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Business Growth

The Black Country Local Enterprise Partnership understands the need to improve its Business Base.

By 2033, we aspire to raise the number of local jobs from 429,100 to 545,000 and raise the total employment rate from 65.9% to 80% (plus 95,824 people into jobs).

Our aim is to support an extra 1,400 companies to start up each year, and to focus on driving growth through our key strategic companies raising GVA in the area to £17bn per annum.


Upskilling for Growth

Raising employability, education and skills are the business critical 'People' priorities in the Black Country LEP’s Strategic Economic Plan.

Critical to this work, is the necessity to work closer with employers across our Transformational and Enabling sectors to articulate what are the employer-led demand for skills and how we can work closer with providers to match this supply and demand.


Regional Developments for Growth

Transformation of the Black Country Infrastructure and Environment is fundamental to the future growth of the Black Country Economy.

The Black Country is unique amongst LEPs in having a unified, endorsed Core Strategy. It is the single largest shared, statutory development plan in England that will achieve growth and economic transformation, setting out the scale and form of development to create jobs, homes and an improved transport network. 


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Black Country LEP to attend Advanced Engineering 2016
The Black Country LEP (BCLEP) will attend the Advanced Engineering 2016 show when it returns to the NEC in Birmingham on Wednesday 2 and Thursday 3 November.
Go-ahead given for next phase of Springfield Campus
The latest plans by the University of Wolverhampton to transform a derelict brewery into a £100m education hub for construction and the built environment have been given the green light.
City Deal Working Together mid-point project successes
City Deal ‘Working Together’ is a pilot project which aims to increase the employability and employment of 2,800 long-term unemployed and economically inactive Black Country social housing...

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