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.
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.
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.