Since last year the political landscape has begun to shift, but our work with business, councils, Government and education to influence, collaborate and deliver has continued apace.
We are now seeing more of the results on the ground of the LEP and our partners’ direct investment to drive the growth of the Humber economy, with our first Growth Deal project complete, more companies moving on to our Enterprise Zones and more people accessing new learning opportunities that have been created. This investment will continue over the coming years, delivering a lasting economic impact which we set out in this report.
But the LEP is about far more than securing and investing funding. Over the last year we have worked to influence policy, more than doubled the size of the Humber Enterprise Zone and overcome barriers to private sector developments.
The LEP is a partnership, not an agency, and just as it is our partners in local authorities, education and business who deliver our projects, it is the volunteers on our boards, working groups and panels who drive forward our work. Over 350 people now give up their time for free to contribute to some aspect of the LEP’s work – they are the LEP, and they deserve all of our thanks for giving back to our community.
There is still much to do to make sure the Humber is performing to its potential. We must reach out beyond our boundaries to work with our Northern neighbours, learn to work in the emerging landscape of devolution and deal with whatever changes the EU referendum may bring.
The continued commitment of Government and the Humber local authorities to the Humber LEP and the Humber’s shared economic future is welcome. I believe this sends a clear message to business that, regardless of the political changes brought about by devolution, Humber private sector leadership and engagement remains crucial and our work together to grow the economy must continue.
Now we need to go forward together in setting out a confident role for the Humber in the Northern Powerhouse and making the most of the opportunities ahead.
Chair, Humber LEP