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Business Secretary meets Gloucestershire LEP Board members

PUBLISHED: 09:36 11 February 2013 | UPDATED: 22:10 26 February 2013

Business Secretary Vince Cable met with members of Gloucestershire Local Enterprise Partnership last week to discuss its progress.

Business Secretary meets Gloucestershire LEP Board members

Business Secretary Vince Cable met with members of Gloucestershire Local Enterprise Partnership last week to discuss its progress.

The Secretary of State was keen to hear about the LEPs work on skills, connectivity and investment and was particularly interested in its work as the countrys retail Pathfinder and the work of its Banking Group.

Last year the LEP was named as the national retail Pathfinder by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills , which means it is a national trailblazer for retail. The LEPs Banking Group is made up of eight leading banks and has already won plaudits for its work with businesses from other members of central government.

David Owen, chief executive of GFirst, which drives Gloucestershire Local Enterprise Partnership, said: We were delighted to meet with the Business Secretary and tell him about what Gloucestershire LEP has achieved and our vision to inspire growth in the county. He was very interested in the work of our Banking Group, not least the fact that all the bankers are able to put competition aside for the greater good of the county.

Our businesses have really got behind the LEP since it was launched just under two years ago and with their continued support we will ensure that this county prospers.

The Business Secretary had wanted to visit Gloucestershire LEP to review the Local Enterprise Partnerships progress and provide an update on current government support for LEPs.

He said: "The Gloucestershire Local Enterprise Partnership is a good example ofhow businesses canwork together withlocal government to helpboost skills and investment and drive economic growth. It was useful to learn more about what the Gloucestershire LEPisdoing, especially in the banking and retail sector and the work they are doing to promote apprenticeships. Its clear they are totally focussed on building a stronger economyfor the County. I hope to meet with them again soon to hear an update on their work."


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