Tuesday, 12 April 2011

Major funding boost for the Leeds City Region

The Government has today announced that four successful bidders in the Leeds City Region will receive a funding boost from the Regional Growth Fund.

Haribo sweets factory in Wakefield, David Brown Gear Systems in Huddersfield, Deafinitions in Bradford and a housing and regeneration project in Wakefield have all successfully bid for a portion of the £450m of funding made available for projects across the country.

Neil McLean, Chair of the Leeds City Region Local Enterprise Partnership said:

“The Leeds City Region bids to Round 1 complimented the Partnership’s economic aims and objectives and presented a realistic and competitive case for private sector investment and jobs creation.

“The second round will be much larger and I think that the local enterprise partnership will be very well placed in getting support for programmes that deliver growth and jobs.

“We will therefore continue to provide support to businesses throughout the next round in order to ensure that the city region benefits as much as possible from the Fund.”

The announcement today by Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, also launched Round 2 of the funding process and confirmed that the second round will offer opportunities for submitting proposals for LEP investment programmes as well as individual projects. The second round is open to both new and unsuccessful bidders and the deadline for submissions is the 1 July.

This follows recent announcement in the Budget that Leeds City Region will be able to benefit by enterprise zone-style tax breaks, deregulation, and relaxation of planning rules as one of the country’s designated enterprise zones.

The Leeds City Region Local Enterprise Partnership Board is now considering options and will work to make a decision on the exact location by early May.


Notes to editors:

The Regional Growth Fund

1. The Regional Growth Fund will provide £1.4bn over 3 years between 2011 and 2014 to stimulate enterprise. Funds intend to provide support for projects and programmes with significant potential for creating long term private sector led economic growth and employment. The main objective is to help areas dependent on the public sector move towards private sector-led growth.
2. For further details on RGF Round 2 please visit http://www.bis.gov.uk/policies/economic-development/regional-growth-fund

The Leeds City Region Partnership

1. The Leeds City Region (LCR) Partnership brings together a group of 11 local authorities (Barnsley, Bradford, Calderdale, Craven, Harrogate, Kirklees, Leeds, Selby, Wakefield and York, along with North Yorkshire County Council) with businesses and partners to support economic growth and a better quality of life for our communities.
2. The Leeds City Region Local Enterprise Partnership area is the largest city region economy and financial centre in the country outside London. With a £51billion economy representing 5% of the overall UK economy, over 100,000 businesses and a 3 million population, the city region will continue to be at the forefront in both driving the economy of the North and accelerating national economic prosperity.
3. The Leeds City Region’s main objectives are: providing sustainable and affordable housing, better connected transport system, skills and training that reflect the needs of city region employers, creating the environment for businesses to innovate and supporting low carbon, sustainable communities.
4. For more information on the Leeds City Region Partnership please visit www.leedscityregion.gov.uk.

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Sara Hyman, Press and Media Manager
Leeds City Council Press Office Tel: 0113 22 43602

Deadline this Thursday to register to vote

Leeds City Council is reminding people that to vote in this year's elections and referendum they must be registered by this Thursday, 14 April.

Voting is taking place this year on 5 May for seats on Leeds City Council, local parish councils and in a referendum on an alternative voting system for UK parliamentary elections.

To have your say on 5 May, you must have submitted your application to register as a voter by this Thursday. The elections helpline number is 0113- 222 4411. This is also the number to call for registration forms, which can also be requested by emailing electors@leeds.gov.uk or downloaded from the council’s website here electoral registration

The Electoral Commission plans to deliver public information booklets this year to all UK households about the local elections and referendum in advance of the polls. To find out more or to download a copy of the booklet go to www.electoralcommission.org.uk

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Donna Cox, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 224 3335
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