How are rural interests being recognised within Local Enterprise Partnerships?
The Commission for Rural Communities has published a report on how rural interests are being recognised within Local Enterprise Partnerships. This brings together views and information received from a range of LEPs, businesses, local authorities, and rural groups and stakeholders, obtained via a call for evidence and stakeholder workshop.
The report is structured according to three main themes:
Rural voice – How rural interests are represented on LEPs’ organisational and governance structures, and how rural stakeholders are able to input a ‘rural perspective’ into the work of LEPs.
Policies and evidence – How the policies, programmes and activities of LEPs address rural interests, including through an informed evidence base.
Funding and business support – How LEPs are using Government (and other) funding streams to target rural areas, including by supporting small and micro-businesses.
The report includes a range of case studies, demonstrating the approaches different LEPs are taking to including a rural perspective in their work. It also raises a number of issues for consideration and priorities for action for LEPs and Government, as well as some specific actions that LEPs could take to stimulate economic growth in rural areas.
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The full report can be found below: