AS Chairman of the All Party Group for Local Growth, Local Enterprise Partnerships and Enterprise Zones, I have launched a public call for evidence for the Group’s first formal inquiry.
The inquiry will look into the effectiveness of Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) since their creation. It will aim to identify barriers and weaknesses in the present system and how these can be addressed and built on for future success.
I am keen to engage with the LEPs on a grassroots level to get a proper feel of where the schemes are succeeding but also what areas can be built on for improvement.
Written and oral evidence for the inquiry will take place in July in the form of a series of Select Committee style sessions where officers of the Group can ask questions from a broad range of interested parties including business, government and members from the LEPs themselves.
The first round of evidence sessions will take place in July on the 3rd, 10th and 16th of the month. The Group is welcoming those that want to contribute to this process to get in touch and submit a short summary of the evidence they wish to present by 5pm on 25th June to Majeed Neky on firstname.lastname@example.org
This inquiry will be the first formal report the All Party Group will have carried out. I think this is going to be a really important process as it will gauge how successful the LEPs have been since their creation. The inquiry will provide a unique opportunity for those directly involved in the running of the LEPs to feed through to the top echelons of Government their experiences and areas they feel need to be addressed in order to further stimulate local growth. So far, there has not been a proper review of these schemes and I feel this All Party Group will be able to provide a vital insight into this.
For further details, please follow the link to view the Terms of Reference, Timetable and Format.