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A united approach to delivering growth in the East Midlands

A united approach to delivering growth in the East Midlands

Work to boost inclusive growth across the region has taken an important step forward this week following the incorporation of the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) into the new East Midlands Combined County Authority (EMCCA). 

The move sees around 20 LEP staff joining the EMCCA to support the work to improve the lives of everyone living and working in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire and Derby and Derbyshire, through delivering improvements in transport, housing, skills and adult education and net zero. 

Local enterprise partnerships were established across the country in 2010 with responsibilities for local economic development in their region. Now, as part of the devolution deal agreed with government that established EMCCA, the LEP’s board agreed that its functions would be incorporated into the EMCCA to deliver a unified approach to tackling the region’s challenges. 

Mark Rogers, interim Chief Executive of EMCCA said: 

“We’re absolutely delighted to welcome LEP staff to the EMCCA. It’s an important step forward in growing organisational capacity and supporting our devolution journey that’s seen powers move from Westminster to the East Midlands where we can make the right decisions for the people we serve. 

“The move means the expertise, knowledge and experience that supports business growth, investment opportunities and partnership working is in one place where we can make a real difference to our region.” 

Will Morlidge, Chief Executive of D2N2 LEP said: 

"I'm delighted that the LEP team is joining the Combined County Authority. We're extremely proud of the work we've done over the last 13 years, but joining EMCCA means that across a whole range of issues we can do more, even bigger, even better things that support our region." 

The D2N2 Board, which provides strategic leadership for the LEP, will be in place until the end of this year.  

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