South East LEP urges Essex firms to have they say on Government’s Industrial Strategy

SELEP chairman Christian Brodie

SELEP chairman Christian Brodie - Credit: Archant

Businesses in Essex are being urged by the South East Local Enterprise Partnership (SELEP) to give their views on the Government’s proposed Industrial Strategy.

A consultation on the strategy lasts until April 17 and companies can comment on its 10 “pillars” to support growth.

They are: Investing in science, research and innovation; Developing skills; Upgrading infrastructure; Supporting businesses to start and grow; Improving procurement; Encouraging trade and inward investment; Delivering affordable energy and clean growth; Cultivating world-leading sectors; Driving growth across the whole country; and Creating the right institutions to bring together sectors and places.

Christian Brodie, chairman of SELEP, said: “It is vital that South East businesses tell Government what they believe should be the focus of interventions and priorities, as we get close to leaving the European Union.

“If we are to ensure our transition away from the single market is as smooth as possible, and we capitalise on the commercial opportunities it might present, we need to have a national strategy for the growth of our manufacturing and service economies that has been influenced and designed by business.”

SELEP is working closely with partners across the area including the Greater Essex Business Board and Opportunity South Essex, and business representatives, such as Chambers of Commerce, the Institute of Directors and the FSB, plus county, unitary and district councils.

The LEP is also refreshing its Strategic Economic Plan to reflect major changes that have taken place since it was written three years ago, including the EU referendum result and major investments that have been made, as well as aligning it with the Industrial Strategy and the Government’s Housing White Paper.

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“It is crucial to ensure our Strategic Economic Plan is up to date and reflects the national economic context and the south east’s position and importance within that,” added Mr Brodie.

Further details of the Industrial Strategy can be found at www.gov.uk/government/news/pm-unveils-plans-for-a-modern-industrial-strategy-fit-for-global-britain.