At its meeting on 28 April, the Combined Authority approved plans to integrate the work of the Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), which provides a voice for the city region’s business community, into the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority.
This means that a new Business and Enterprise Board will be created within the Combined Authority to take over the role of providing a voice for business in the Liverpool City Region.
Bringing the business voice directly into the Combined Authority’s policy-making processes will enable the Combined Authority to work more closely and directly with businesses, especially those in industry clusters that will be of critical importance to the future success of the city region economy.
Following a national review of the work of Local Enterprise Partnerships, the Combined Authority was required by Government to integrate the functions of the LEP into its own governance structure.
Since the creation of the Combined Authority, several LEP-related functions, such as setting local economic priorities and leading on economic growth and job creation, have already moved across to the Combined Authority.