The joint partnership work of Enterprise M3 and a neighbouring LEP to resolve a “split district issue” is proof of its “business-led nature” and sound “business sense”, according to its chair, Dave Axam.
Both Enterprise M3 and Solent LEPs decided to look at their boundaries following the publication of the Government’s “Strengthened Local Enterprise Partnerships” paper in the summer. The LEPs wanted to ensure they reflected the “real functional economies” of the area, as four lower tier authorities were split across both LEPs.
They have now jointly proposed to the Government that the Enterprise M3 LEP boundary should be extended to incorporate East Hampshire, Test Valley and Winchester and the Solent LEP boundary extended to incorporate the New Forest.
Enterprise M3 LEP chairman, Dave Axam, said: “I am pleased, as chair of the Enterprise M3 board, to have submitted a proposal, along with Solent LEP, to the LEP Geography review which resolved the split districts issues the government had asked us to look at over the summer.
“I believe the fact that we resolved this difficult issue in partnership with Solent LEP speak volumes to the business led nature of both boards and our approach to make decisions that make business sense. We now wish to build on this approach to present a delivery plan for 2019/20 which sets out our key deliverables for the following year and which demonstrates how we are taking action to take forward our revised Strategic Economic Plan (SEP) and developing our Local Industrial Strategy.
“In producing this submission we have reviewed our performance against the criteria outlined and questioned how we can improve even in those areas where we are already compliant. This constant striving for improvement is what marks out successful businesses and we believe therefore is the way that we seek to operate as a LEP.
“Finally a note to diversity. We have indicated in our response how we are taking a positive and planned approach to increase the diversity of the board. I am proud to chair a board who embrace this approach and who collectively agree that increasing performance and diversity are in fact the same objective. We know we will make better decisions if we are more diverse in nature.”