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Building Blocks
LAWYER NEIL MCLEAN HAS HAD TO ROLL UP HIS SLEEVES AND
GET STUCK IN SINCE LAST APRIL, WHEN THE 58-YEAR-OLD
ACCEPTED THE TASK OF LEADING THE LEEDS CITY REGION
LOCAL ENTERPRISE PARTNERSHIP (LEP) – ONE OF 38 LEPS SET
UP NATIONWIDE TO KICK-
START THE UK’S AILING
ECONOMY. REPLACING THE
AXEDREGIONALDEVELOPMENT
AGENCIES, THEIR BRIEF IS
TO CREATE JOBS AND DRIVE
GROWTH BY BRINGING
TOGETHER LOCAL FIRMS AND
LOCAL AUTHORITIES. GIVEN
THE CURRENT ECONOMIC
CLIMATE, THE CHALLENGES
ARE OBVIOUS.
Fortunately however, something else is clear: McLean not only
has the application, he’s got the experience. A Yorkshireman by
adoption, McLean has worked in Leeds for the last 32 years. It
was here that he forged a career in property development law,
rising to the position of managing partner in the ofce of DLA
Piper – one of the largest law frms in the world. Since receiving
the call from the LEP, McLean still works for DLA Piper as
a consultant as well as occupying the roles of Chair of Leeds
City College and Director of Leeds, York and North Yorkshire
Chamber of Commerce. It is these positions in the business
and skills communities, coupled with his commercial law
background, which make him well placed to steer the economic
recovery. But the job is about much more than restoring the
status quo, it’s about fulflling the region’s potential to be an
economic powerhouse.
WHY SHOULD COMPANIES INVEST IN THE LEEDS CITY
REGION?WHAT DOES IT HAVE TOOFFER BUSINESSES?
When you see that we are a £53billion economy, the largest
manufacturing region, the largest fnancial services area
outside of London and have the largest concentration of
higher education institutions in Europe, then you see we’re
economically a very powerful area and have a real ambition to
grow.We have the potential to be a world leading economy and
that must mean we’re a vibrant and dynamic place for new and
growing businesses to be.
By
Rick
Lyons
Freelance
Writer