Minister on LEP fact-finding mission

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Business Minister Mark Prisk is visiting Sheffield today to learn about the potential for economic growth in the region.

Mr Prisk is attending a meeting of the Sheffield City Region Business Leaders’ Forum to see at first-hand how the new Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) is working with local businesses and employers to boost private sector expansion and help the economy to grow.

More than 100 business leaders are expected to attend the event.

Sheffield City Region LEP chairman, James Newman said: “The Sheffield City Region is leading by example in generating diversified economic growth which will ensure our economy is less reliant on the public sector. This is not governance from the top down, but employer-led.

“If the Government wishes to create a diverse, inventive and sustainable private sector-driven economy, in which our local business leaders are working with the public sector to drive local innovation, then it should look no further than our City Region for inspiration. We look forward to welcoming the Minister to discuss some of the key priorities which the LEP is working to deliver.”

Also speaking at the event will be Sir Ian Wrigglesworth, deputy chairman of the panel that advises the government on the suitability of projects for backing by the new Regional Growth Fund.