core-cities-bristol-temple-The local enterprise partnerships (LEPs) of England’s largest cities, including the West of England LEP which covers Bristol and Bath, have joined forces with Core Cities to form the ‘Cities for Business’ partnership.

This partnership, a 16-strong experienced advisory board formed from city and business leaders, will advise government on how to create growth outside of the South East.

Cities for Business released a joint statement to chancellor George Osborne, shadow chancellor Ed Balls and chief secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander, calling for new freedoms and flexibility to support local growth.

Its vision includes the establishment of innovation growth hubs in each Core City and more local control over skills and employment services.

“There is tremendous benefit to be had from co-operation between England’s principal cities and Local Enterprise Partnerships as we join forces to bang the drum for our vital business sector”

 

CoreCitiesLogoCore Cities is a united local authority run by city leaders with an aim to enable the eight largest city economies outside London enhance their economic performance and make them better places to live, work, visit and do business. Self selected and self funded Core Cities provides a united voice for Birmingham, Bristol, Liverpool, Leeds, Manchester, Nottingham, Newcastle and Sheffield.

And that voice should be listened to, as Core Cities, together with their surrounding urban areas:

  • are home to 16 million people, almost a third of the population of England
  • generate 27% of England’s wealth (more than London)
  • are home to half of the country’s leading research universities, and
  • contain 28% of highly skilled workers (graduate level or above)

Bristol Mayor George Ferguson, who is also the Core Cities Cabinet Member for Low Carbon and Energy, said of the partnership: “There is tremendous benefit to be had from co-operation between England’s principal cities and Local Enterprise Partnerships as we join forces to bang the drum for our vital business sector.”

“It’s another step towards city regions being recognised as the country’s key drivers of growth and taking more responsibility for our local economies. Cities are best placed to work constructively with the business sector and ensure local, regional and national success.”