Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Opportunities for Business Leaders to help drive growth and jobs

Issued on behalf of Leeds City Region                                                

The Leeds City Region LEP is seeking passionate and proven business leaders to join its Board and supporting panels, including applicants for the post of LEP Board Chair.

The current terms of appointment of Board members expire at the end of March, and the LEP is taking the opportunity to refresh Board membership for the next stage of it's development. Current LEP Chair, Neil McLean, has today announced that this will include his stepping down from the role after two highly successful years.

Chair of the LEP Board, Neil McLean explains:

"Two years ago no-one knew whether LEP's would develop credibility or acquire the powers, responsibilities and resources to really help the Leeds City Region move forward.”

“I am immensely proud of the progress the Leeds City Region LEP has made. We have real momentum, have developed a strategic economic plan for the city region, helped to secure more than £90m for our businesses from the Government’s Regional Growth Fund, and successfully taken our £36m Growing Places Fund to market.”

“More generally, we have supported the conclusion of a truly ground-breaking City Deal that will empower the city region to take charge of its economic destiny in entirely new ways, and established ourselves with Government as truly one of the leading LEPs in the country. All of this is tribute to the capability and commitment of the whole Board, public and private sector members alike.”

“With the Government considering its response to the Heseltine review, the LEP now stands on the threshold of immensely important further development, with the devolution of significantly more substantial powers and budgets in years to come and additional private sector involvement is essential to ensure we maximise the opportunities there will be. I urge the business leadership of the city region to come forward to really unlock the potential that is there.”

Chair of the Leeds City Region Leaders Board, Councillor Peter Box adds:

“I am immensely grateful to Neil for his contribution over the last two years. He has led the LEP with clarity of purpose and unstinting commitment, and there is no question that without his expertise, negotiation skills and determination we wouldn’t be in the great position we are now. We are now looking for equally talented and like-minded business leaders to join the LEP and its groups to continue all the good work and see it through to the next exciting phase.”

Business leaders and entrepreneurs across the city region have until 15 February to express their interest in joining the LEP. Membership opportunities are available on the LEP Board, and its three thematic panels focused on business innovation and growth, employment and skills and the green economy.

Further information on the recruitment can be found online at www.leedscityregion.gov.uk


Notes to editors:

1. The Leeds City Region (LCR) Partnership brings together a group of 11 local authorities (Barnsley, Bradford, Calderdale, Craven, Harrogate, Kirklees, Leeds, Selby, Wakefield, York and North Yorkshire County Council), its local enterprise partnership (LEP) and partners to support economic growth and a better quality of life for our communities.

2. To achieve this vision the Partnership is working to deliver a city region wide economic strategy, “The Plan”. The Plan’s objectives are to support business and enterprise, enable a skilled and flexible workforce, foster a low carbon, sustainable economy and create the infrastructure for growth.

3. To ensure effective delivery of these priorities the Partnership was one of the first to agree a ‘city deal’, securing Government support to deliver its flagship initiatives.

The Leeds City Region economy

1. The Leeds City Region is the largest city region economy and financial centre in the country outside London. With a £50billion economy representing 5% of England’s economy, over 100,000 businesses and a 3 million population, the city region continues to be at the forefront in driving the economy of the North and accelerating national economic prosperity.

2. For more information on the Leeds City Region Partnership please visit www.leedscityregion.gov.uk.

For press/media enquiries please contact:
Senior Communications Officer
Leeds City Region Partnership
Tel: 07891 278049

Leeds offers a solution to beggars in the city centre

A new campaign to tackle begging in the city centre of Leeds is being launched.

Leeds City Council in partnership with a number of agencies across Leeds are raising awareness of begging being a crime and one that will not be tolerated in the city centre.

The message of the campaign is that there is always an alternative and that passers-by should not be funding a bad habit.

Ant, a formerly homeless beggar in Leeds, said:

“There are some people who will beg for food and drink but the vast majority will beg for drink and drugs’.

Officers from City Neighbourhood Policing Team and BTP regularly patrol with the Crime Reduction Initiative (CRI) Street Outreach Team to seek out rough sleepers and beggars, and take appropriate action based on each individual's risks and needs.

There are also many agencies in Leeds including CRI Leeds Street Outreach team, St George’s Crypt, St Anne’s Community Service, The Big Issue in the North Trust, Emmaus Leeds and Simon on the Streets that offer services for rough sleepers.

Councillor Peter Gruen, chair of Safer Leeds said:

“To make a difference, and instead of giving money to beggars, people can donate to one of the agencies offering free services to people in hardship. Just £2 will provide a free hot meal for someone and £25 will provide someone a free bed for the night.

“I fully support organisations that help people, but is has to be remembered that begging is a crime, and not one that will be tolerated in the city centre.

“It can cause distress to members of the public, and most of the beggars in Leeds are not sleeping rough.

“There are a number of services in Leeds which deliver a wide range of services for people including free food, free shelter, free advice and support.”

Anyone concerned about someone sleeping rough can call the CRI Street Outreach Team on

Tel 0113 245 9445 or during out of office hours the Council Emergency Duty Team on Tel: 0113 2409536.

Notes to editors;

For more information on the free services provided to rough sleepers in Leeds please visit the following websites:

CRI Leeds Street Outreach Team www.cri.org.uk

St Georges Crypt www.stgeorgescrypt.org.uk

St Anne’s Community Services www.st-annes.org.uk

The Big Issue in the north Trust www.bigissuesinthenorth.com

Emmaus Leeds www.emmaus.org.uk/leeds

Simon on the Streets www.simononthestreets.co.uk


For media enquiries, please contact;
Cat Milburn, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 247 4450
Email: Catherine.milburn@leeds.gov.uk

Leeds school closure update Tue Jan 22

Additonal school closure information for Leeds for Tuesday January 22.  Keep checking www.leeds.gov.uk for further updates:

Guiseley High Open normal time for exams and 11am everyone else partial closure

Abbey Grange Open as usual and school buses running open

St Frances of Assissi primary Open as usual  Open

Garforth college Open AM for revision classes and exams only partial closure

Horforth Featherbank primary open at 10am revised opening time

Raynville Primary- opening 10.30am