Digital industries vital to Leeds City Region’s future growth, LEP says

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THE DIGITAL age is at the “epicentre” of Leeds City Region’s growth aims, Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) chairman Roger Marsh has said.

It comes as the LEP announced a further £100,000 digital skills support for small and medium-sized businesses in the Leeds City Region.

The funding is in addition to the £573m from the Regional Growth Fund

Speaking at a Leeds Google event, backed by Superconnected Leeds Bradford, BPiF CDi PrintYorkshire and Superfast West Yorkshire Business, Mr Marsh said creative and digital industries are one of the six key sectors identified by the LEP in its growth plan.

According to figures from CDi PrintYorkshire, digital and creative industries employ around 123,000 in the region and contribute £5bn to the economy.

Mr Marsh said backing the sector “is about unlocking potential and accelerating growth”.

“It’s important for me to get people across the city region - this is the largest economy outside London, over three million people - to understand what we can do, not just for local advantage, but for national advantage,” he said.

He added: “The rule of the LEP is very simple: it’s about how to enable growth.

“Government of any colour will want to get behind that.”

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