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Two more LEPs get green light

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Ministers have announced local enterprise partnerships in north Yorkshire and north Hampshire bringing the total number of the new economic development bodies to 30.

Decentralisation minister Greg Clark and business minister Mark Prisk gave the green light to the York & North Yorkshire LEP and the Enterprise M3 LEP.

Both had been given an amber light in September when the first wave of LEPs - council and business-led partnerships established to take the place of the regional development agencies - were announced.

York & North Yorkshire aims to secure investment for next-generation broadband, promote enterprise and support its important tourist economy and food and agricultural sectors, the ministers said.

The boundary of the York & North Yorkshire LEP, an area with a population of 797,000 comprises the local authority areas of: City of York Council; North Yorkshire CC; Craven DC; Hambleton DC; Harrogate BC; Richmondshire DC; Ryedale DC; Scarborough BC and Selby DC.

Enterprise M3 - covering parts of Hampshire and Surrey - aims to boost the areas sustainable economic growth, attracting, retaining and creating businesses locally improving skills, broadband coverage and transport links, they added.

The Enterprise M3 LEP covers an area with a population of 1.1m and comprises the local authority areas of: Basingstoke and Deane BC; Hampshire CC; Hart DC; Rushmoor BC; Surrey Heath BC; Test Valley BC; Winchester City Council; East Hampshire DC ; Woking BC; Guildford BC; and Waverley BC.

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