a period of consultation business secretary Vince Cable revealed in October that out of the 62 proposals received, 24 Local Enterprise Partnerships had been given the green light.

However neither the Coastal Partnership or the North Yorkshire Partnership were included in the 24 successful bids.

As it stands now Scarborough is not represented on any Local Enterprise Partnership, which are aimed at delivering economic development planning through a local authority and business partnership.

However the Government said revised proposals will be welcomed as they become ready.

In response to the failed bids the Leeds, York and North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce is holding a Local Enterprise Partnership Awareness Event on Tuesday, featuring a presentation from Jonathan French, executive manager of the York and North Yorkshire Partnership Unit, who will provide his perspective on why LEPs are relevant for businesses in the local area.

Suzanne Burnett, director of Leeds, York and North Yorkshire Chamber says: “LEPs have been tasked with driving economic growth in our area, so it is crucial that businesses play a central role in shaping and delivering its aims and objectives. This event is an opportunity for businesses to find out how LEPS are relevant to them and what they can gain from being involved in the process. The Chamber wants to make it as easy as possible for businesses to engage with the Local Authorities that are leading the bid process.”

The event is taking place on Tuesday from 12 to 2pm at the Crown Spa Hotel in Scarborough. To book a place email events@yourchamber.org.uk