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Three new LEPs given green light

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Three new local economic development partnerships have been approved in east Anglia, Worcestershire and the Black Country, ministers have announced.

The latest three local enterprise partnerships (LEP) proposals to be given the ministerial green light are in addition to 24 proposals given the go ahead in October. The new LEPs include “New Anglia” - which covers the councils within Norfolk and Suffolk CCs - as well as a LEP covering Worcestershire CC and a LEP for the Black Country.

Business secretary Vince Cable said: “I am pleased that we are able to ask another three local enterprise partnerships to appoint their boards. The partnerships have an important role to play in driving local economic growth and creating a strong environment for business.”

The announcement means all of the east of England and the west midlands are now covered by LEPs, which ministers want to replace the soon-to-be-abolished regional development agencies.

However, it was not clear whether Bromsgrove DC would be part of the Worcestershire LEP, as last month the council elected to join the Greater Birmingham LEP.

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