Summit to debate region’s growth

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MORE than 700 business and public sector representatives are expected to attend a major summit in Leeds today to look at the region’s future economic growth.

The Leeds City Region Local Enterprise Partnership Summit - called Realise The Potential – is being held all day at Saviles Hall.

The attendees will hear about the Local Enterprise Partnership’s (LEP) plans for boosting jobs and increasing business.

Forty speakers – including business and enterprise minister Mark Prisk, LEP Board chairman Neil McLean and Leeds City Council leader Coun Keith Wakefield – will be present.

Other speakers throughout the day will include Coun Mehboob Khan, the leader of Kirkless Council, Stephanie Burras, the chief executive of Leeds Ahead, and Joanne Pollard, the chief executive of CO2Sense.

Representatives from other LEPs will be taking part.

Topics to be debated throughout the day include the role of LEPs in driving local economies, delivering infrastructure and the low carbon economy.

The Leeds City Region represents 11 local authorities – Leeds, Wakefield, Harrogate, Barnsley, Bradford, Calderdale, Craven, Kirklees, Selby, York and North Yorkshire County Council.

The recently announced enterprise zone in south Leeds comes under the LEP’s remit and aims to attract business investment thanks to favourable planning rules and business rates.

Neil McLean, chairman of the Leeds City Region LEP, said: “This is about launching a conversation with our business partners across the city region about what we need to do to make our economy grow.

“It is also an important opportunity for businesses to get involved and help us deliver the vision for the city region economy.

“We’ve had an overwhelming response from both private and public sector representatives keen to learn more about the next steps so we are looking forward to a very constructive event.”

Adam Smith.

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