Black Country Local Enterprise Partnership
The Black Country Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) aims to create the conditions for enterprise to flourish resulting in greater economic prosperity across the Black Country area.
It will do this through facilitation and co-ordination of actions by private, public and voluntary sector organisations with a focus on stimulating the drivers of economic development education & skills development and infrastructure & environmental enhancements.
Outcomes from these collective actions are focussed on increasing the levels of employment, improving the levels of businesses operating within the area, modernisation and diversifying the business base, up skilling across the workforce, which will all contribute to the BC LEP's Key Performance Measure of closing the Black Country's productivity gap (2010: £6bn p.a).
The Black Country LEP submission to Government in autumn 2010 identified a range of 'Barriers to private sector led economic Growth' and these have shaped the partnerships initial actions.