09 September 2014

September update

In spite of the holiday season work has been continuing here at the LEP and I'm glad to be able to update you on recent developments.

£5.6 million free training for SMEs

More than 500 employees from Lancashire's small and medium sized businesses are already signed up to benefit from a £5.6m workforce training programme which will ultimately provide training for 4,000 staff.

Lancashire Skills Support for the Workforce (LSS) provides businesses signing up to the scheme with a free training needs analysis and employees will receive free, accredited training from leading providers, based on their needs.

A highly trained and motivated workforce is vitally important to help our businesses grow.  This scheme brings together ambitious businesses and leading training providers to provide exceptional development opportunities for people working in Lancashire.

The Lancashire Enterprise Partnership is leading a partnership which includes Lancashire County Council and a host of the county's leading training providers.  The £5.6 million funding from the European Social Fund will provide free accredited training to businesses across the whole of Lancashire.

Find out how your business could benefit at www.lancashireskillssupport.co.uk

Growth Deal News

In other news, a huge amount of work has been going on behind the scenes to make sure that we are ready to start activity on the Growth Deal projects by 1 April next year.  The next stage in the process is preparing the detailed Delivery and Implementation Plan so we can sign the final Growth Deal document with Government in the Autumn.  As part this work I will be meeting with Lancashire MPs in October to make sure they are up to speed with the Growth Deal and how it will contribute to Lancashire's future prosperity.

We are always keen to capitalise on new funding opportunities and are keeping a close eye on developments that may lead to a potential second round of Growth Deal funding.  We know that we have the track record to persuade government that we can really deliver and will compete for our share of whatever funding may be on the table.

I'll keep you informed about further developments in future updates.