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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 446,000 to 577,280 and raise the total employment rate from 66.5% to 80% (plus 96,890 people into jobs).

Our aim is to support an extra 2,189 companies to start up each year, and to focus on driving growth through our key strategic companies raising GVA in the area to £36bn per annum by 2030.

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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.

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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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Wolves at Work programme celebrates extension
14/02/2020
Wolves at Work has been extended into a fourth year as it celebrates reaching another major milestone.
Derelict Pipe Hall site to be redeveloped as WMCA accelerates regeneration in Bilston and other town centres
10/02/2020
The derelict Pipe Hall in Bilston town centre is set to be redeveloped after being purchased by the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA).
Dudley residents and businesses advised to plan ahead as first Metro works to begin on Castle Hill in February
10/02/2020
Castle Hill in Dudley will see a two-way lane restriction from 24 February 2020 as enabling works for the Wednesbury to Brierley Hill Metro extension get underway in Dudley town centre.

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