Lincolshire's going is good for the ex-Chamber chief
THE first Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) Business Summit will feature a talk by former director general of the British Chambers of Commerce, David Frost CBE.
Mr Frost, who is the national chair of the LEP Network, will deliver a talk on the role of LEPs within local economies, and give delegates a chance to ask their own questions.
The summit, with aims to be a platform for business leaders and politicians to debate the big economic issues facing Greater Lincolnshire, will be held on Friday, October 12, at Market Rasen Racecourse.
Greater Lincolnshire LEP chair, Ursula Lidbetter MBE, will host it.
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"I will be speaking about what's happening with the LEPs nationally, and how the Government sees the importance of them in terms of economic development," said Mr Frost, who has chaired the LEP Network since it went live in July last year.
"One of the LEP's great strengths is the unique way the local businesses, agencies and local authorities are working together to come up with solutions to boost local economic development.
"The Greater Lincolnshire LEP is one the key LEPs in the movement. From what I see it has a very strong chair as well as some national profile; Westminster is always picking up items about it. I'm very keen to listen to people's views on the subject of LEPs in general."
Those attending the summit will hear more about the significant success the LEP has already had in securing funding for the area.
Lincolnshire County Council has secured £14.3-million, with support from the LEP, which will help bring next-generation broadband to Lincolnshire by 2015, while the Greater Lincolnshire and Humber LEPs are both backing the plan for superfast broadband in North Lincolnshire too, where £2.6-million has been allocated by Broadband Delivery UK to improve connection speeds.
A further £9-million of funding has also been secured for vital infrastructure projects, such as transport improvements and flood defences, and the Greater Lincolnshire LEP is backing Regional Growth Fund (RGF) bids including a £75-million plan to create a food cluster in North East Lincolnshire.
Miss Lidbetter said: "This summit is a very important date for our calendar as it gives everyone a chance to learn more about the work we've been doing and how we plan to move forward.
"This past year has seen progress made in our priority areas of manufacturing, agri-food, tourism, renewables, port and logistics and care, and this summit will be a chance to tell Greater Lincolnshire businesses about that.
"Our aim is to create the conditions which will bring improved infrastructure to Greater Lincolnshire as well as opportunities for businesses to grow. We've already had a lot of interest in the event."
The Greater Lincolnshire LEP Business Summit begins at 9.30am on Friday, October 12 and includes a buffet lunch before closing at 1.30pm.
Places at the event are limited to 150 people, with tickets being allocated on a first come, first served basis.
To ensure you have a place, contact Carolyn Tuscher on 01522 550540 or e-mail carolyn.tuscher@lincoln shire.gov.uk