Five new boards to drive economy

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Five new boards with power over strategy and spending have been created to boost the economy in Sheffield City Region and the Northern Powerhouse.

The Executive Boards cover skills, business growth, infrastructure, transport and housing and will be made up of senior figures from the public and private sectors.

They were created by the Local Enterprise Partnership and the Combined Authority, which represents the region’s nine councils.

Sir Stephen Houghton, chair of the authority and Barnsley Council said the boards were vital to “deliver our promises” on the £320m Growth Deal.

He added: “The new arrangements mean we will take collaboration between Local Authorities, and public and private sector to a higher level.”

The Growth Deal will help pay for the FARRRs link road to Doncaster Sheffield Airport, the Glass Academy, a business support service, and a ‘Skills Bank’. With oversight from the new executive boards, these programmes will deliver the growth required to boost the economy in both the City Region and the wider Northern Powerhouse.”

James Newman, Chairman of the LEP added: “Since the formation of the LEP in 2010, I have been astounded at the enthusiasm and time the private sector has given for the greater good and economic growth of SCR.

“This is a dynamic time for Sheffield City Region, we have achieved much in a short time and we should be proud of what these new arrangements will mean.”

The LEP was formed in 2010, the combined authority in 2014.