Business, council and education leaders have been praised in a Government assessment for their work in developing the Humber economy over the last year.
The Government’s annual performance review of the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) commended the “compelling strategic vision around the ‘Energy Estuary’”, the leadership and clear decision-making provided by the LEP Board, and the progress being made in the delivery of its Growth Deal and Enterprise Zone programmes which are supporting growth across the region.
The review also highlighted the “growing momentum” behind the development of a local industrial strategy for the Humber, which the LEP is seeking to agree with Government by the end of the year. This will set the new framework for developing the Energy Estuary and other key parts of the economy, and guide future investment decisions with new funding expected to be allocated to the area after Brexit.
The LEP has thanked partners in the public and private sectors for their contributions over the last 12 months.
Kishor Tailor, Chief Executive of the Humber LEP, said: “From developing strategy to delivery, assessing grant applications to shaping our skills work, feeding in intelligence on Brexit issues to informing our energy strategy, the hands-on contributions of the great number of people who give up their time to support the LEP are invaluable. Together with the hard work of the LEP’s staff and our local authority partners, we have a winning formula that is delivering results for the Humber.
“I would like to thank everyone involved with the LEP for their contributions over the last year, from businesses for providing leadership and investment, to partners in the public sector for helping with the delivery. They have enabled us to get this welcome positive assessment from Government, but most importantly it is their combined efforts that are driving forward the continued progress that the Humber is making.”
The review covered three areas – governance, delivery and strategy – with the LEP receiving a “good” assessment throughout. Key highlights were:
- Strategic advice, challenge and leadership by the LEP Board
- Clear decision-making with a strong emphasis on value for money
- Creation of a Board Member Panel focussed on developing a high-performing and more diverse Board
- Development, scrutiny and monitoring of local growth funded projects
- Taken difficult decisions on projects that were not progressing to the required timescales
- Ongoing progress on Enterprise Zone sites, including the announcement by Siemens to build its new rail factory at Goole 36
- Compelling strategic vision around the ‘Energy Estuary’ which has strong stakeholder buy in
- Partnership working to understand the local economy
- Innovative approaches to projects, especially around regulation and employment and skills
- Growing momentum behind the development of the local industrial strategy