University business and innovation expertise added to LLEP board
Issued by University of Leicester on 6 January 2011
The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Leicester, Professor Sir Robert Burgess, has joined the LLEP Board and immediately immersed himself in the role by hosting the recent visit by Business Secretary Vince-Cable.
The Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills and President of the Board of Trade was at the University of Leicester where he met members of the LLEP Board and heard how, in the few months since its launch, the LLEP has helped secure £25 million of Regional Growth Fund money.
This will go towards creating a new enterprise zone at vehicle testing specialist Mira, near Hinckley, a new metrology research and development site for GE Druck, of Groby, and a £5.6 million University of Leicester project to create a centre to test vibration in vehicles. The project combined will create up to 2,500 jobs.
Professor Burgess said: “I think it is very important to have a representative from higher education on the LLEP Board as universities contribute to the regional economy and are very important to economic development. The three local universities are major employers in the City and the County with turnovers of hundreds of millions of pounds and are centres for innovation and economic growth in the region.”
LLEP chairman Andrew Bacon said: “We welcome Professor Burgess to the Board and value the expertise, enterprise and innovation the university sector brings to the region. As one of the few counties in Britain fortunate to have three universities, we recognise the important contribution universities make to our continuing success.
“ The LLEP has hit the ground running, as a genuinely business-led partnership, identifying the challenges and the solutions to them.”
Highlights of the first six months of the LLEP include:
· Achieving significant private sector engagement and a wide range of sectors represented on the board
· Successfully bidding to create an Enterprise Zone at the MIRA Technology Park in Hinckley
· Winning £25 million for the second round Regional Growth Fund bids
· Becoming a national pilot for Better Business for All
· Signing an inward investment service level agreement with UK Trade and Investment, with 48 live enquiries so far
The Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership (LLEP) has been created to boost the economy and bring jobs to the city and county
Led by business, council, university and voluntary sector leaders, we will work to boost economic growth and attract inward investment
LLEP is spearheading a range of schemes, including an enterprise zone at Hinckley’s MIRA site, which will create 2,000 jobs.
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The board members are:
Chairman Andrew Bacon, director at British Gas
Donna William, director at MIRA
John Edmond, senior partner at Marrons
Khalid Sheik, chairman of Clifton Packaging
Richard Harvey, managing director of Myriad CEG Ltd
Phil Cox from Lafarge Aggregates
Dennis Kent, former managing director of Carlton Laser
Professor Sir Robert Burgess, vice chancellor of the University of Leicester
Bernard Greaves, chair of trustees at Voluntary Action Leicestershire
Marion Plant, principal and chief executive of North Warwickshire and Hinckley College
Sir Peter Soulsby, City Mayor
Ted Cassidy, Assistant City Mayor
David Parsons, Leader of Leicestershire County Council
Byron Rhodes, cabinet member at Leicestershire County Council
David Slater, leader of Charnwood Borough Council
Stuart Bray, leader of Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council