Like the other board members, I believe passionately in the future of business in Lancashire and want to use the experience I have gained over 35 years to support new and existing businesses. The county is already an economic powerhouse and a leading export centre, with many world-class firms and excellent universities.
We believe that business in Lancashire can be even more successful – and that’s where the LEP comes in. We have a huge range of initiatives to support local firms, from vastly improving our transport network to funding hundreds of extra apprentices every year.
The LEP believes in listening to local businesses and engaging with them. That’s why I spoke for the LEP at Insider magazine’s Made in Lancashire event where over 70 Lancashire businesses were represented.
I explained our work, such as how we are investing millions of pounds in the county. It was good to hear how businesses are performing, what their challenges are and where they see opportunity. I also led a LEP investment workshop at UCLan where I met many more business leaders who are keen to see further growth and prosperity through different funding opportunities.
This kind of engagement with local businesses is immensely valuable to the LEP. The LEP is here to listen to businesses in order that we can help in the right way.
My fellow board members and I aim to meet many more businesses face-to-face over the coming months and years. I look forward to working together with you to help transform Lancashire.
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