ATHEY CONSULTING DELIVERS THIRD NATIONAL REPORT ON LOCAL ECONOMIES

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Athey Consulting's latest report for the LEP Network, released to LEPs on 31 March 2014, reveals a series of insights for local economies in England. The overall message is one of confidence and capability across the Local Enterprise … [More...]

THE GREAT PAPER CHASE AND LOCAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

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Is it true to say that today's local economic development efforts are too much concerned with papers about structures and accountability; and not enough about resources and delivery? As well as each of the 39 LEPs working for a year on … [More...]

MAKE YOUR LOCAL GROWTH MONEY GO FURTHER

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Winning hearts and minds: Getting onto your LEP's agenda I've heard it many times - in person and on discussion sites such as LinkedIn groups "my LEP will not listen, they don't seem to understand how important this issue is!!!" This … [More...]

LOCAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT: SOME HOME TRUTHS

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In local economic development the governance and structures will never be perfect. You need to deal with the bureaucracy that comes with public money and not hide from it. Plans and strategies are useful, until the action begins. And you … [More...]

“MY LEP WON’T LISTEN / THEY DON’T UNDERSTAND / THEY DON’T WANT TO HELP!”

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Winning hearts and minds: Getting onto your LEP's agenda I've heard it many times - in person and on discussion sites such as LinkedIn groups "my LEP will not listen, they don't seem to understand how important this issue is!!!" This … [More...]

WE SHOULD LOCALISE EMPLOYMENT SERVICES

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There are huge potential benefits from devolving employment and unemployment services to regions and localities. We need to apply long-term joined-up solutions to our education, welfare, employment and skills policies in order to reduce … [More...]