Local Industrial Strategy – CALL FOR EVIDENCE

20 February 2019





The Government’s Industrial Strategy was launched in November 2017 with the aim of increasing growth and productivity across the UK. The Strategy is focused around five foundations:

  • Ideas
  • People
  • Infrastructure
  • Business Environment
  • Place

The Industrial Strategy incorporates four Grand Challenges set by the Government to put the UK at the forefront of future industries, ensuring that we take advantage of major global changes, improve people’s lives and increase productivity:

  • Clean Energy
  • Ageing Society
  • Artificial Intelligence and Data
  • Future of Mobility

Work is ongoing with stakeholders to map the region’s strengths against the Grand Challenges to inform development of the Local Industrial Strategy.

This is a joint call for evidence that covers both the Leeds City Region and York and North Yorkshire LEP geography, incorporating the following districts:

















Local Industrial Strategies

Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) are responsible for delivering Local Industrial Strategies. These will be long-term, evidence-based plans aligned to the national Industrial Strategy that will:

  • Strengthen economic growth and reduce disparities by boosting productivity, earning power and competitiveness
  • Identify local strengths and challenges, future opportunities and the actions required to improve skills, increase innovation, enhance infrastructure and create business growth
  • Strengthening places across the Region
  • Guide the use of funding streams as well as funding devolved to local areas

Our Local Industrial Strategy will focus on bold steps aimed at driving inclusive growth, boosting productivity and improving living standards for a post-2030 economy.

Building on our collective strengths and our range of specialisms, and by bringing businesses, local authorities, universities and other partners together, our Local Industrial Strategy will play a key role in:

  • Keeping the Region and UK at the forefront of scientific research, innovation and new technologies
  • Investing in infrastructure and place to transform the places where people want to live and work, and where businesses want to invest
  • Nurturing future talent, addressing skills shortages, promoting lifelong learning, and providing the technical skills that will drive our economy


Building the Evidence Base

Our Local Industrial Strategy will be underpinned by robust evidence drawing out relative strengths and weaknesses, with an emphasis on productivity. We already have a strong evidence base on which to build our plan. This will continue to develop and will be informed by in-depth research focusing on particular issues.

We are launching this Call for Evidence to ensure that we have a wide range of material as we develop our Local Industrial Strategy.

We are particularly interested in existing studies and research relating to:

  • Productivity performance, driving factors and the role of infrastructure
  • Meeting skills needs in a diverse regional economy
  • Innovation capacity and diffusion
  • Ensuring the benefits of economic growth are enjoyed by all
  • Future social, environmental and economic trends
  • Understanding and evaluating impact
  • The strengths and opportunities that are unique to our economy
  • Regional strengths in relation to the Grand Challenges 

Initially, we want to hear from the research community but there will be an opportunity for other stakeholders to contribute when we launch our broader consultation on the Local Industrial Strategy later this year.

Please submit your evidence, including details of who carried out the work, to [email protected]  by 31st March 2019.    

If you have any queries, please contact [email protected] 

Further Research

We are also commissioning additional research to support the development of our Local Industrial Strategy. You can find details here: 

West and North Yorkshire Productivity Audit and Sector Analysis

Understanding the Region’s Innovation Culture, Capacity and Potential

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