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Gloucestershire gets LEP

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Businesses in Gloucestershire will be supported by a new local enterprise partnership, bringing to 34 the total number of the economic development bodies around England.

Business minister Mark Prisk gave the Gloucestershire local enterprise partnership (LEP) the green light after a bid was submitted earlier this year.

He said the LEP had the support from all seven councils in Gloucestershire. It joins the 33 partnerships announced since October last year.

For full detail of all the LEPs announced, including the boards, as they are appointed, see chief reporter Allister Hayman’s continually updated blog.

Mr Prisk said: “I’m delighted that we are able to approve a proposal for a Gloucestershire partnership that had the best interests of the area at its heart.

The announcement means in the south-west of England only Wiltshire, Swindon and Bournemouth, Dorset & Poole remain without a LEP.

Wiltshire has submitted a bid for a partnership covering their county area, while Bournemouth, Dorset & Poole are being encouraged to join the neighbouring Solent LEP.

Mr Prisk said: “We are edging closer to having 100% coverage of local enterprise partnerships in England and we are continuing to assess proposals for further partnerships in areas which are currently not represented.”

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