Buckinghamshire Thames Valley Local Enterprise Partnership
Richard has lead responsibility for a business led Local Enterprise Partnership at the Entrepreneurial Heart of Britain, including the development and implementation of a Bucks plan to align public and private sector investment and secure and invest European and UK Government funding to build the conditions for sustainable economic growth across Buckinghamshire and by collaborating with neighbouring areas.
Recent activity has involved the establishment of the strategically important Aylesbury Vale Enterprise Zone, which includes the Aylesbury Woodlands mixed use development, securing funding to invest in incubation and innovation centres, development of a Skills Strategy for Buckinghamshire, and supporting Growth Hub activity to grow local business and attract inward investment.
A Chartered Town Planner and Chartered Surveyor specialising in public private delivery, prior to the LEP Richard led a successful public private local delivery vehicle that translated planned employment, infrastructure and housing growth from the Sustainable Communities Plan into tangible outcomes on the ground.
11:25 am - 11:45 am
Delivering growth: Lessons from the Buckinghamshire Thames Valley Local Enterprise Partnership
Theatre: Finance and Corporate
Local enterprise partnerships remain the lynchpin of delivering localised prosperity, brought to even more prominence in the government’s new industrial strategy which hopes to deliver more inclusive economic growth for Britain.
- Understanding the national landscape of LEPs and organisations involved in the promotion of local growth
- Collaborating with councils, cross-regional bodies, skills organisations and more to deliver economic development in Bucks
- Facilitating growth through “Buckinghamshire Business First”, supporting the creation of jobs and increases in profitability
- Creating the foundations of growth through collaboration in delivering skills, transport and broader infrastructure for the region