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Council leader appointed to Local Enterprise Partnership board

Cllr Ferris Cowper, the Leader of East Hampshire District Council, has been appointed to the board of the Enterprise M3 Local Enterprise Partnership.

Cllr Cowper brings a wealth of experience to the role, not only from his current public sector perspective but also from his days in the private sector where he held various roles at Mars Incorporated.

His roles at Mars included European director for business improvement and management information services.

As Leader of East Hampshire District Council he has spearheaded various new initiatives including income-generating streams for the council and enlisting business leaders to advise the council.

His skills will be instrumental in helping the Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) deliver its strategic objective to drive economic success across the area – which stretches from the hinterland of London to the New Forest covering mid to north Hampshire and South West Surrey.

Cllr Cowper’s appointment to the board follows the stepping down of Cllr Crookes of Hart District Council in January 2015.

The Enterprise M3 Board, led by Geoff French, is responsible for the overall strategic direction of the LEPwhich is working to secure economic growth at sub-national level. The Enterprise M3 LEP brings together leaders from the business, public and not-for-profit sectors and provide the vision, knowledge and strategic leadership needed to drive sustainable private sector growth.

Cllr Cowper has been Leader of East Hampshire District Council for a total of five and a half years and he is also a district councillor for Grayshott and county councillor for Grayshott, Headley and Bramshott and Liphook.

Cllr Ferris Cowper said: “I am really honoured to be given this opportunity to be part of something so worthwhile and beneficial to East Hampshire and the wider area.

“I look forward to making a really positive contribution to the board and helping to ensure the area is as economically buoyant as possible.”

Geoff French, Chair of the Enterprise M3 Local Enterprise Partnership, said: “We are delighted to announce the appointment of Cllr Cowper to the Enterprise M3 Board. Cllr Cowper will play an integral role in ensuring that the projects funded by the Enterprise M3 Growth Deal, representing £148million of Government investment into the area, will deliver real and positive economic change across our area and lead to the ongoing growth and success of both the local and national economy.”

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For media enquiries please contact Alex Williams, Enterprise M3 Communications Manager: alex.williams@enterprisem3.org.uk / 07976 703768

Enterprise M3 Local Enterprise Partnership

Enterprise M3 is a business-led Local Enterprise Partnership that is working to secure economic growth at sub-national level.

We bring together leaders from the business, public and not-for-profit sectors and provide the vision, knowledge and strategic leadership needed to drive sustainable private sector growth.

Our aim is to create the foundations on which our businesses can flourish. We strive to improve business productivity, increase jobs and maximise the number of businesses operating across Enterprise M3.

The Enterprise M3 area stretches from the hinterland of London to the New Forest. It covers four Growth Towns – Woking, Guildford, Farnborough and Basingstoke, the city of Winchester, and five Step-up Towns: Camberley, Staines-upon-Thames, Whitehill & Bordon, Andover and Aldershot.

Enterprise M3 has been awarded an £148m Growth Deal from the Government’s Local Growth Fund. This funding will support economic growth in the Enterprise M3 area and see investment in key infrastructure projects across Surrey and Hampshire, capitalising on the skills and innovation in the Sci:Tech corridor.