Blog Posts

  • 6 Skills & Labour Market Tips for Local Authoritie...

    What Can Super Mario and Bowling Teach Local Authorities about Skills and Labour Market Strategy? Surrendering to Super Mario My son is a Digital Native. As I watch him rout me at Super Mario Kart for the third time this evening, I accept that he will be always be at home with computers, code and sub-menus, while I will always struggle to install the latest software update on my phone....

  • The Apprenticeship Levy – Practical Issues for L...

    What is the Apprenticeship Levy? 3 Million Apprenticeship Starts by 2020 The Spending Review and Autumn Statement 2015 announced the introduction of an Apprenticeship Levy in April 2017. The aim is to secure 3 million apprenticeship starts by 2020. If achieved, this will see government spending on apprenticeships in less than a decade (compared to 2010-11 in cash terms). The Levy is desig...

  • Three Economic Development Lessons Learned from Br...

    Despite raising eyebrows in some quarters, UK Sport is getting more and more medals for its investment in sporting success. The UK Sport’s World Class Performance Programme was set up after Team GB's solitary gold medal at the Atlanta Olympics in 1996 and has become a highly effective channel to secure medals. Total investment by UK Sport has risen by £25 million since Beijing’s Games in 200...

  • Brexit: What would Australian-style immigration co...

    The EU Referendum debate and Brexit decision has put the issue of immigration firmly in the spotlight. We live in uncertain times, but there is a strong prospect that controls could soon be introduced on migration from the EU.  Immigration has played an important part in supporting growth in many Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) areas over the past decade.  This means both LEPs and local au...

  • Capital Spread: Mapping the GLA’s Regeneration Spe...

    As his mayoralty draws to a close, we thought it would be interesting to take a look back at Boris Johnson’s approach to regeneration and specifically, where the Greater London Authority’s cash has been spent over the last 8 years. We have mapped where the £142m was allocated through the four major regeneration grant funds (Outer London Fund (OLF), Mayor’s Regeneration Fund (MRF), High Streets...

  • How Might A Theresa May Government Share Economic...

    This year, several LEPs have reviewed their Economic Plans and the priorities that they originally set out. The focus of LEPs has recently been focused around issues such as economic competitiveness, sectors and innovation and their Strategic Economic Plans are still quite rooted in the physical infrastructure agenda.  As the new Prime Minister takes office with a promise to “build a better B...

  • How is local growth shaping up?

    With round 3 of the Local Growth Fund (LGF) now upon us, Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) need to be quickly reflecting on some of the challenges involved in developing a pipeline of successful projects. LEPs have been the central component of the government’s aspirations to promote local economic growth since the 2010 White Paper, Local Growth, Realising Every Place’s Potential. They star...

  • LEPs leading the way in Area Based Reviews

    In the third and final of our blogs on Area Based Reviews (ABR) we consider the role of LEPs in the process and what steps need to be taken to form a collective view on the ‘Skills Conclusion’ for the area. Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) provide the starting point for each review.  They have a key role to play in ensuring that the process delivers an offer that meets each area’s educatio...