Having a say on our industrial future

Businesses and organisations from across Lancashire have taken part in the first of a series of consultations looking to shape the county’s long-term industrial strategy (LIS).

The Lancashire Enterprise Partnership (LEP) is working to draw up a roadmap that will drive productivity, earning power and growth over the next 10 to 20 years.

The government is calling on all LEPs in the country to draw up their LIS and is expected to sign off on Lancashire’s strategy by March 2020.

The LIS is the local response to the national Industrial Strategy published by Government in 2017.

Businesses, colleges, universities and representatives of the health and third sectors attended a workshop at Brockholes Nature Reserve to give their views.

David Taylor, who chairs the LEP, said: “We are working on a long-term strategy for Lancashire which will set out our priorities and describe the activity needed to increase productivity and earning power, as well as ensuring inclusive growth.

 “The LEP wants to ensure that a wide range of stakeholders – especially the business community – have the chance to have their say on the development of this crucial document, so we have begun an extensive consultation programme.

The LEP wants to ensure that a wide range of stakeholders have the chance to have their say.

“We want to hear where they think Lancashire’s economy is strongest and their thoughts about what is holding businesses back from achieving their full commercial potential.

 “We’ve already done a lot of initial work on the LIS and the workshop provided local organisations and businesses a chance to see and discuss that. There will be further opportunities to comment in the coming months.”

The next consultation event will be hosted by the East Lancashire Chamber of Commerce on June 3. For details, visit www.chamberelancs.co.uk

The national Industrial Strategy aims to support businesses to increase productivity, create better, higher-paying jobs with investment in the skills, industries and infrastructure of the future.