LEP all set for Northern Powerhouse ambitions

On 28 May, James Wharton, the Minister for Local Growth and the Northern Powerhouse visited Fera Science at Sandhutton near York, where he heard how the centre is becoming a world leader in the global issue of food security and providing an economic boost to the local area. One of the reasons for this is the investment provided by the York, North Yorkshire and East Riding Enterprise Partnership (the LEP).

The minister met with the LEP Chair, Barry Dodd CBE, Local Authority leaders including North Yorkshire’s Cllr Carl Les, East Riding of Yorkshire’s Cllr Stephen Parnaby and Deputy Leader of York City Council, Cllr Keith Aspden.

The purpose of the visit was to discuss the government’s plans to move powers out of Whitehall so counties, towns and cities are able to support businesses better, creating more jobs and bringing about greater prosperity.

Barry Dodd said “York, North Yorkshire and the East Riding is well placed to realise Whitehall’s ambitions for the Northern Powerhouse. We have two multi-billion pound investments, which include a carbon capture project and the proposed potash mine. As well as that, we are a centre of innovation, working with organisations like Fera Science to enhance our place as a world-leader in agricultural technology and innovations in biorenewable energy. York really is the Cambridge of the North.”

Dodd continued “At the LEP we don’t plan to rest on our laurels, our door is open to work with government to support our goals. Our investments will deliver growth and jobs across the whole North of England.”

Northern Powerhouse Minister James Wharton said: “The Government is moving powers out of Whitehall so our towns and cities are able to support businesses better to create thousands of local jobs and bring about greater prosperity both in North Yorkshire and right across the North.

“Fera Science is a great example of the dynamic and innovative companies that are making a positive impact that will help the area make a valuable contribution to the development of a Northern Powerhouse.”

As part of the Growth Deal, the LEP was appointed over £122 million funding until 2021. With that funding, the LEP has secured 18 projects across York, North Yorkshire and the East Riding, which includes £2.1 million for the National Agri-Food Innovation Campus, as well as projects for improving transport links, creating more homes and connecting every student to business.