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May tells LEPs to improve diversity of leadership

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Theresa May has told local enterprise partnerships to ensure they “truly represented the communities they serve” in a major meeting of the organisations at Downing Street.

The prime minister made the call yesterday at the first meeting of Council of Local Enterprise Partnership Chairs, a year after the body’s creation was promised in her industrial strategy.

Representatives of the 38 LEPs discussed where their organisations could make the maximum impact and how they could help to deliver the strategy.

A Downing Street spokesperson said: ”The prime minister stressed the importance of ensuring that LEP leadership truly represented the communities they served, pointing to the progress made in the number of women on FTSE100 boards as an example to follow.”

Ms May said: “Local Enterprise Partnerships play a vital role in supporting businesses and innovation across England. From the New Anglia aviation academy - the first of its kind in the UK - to Enterprise M3’s 5G innovation centre, LEPs are developing skills, delivering infrastructure, and securing investment.”

The meeting’s co-chair, Greater Manchester LEP chair Mike Blackburn, said: “Today was a golden opportunity for business leaders to sit down with the prime minister and identify the key action areas LEPs can help government with, and highlight current achievements.

“The government’s commitment to ‘place’ based development and growth plays to the core strengths of all LEPs, and our local strategies will exploit those strengths of locality and geography.”

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  • The PM rather misses the point that LEPs are designed not to represent the communities they serve (that's what councils do) - they represent business!

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