The Local Growth White Paper on the development of , and the confirmation that 24 Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) includes the successful Hertfordshire and 23 others from around the country (see full list below). Tim Hutchings, Chief Executive, Hertfordshire Chamber of Commerce & Industry said, “We are delighted that the county’s bid has been successful and we look forward to playing a full part in it development. We recognize that there is much to be done but business will be keen to ensure that this becomes an initiative that will make a significant contribution to the continuing success of the county”.

  

David Frost, Director-General of the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said, “Companies up and down the country tell me they are ready and willing to work with local councils to ensure that our towns and cities are open for business. In return for their time and energy, however, local businesses want to know exactly how the new Local Enterprise Partnerships will make it easier for them to tackle the problems with planning, skills and transport that stifle private sector growth.

 

“The White Paper is a good start – but it is only a start.  In order to keep business on board, LEPs will need to launch with a laser-beam focus on business growth – and concentrate on ‘getting the basics right’. This will give local businesspeople greater confidence in their area, and the chance to invest and create jobs. “At the same time, business expects a clear growth strategy from the Government – a national strategy that delivers on the Prime Minister’s recent commitment to a ‘pro-enterprise agenda.”

The full white paper can be found here.The successful bids, chosen from 62 submitted to government, are as follows:

Birmingham & Solihull with E. Staffordshire,

Lichfield &Tamworth

Cheshire and Warrington

Coast to Capital

Cornwall & the Isles of Scilly

Coventry & Warwickshire

Cumbria

Gt. Cambridge & Gt. Peterborough

Greater Manchester

Hertfordshire

Kent,

Greater Essex & East Sussex

Leeds City Region

Leicester & Leicestershire

Lincolnshire

Liverpool City Region

Nottingham,

Nottinghamshire, Derby, & Derbyshire

Oxfordshire City Region

Sheffield City Region

Solent

S.E. Midlands

Stoke-on-Trent & Staffordshire

Tees Valley

Thames Valley

Berkshire

The Marches

West of England