All change at the top - a time for unity

The beginning of 2021 has seen some seismic change in terms of the personnel at the very top of our pan-Lancashire bodies, with Steve Fogg, chair of the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and county council leader Geoff Driver moving on, the key to Lancashire’s success in securing coming funds from government, post budget, is unity.

A clear single-minded focus from across our county council and enterprise partnership, to pitch for eight figure investment from government to put Lancashire at the heart of the business driven economic recovery post-covid.

Our businesses are expert collaborators, and leaders in innovation across aero, auto, energy and low carbon fields and more, and we need now to show this joined approach in every way to the government paymasters. The levelling up funding and UK Shared Prosperity Fund are collectively a multi-billion pound opportunity that must not be missed.

The second message that government must hear from our public and private sector in lockstep is the call for a clear pathway out of lockdown. As has been said, we don’t necessarily need dates - but data. Structured plans nailed to key milestones in the suppression of the virus and vaccination of the population, accompanied by a logical but nuanced continuation of business support measures.

Tell us what support your business needs from government - get your voice heard.

To ensure that all our businesses that can, are able to re-open smoothly and move towards profitability as soon as humanly possible. Tell us at the chamber, the LEP, Lancashire Business View, what support your business needs from government - get your voice heard.

It’s time for some joined-up action from Lancashire - for Lancashire.

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