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Help Shape The Leeds City Region’s Local Industrial Strategy

Enterprise partnership seeks input on ambitious plan for future of region’s economy

The Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP) is asking for feedback from businesses, other organisations and individuals to help shape the region’s Local Industrial Strategy.

Following consultation throughout the summer, involving input from hundreds of people across the City Region, as well and national and international experts, the LEP has identified key priorities for the Local Industrial Strategy.Roger Marsh, chair of the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership and the NP11, said:

“The Local Industrial Strategy is an ambitious plan to improve productivity and support businesses and skills across the City Region. Working in partnership across the region and beyond, we have identified the top priorities the Local Industrial Strategy will address, with a focus on healthy lives for all.

Good health is the cornerstone of productivity and will be a key driver in promoting productivity, wellbeing and growth.

We are in the process of developing these draft priorities into the final Local Industrial Strategy and are very keen to hear from individuals, businesses and other parties. I would urge everyone with a view on to give feedback through our online survey.”

The Local Industrial Strategy is a long-term plan for Leeds City Region, designed to boost productivity, build on the region’s strengths, improve people’s skills and help businesses grow while tackling the climate emergency, so all communities can prosper and benefit from a strong economy.

The LEP has identified the following priorities for the Local Industrial Strategy:

  • Supporting businesses to meet the challenges of the future economy and create good quality jobs, to support progression and promote inclusivity
  • Accelerating economic growth across the City Region through technology and innovation
  • Building on the successes of the globally important healthcare sector as a source of good jobs and growth
  • Making sure the environment promotes healthy, active lifestyles and is fit for future generations to enjoy
  • Skilled people, in good jobs, with access to training to help build and sustain their careers
  • Healthy, modern communities where everyone living and working in the region can reach their full potential

To make sure the Local Industrial Strategy addresses the issues that matter most to the region’s businesses and employers, the LEP is calling for feedback on its draft policies and priorities through an online survey.

The results of the survey will influence the final strategy, which is expected to be submitted to Government by the end of the year. The survey will be open for comment until 18 November and is available here: https://www.yourvoice.westyorks-ca.gov.uk/lis

The priorities in the Local Industrial Strategy have been developed after consultation to understand what matters to the people who should benefit from its work. Since the beginning of the year, the LEP has engaged with over 750 people at more than 50 events in person and online, worked with businesses, schools and community groups from across the region, as well as politicians and national and international experts.

All local enterprise partnerships in England have been asked to produce a Local Industrial Strategy for their area, setting out how they will boost productivity and respond to four ‘grand challenges’ identified in the Government’s national Industrial Strategy White Paper.

Accelerate! Taking Leeds City Region Start-ups to a New Level

This October saw the launch of Accelerate, a brand-new six-month accelerator led by Leeds Beckett University and funded by its partner- AD:VENTURE – a scheme working to connect universities, local councils, chambers and private sector businesses in the Leeds City Region (LCR).

The programme gives companies access a vast and diverse array of support in a succinct, structured way, taking each business on a growth journey to equip them with the skills and knowledge they need to lead achieve positive, sustainable growth.

With four workshops interspersed with one-to-one mentoring, specialist coaching, and round-the-clock support, Accelerate covers everything from sales, HR and business planning to growth strategy and exit.

But this is no ‘one size fits all’. Every programme is tailored to match the businesses’ unique needs and ambitions, with Deb Hetherington, Innovation Manager at Leeds Beckett University, key account managing each one to ensure they get the right support for them.

This unique approach takes the programme bespoke, with tailored programmes of workshops, mentoring, opportunities for student placements and consultancy projects designed on a case-by-case basis after a one-to-one diagnostic process with Deb.

Accelerate has secured three years’ worth of funding, and in that time, it hopes to put nine cohorts of 10 companies through the programme. The businesses will have ongoing relationships with the university when their six months are up, as well as access to legal advice and a funding matrix to map their next step.

To be eligible for Accelerate, you must be less than three years limited, based in the LCR and work in the B2B space. A large part of the programme’s wider ambition is around enabling the University to offer student placements in high-growth businesses, so the team is on the lookout for companies with genuine potential to develop – fast.

Accelerate is all about connecting up a rich tapestry of individuals and institutions to create real, tangible benefits for the whole LCR, with a bold target of getting between 90 and 100 businesses to the point where they can hire someone – all over the course of six months. The underlying goal is, of course, to increase businesses’ turnover, resulting in more jobs and economic improvement for the whole region.

With the first cohort already full and a growing waiting list for the second, Accelerate has had keen interest so far – often from start-ups that have the passion, the creativity and the concept, but might lack some of the business acumen to take their business to the next level. That’s where Accelerate come in, armed with knowledge of business, growth and sales strategies and ready to upskill the next generation.

So how to get involved?

Email Deb Hetherington directly at D.J.Hetherington@leedsbeckett.ac.uk, or hit up the AD:VENTURE team at adventure@leedsbeckett.ac.uk. After that, the process is fast and straightforward – an eligibility form and a meeting with Deb, followed by an evaluation process and a yes or no within a week.