Cheshire LEP vies for share of £2bn pot

THE Cheshire and Warrington local enterprise partnership (LEP) has submitted its bid for a slice of the Government’s £2bn Local Growth Fund.

It has focused on three projects: Atlantic Gateway, a ribbon of development along the ship canal between Liverpool and Manchester; Cheshire Science Corridor, a group of connected centres of excellence; and Crewe High Growth City, a plan to drive future prosperity on the back of high speed rail.

Christine Gaskell, chair of the Cheshire & Warrington Enterprise Partnership, said: “We have been collaborating with partners in the public, private and voluntary sectors to prepare a really persuasive and compelling economic strategy and growth plan for Cheshire and Warrington.

“Our next steps are to go from strategy to delivery. I’m looking forward to working with all stakeholders within the sub-region to maximise growth potential.”

Cities minister Greg Clark said: “The Government welcomes the strategic economic plan that Cheshire and Warrington LEP has published and looks forward to continued engagement with local civic and business leaders over the next few months on the negotiation of their Growth Deal.”