Leeds Growth Strategy – Call for Evidence

Leeds, Leeds Star

Leeds City Council is calling for evidence to support a review of the Leeds Growth Strategy. Beginning today and running until 30th November the consultation will involve local businesses and other key stakeholders. More information on the consultation including an Issues Paper can be found at www.leedsgrowthstrategy.com and responses can be sent to growth.strategy@leeds.gov.uk

The revised strategy will form the basis of a delivery plan to support economic growth. It will identify key sectors and locations for growth, alongside regeneration, housing, skills, transport and infrastructure opportunities.

Growing the economy has many benefits, improvements to productivity has a direct correlation to living standards. It will mean more money for public services, reduced unemployment and increased wages.

Leader of Leeds City Council Councillor Judith Blake, said:

“Our vision for Leeds is a compassionate city with a strong economy, where everyone can contribute to their full potential. We will work to tackle poverty and disadvantage; this includes improving the health of the poorest fastest; working to become a child friendly city; investing in our young people; and building on the scale and diversity of the Leeds economy through business investment and expansion. By doing this we can raise levels of productivity in our economy.

Leeds has enormous potential for growth and we have had some real success stories in recent years. But we cannot be complacent, Leeds still doesn’t have a modern integrated transport system and recent flooding has impacted on many businesses.

We are determined to continue building a strong economy and this new strategy is an opportunity to build on our position of strength, working closely with business and partners to see what we are doing well and where we can work better.”

Notes to editors

More information on the consultation including an Issues Paper can be found at www.leedsgrowthstrategy.com

Businesses in Leeds will be invited to a Growth Strategy Summit to be held in January 2017.

Please submit any consultation responses to growth.strategy@leeds.gov.uk