01 October 2013

More than eighty business leaders and policy makers came together to focus on strategies for growth at the latest Coast to Capital LEP Forum event on 19 September 2013.

Held every six months, the Forum provides an opportunity for the LEP to consult widely with public, private and third sector organisations and businesses from West Sussex, Brighton and Lewes, Croydon and the Gatwick Diamond areas.    

The Government has tasked Coast to Capital to develop a long-term growth plan that will boost the local economy in line with the national growth strategy.  The plan is expected to include the EU structural investment funds strategy, a new skills strategy and the Greater Brighton City Deal.

John Peel, Chairman of Coast to Capital said at the Forum: “We will publish our initial strategic economic plan later this month. We will then work with our businesses, councils and other stakeholders to fine tune a bold, innovative and inclusive plan that will ensure our economy continues to grow and gives the Government the confidence to invest in our region.”

Ron Crank, Chief Executive, said the plan will be “ambitious and transformational”.  He added: “It will strengthen the local economy and create new jobs, improving skills, boosting enterprise and increasing investment in infrastructure and green growth.”

The views of businesses and other stakeholders are key to the plan’s success.   The draft document will be published during the Autumn providing an opportunity for more local consultation before the final document is submitted to Government in January 2014.  Join the conversation online on Twitter at @Coast2Capital #C2Cgrowth or view the plan online at www.coast2capital.org.uk from October 2013. 

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