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Steve Fogg has announced he is to stand down from his role as Chairman of Lancashire Enterprise Partnership (LEP)

Steve Fogg has announced he is to stand down from his role as Chairman of Lancashire Enterprise Partnership (LEP). He was recently named as the next Chair of Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Commenting on the news, LEP Deputy Chairman David Taylor said: “I want to thank Steve for everything he has done for the LEP during his stewardship. His tenure as Chair has seen the Lancashire economy face the unprecedented challenges of Brexit uncertainty, the COVID pandemic and a recession. Throughout these trying times, he has remained steadfast in his determination to see the Lancashire economy recover and grow.”

“Our loss is undoubtedly the NHS’s gain.  I am delighted that Steve will be able to use his considerable business experience and extensive leadership skills to help such an important public service in these difficult times.”

Cllr Mohammed Khan, Leader of Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council, said: “I would like to thank Steve for his contribution to the LEP as Chair.  He has been a good advocate for Lancashire, particularly given the economic challenges we face with Covid-19, and his continued effort to ensure Lancashire’s businesses get the support they need will be missed.”

Reflecting on his time chairing the LEP, Steve Fogg said: “I will be sad to say goodbye to the LEP. My time as Chair has coincided with some of the most challenging times that the Lancashire economy has seen and I will always remain a champion and advocate for Lancashire businesses and its people. I am particularly proud of all the work that the LEP has done in developing a new strategic framework, the establishment of business-led sector groups and encouraging and delivering investment for growth, through projects such as the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre at Samlesbury Enterprise Zone, as well as securing a further £34.1m for Lancashire from the Government’s Getting Building Fund.”

“The LEP has a strong board, a committed staff and a clear plan to help Lancashire businesses weather the current economic storm and grow back stronger on the other side.”

A further announcement regarding the timeline for appointing a successor as Chair of the LEP will follow in due course.  David Taylor will take over as Interim Chair of the LEP with immediate effect.

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