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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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How can the Queens Award for Enterprise benefit your business? Free online event to find out more
06/07/2020
Join the Black Country LEP and partners for an online event outlining how Black Country business can benefit from the Queens Award for Enterprise.
Ambitious plan launched to retrofit 50,000 homes across the West Midlands
06/07/2020
The West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) has today (6 July) set out ambitious plans to retrofit 50,000 homes across the West Midlands by the end of 2022 to help tackle fuel poverty.
New partnership launched to reduce road casualties in the West Midlands
06/07/2020
Emergency services and local authorities across the West Midlands have joined forces on a new partnership set up to cut the number of people seriously injured on our roads by 40%.

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