New official figures confirm that the Black Country heads the table for growth in the Midlands and is the second highest performer amongst national Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) areas for economic growth in 2013.
The Black Country LEP Annual Review has now been published for 2014, outlining the LEP's plans for the future.
The latest edition of the Black Country LEP newsletter is available now, featuring the most up-to-date information about business initiatives, events and successes in the region.
The Black Country Local Enterprise Partnership’s Growth Deal was signed today by Greg Clark, Universities, Science and Cities Minister and Stewart Towe, Black Country LEP Chair.
The Black Country Local Enterprise Partnership has agreed an expansion to its Growth Deal with the Government which will see an extra £24m invested in the Black Country between 2016 and 2021.
The Black Country Local Enterprise Partnership today agreed an expansion to its Growth Deal with the Government which will see an extra £24 million invested in the Black Country between 2016 and 2021.
The Black Country Skills Factory is supporting its 100th Apprentice through its innovative programme of investment in skills across the High Value Manufacturing (HVM) sector since July 2013. Nick Fletcher, aged 18 years, is currently undertaking his apprenticeship as an Apprentice Turner at J Marklew Engineering Ltd, Netherton, Dudley.
2015 breakfast meetings aimed at helping businesses take full advantage of apprenticeships and gain impartial information and advice in the Black Country.
The Black Country Skills Factory has launched a fourth programme of bite-size courses to be delivered from January to late April 2015.
The Black Country Skills Factory has secured funding of £105k from the UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES) through their UK Futures Programme - Management and Leadership in Supply Chains and networked organisations. With match funding from employers the total project value is £166k. The project will be delivered over the next fifteen months.
The government announced it will allocate a further £1billion from the local growth fund for a second wave of growth deals as a national competition.
On 7 November 2014, Council leaders from the four Black Country councils and Birmingham announced an agreement in principle to work as a Combined Authority.
The Black Country Skills Factory unexpectedly has places remaining on select courses taking place during December 2014.
The Black Country LEP welcomed today’s announcement of the Government’s Road Investment Strategy which confirmed funding for the following projects:
The site, home to Jaguar Land Rover's new engine manufacturing centre among others, has been developed in partnership between Staffordshire County Council, Wolverhampton City Council and South Staffordshire Council, with the councils investing over £40 million in the junction and site infrastructure.
The Black Country Skills Factory features in the ITN Productions programme 'Working to Engineer a Better World' as an example of a local and targeted project aimed at improving the skills needed for the high value manufacturing sector in the Black Country.