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Thursday 30 June, F11 - LEPs opportunities and challenges, Birmingham City Council

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This event will examine the progress that Local Enterprise Partnerships have made during their first six months, and the challenges they face in achieving their ambitions in the future. The workshop …

This event will examine the progress that Local Enterprise Partnerships have made during their first six months, and the challenges they face in achieving their ambitions in the future. The workshop will hear from local authority and business leaders from the Birmingham and Solihull LEP on their experience of working together in developing and delivering the LEP's agenda, and a leading academic will examine the issues that both the Government and local authorities will need to address to ensure that LEPs can fulfil their role as the main driver of economic growth in their area.

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  • 1. Local Enterprise Partnerships Opportunities and Challenges
  • 2. Welcome and Introductions Emma Maier Editor – Local Government Chronicle
  • 3. Paul Heaven Greater Birmingham and Solihull LEP Board Member Owner, Blue Sky Corporate Finance
  • 4. David Bailey Professor of International Business Strategy and Economics
  • 5. RDAs to LEPs: Some Challenges LGA Fringe Event: Local Enterprise Partnerships – Opportunities and Challenges
  • 6.
    • Evidence submitted by the Regional Studies Association to the BIS House of Commons Select Committee by David Bailey, Paul Benneworth, Mike Danson, and Henrik Halkier
  • 7. Introduction...
    • Nature of England’s regional economic ‘problem’
    • ‘ Good’ regional development agencies  LEPs?
    • Role of RGF
    • Enterprise zones
  • 8. (How) can LEPs be effective RDAs?
    • ‘ Old’ system of RDAs not perfect BUT...
    • Current Proposals do not make clear what regional growth drivers / levers LEPs will be able to influence
    • Voice of the English regions at EU level?
    • LEPs competing for resources?
  • 9. Recentralisation/ decentralisation
    • Current proposals actually imply a substantial recentralisation to Whitehall
    • Centralised industrial policy not likely to work
    • LEPs: transport, housing, planning, enterprise (?)
    • Business engagement?
    • RGF big cut in funding – needs to be much more scope for LEPs to raise own finance: TiFs, bond issuing powers (US?)
  • 10. Cont’d...
    • Risk of excessive fragmentation – functional economic geography?
    • Capability/capacity to make strategically informed decisions on economic development?
    • Need to retain key knowledge base built up by RDAs – being lost as we speak?
    • Accessing EU funding – need for intermediate level?
    • Regional planning (need for cooperation across LEPs)
  • 11. Role of LAs in recession: (Audit Commission, 2009; Bailey & Chapain 2011)
  • 12. Regional Growth Fund
    • Big cut in regional development funding
    • RGF: danger of favouring projects that can lever in additional funding
    • ‘Green new deal’: Multi-level approach
  • 13. Making LEPs work for common benefit
    • Partnership working difficult
    • Benefit of RDAs
    • Voice of small business?
    • Local Authorities (LAs) in downturn: 35% worked alone not through partnership working
  • 14. Innovation, Clusters and Regions
    • Creating a regional eco-system for research and innovation – triple helix: role of regions in this respect (Sainsbury Report)
    • Developing Priorities: ‘Smart specialisation’
    • Will LEPs have the capacity to tackle deep seated problems?
    • Linking urban, peri-urban and rural areas
    • Accessing EU funding – eg FP7 Regions of Knowledge
    • Clusters
  • 15. West Midlands
    • long-term underinvestment in infrastructure
    • an ongoing process of deindustrialisation and a wider economic structure reliant on low growth sectors
    • a relatively poor business and employment performance in the private sector
    • a relatively poor education and skills record
    • relatively poor performance in developing ‘knowledge economy’ sectors and in R&D spend
    • Pockets of high levels of unemployment and worklessness
  • 16. Enterprise Zones: Past
    • 1980s experience : £300 million spent on 11 zones. 4300 firms employed 63,000 workers BUT number of new jobs created was just 13,000.
    •   £23,000 a job  £50,000 in today’s money. Not very good value for money!
    • Boundary hopping
    • Retail and property development – rebalancing?
    • Risk: short-lived and ineffective?
  • 17. Enterprise Zones: Future?
    • Bigger
    • Get key actors to work together to govern economic development effectively
    • Encourage ‘related variety ‘?
    • investment in skills, infrastructure and the environment to make them good places to do business when the short-term tax relief runs out.
    • Encourage small firms to grow – one stop shop?
    • BUT risk: short-lived and ineffective?
  • 18. Summary - 1
    • LEPs need genuine powers and ability to raise funding
    • Recentralisation of policy is a negative step
    • Detail of the RGF critical
    • Intermediate ‘join up’ of work of LEPs between local and national level critical to use public monies effectively – minimum: intelligence and info gathering base, pursuing effective cluster and innovation strategies, accessing EU funding, transport
  • 19. Summary - 2
    • Building partnerships and strategic leadership skills in LEPs vital
    • Enterprise Zones – lessons from past
    • Concentrate resources on most disadvantageous regions?
  • 20. Thanks for listening! [email_address]
  • 21. Cllr Mike Whitby Leader of Birmingham City Council Greater Birmingham and Solihull LEP Board Member
  • 22. Q&A Session