This board also includes the leaders of Bournemouth, Dorset and Poole Councils and a representative of the District Councils. The Board is completed by Bournemouth University and Bournemouth and Poole College on behalf of colleges across Dorset.
The board is made up of the following members:
The LEP will work towards creating new jobs in Dorset, improving the skills of the existing workforce in businesses across the county and improving communications and connectivity across all local industry.
Gordon Page from Hamworthy plc, who was elected chairman at the first gathering, said: “We have a strong team in the new board of the LEP, and we will need it to provide the leadership required to see Dorset’s economy develop in these difficult times. Dorset faces many challenges, but we have a lot going in our favour and it is up to us to make the most of the opportunities and assets we have to provide jobs and prosperity for Dorset.”
There are currently 38 Local Enterprise Partnerships covering almost all of the country, and they will be expected to provide local vision and leadership for economic recovery and growth.
Local Enterprise Partnerships contribute to the Government’s agenda for rebuilding and rebalancing the economy. The Government recognises that local businesses and local authorities together are best placed to understand the needs and opportunities of their community.
For further information contact David Walsh, Dorset County Council’s economic development manager, on (01305) 224254, log on to http://www.dorsetforyou.com/localenterprisepartnership or the Dorset Local Enterprise website.
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