THE Prime Minister has discussed Cumbria's future economic opportunities with the chairman of the county's Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP).
Theresa May met George Beveridge in Birmingham at a one off event organised on behalf of the LEP Network.
The pair discussed transport, skills development, housing supply pressures, foreign investment and energy sector opportunities in offshore wind, nuclear, oil and gas.
Mr Beveridge also held discussions on the developing industrial strategy and Cumbria’s role in the Northern Powerhouse with Government ministers and key secretariat members, including Business Secretary Greg Clark, Northern Powerhouse Minister Andrew Percy, Commercial Secretary to the Treasury Lucy Neville-Rolfe and Lord Prior, who is also a Business Minister .
He said: “We welcomed the chance to sit round the table with the Prime Minister and along with our talks with other ministers, this was a significant opportunity to press Cumbria’s economic case,” said George Beveridge, chair of Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership.
“The PM acknowledged the LEPs’ role at the heart of our respective economies and local areas and was keen to hear about the challenges we face, particularly with regard to transport infrastructure and key sectors for growth, including the rural economy.
“In this context, Cumbria LEP has been strongly representing the county at Transport for the North (TfN) and has welcomed their emerging Strategic Road and Rail Plans which now fully recognise Cumbria’s major transport infrastructure priorities, that is, the coastal railway line, the A595, the A590 and the A66.”
LEPs are pressing the case for the government to prioritise on skills and greater engagement with the Department for Education and taking businesses into schools.
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