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A LEEDS enterprise is aiming to spread its expertise across the North East.

Today Construction Leeds, a social enterprise and arm of regeneration charity re’new which has helped businesses and people benefit from the construction industry, is launching Construction Yorkshire at the Leeds offices of law firm DLA Piper.

The launch will bring together developers, contractors, local authorities and small to medium-sized businesses.

The main speaker will be Neil McLean, office managing partner at DLA Piper and the new chair of the Leeds City Region Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP).

He said: “Economic regeneration is central to the work of the LEP going forward and the construction industry is pivotal to this cause.

“Providing a platform from which to encourage growth in this sector, initiatives such as Construction Yorkshire demonstrate the benefits of public and private bodies working together, and will help to provide the opportunities, support and training that many individuals and businesses need.”

Construction Yorkshire project director Rob Wolfe said: “This is a very exciting time for us, and has been initiated by the success story that is Construction Leeds.

“Increasingly, we have been called on to deliver our services outside Leeds, hence our decision to become an organisation that will be of benefit to the region’s construction industry and just as importantly the businesses and people they support.

“Construction Yorkshire will work with both public and private sector developments, and also offer membership to companies working in all aspects of the construction industry, such as architects and lawyers.”

Since 2007, Construction Leeds has helped 200 people find work, set up 66 construction firms and run courses.

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