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needs to be spent. Strong lobbying of government
has resulted in the approval of a number of
important investments in the City Region.
WILL THE PROPOSED HIGH SPEED RAIL LINK TO
LONDONHELP?
Current projections are that the link won’t be
running until about 2030. It’s a long way of, but it
will be sorely needed to cope with growing demand
for long distance rail travel. One of the key issues
here is that if people know transport infrastructure
improvements are coming, then that starts creating
the environment where people will invest.
THE GOVERNMENT IS COMMITTED TO
ENSURING THE UK HAS THE BEST SUPER-FAST
BROADBAND NETWORK IN EUROPE BY 2015. IS
THE LEEDS CITY REGIONON TRACK?
Te city region has received £6.2million of additional
funding from Broadband Delivery UK and there’s
ongoing work to fnd further investment to support
the roll-out of super-fast broadband throughout the
whole City Region.Te intention is that this region
is fully super-fast enabled at the earliest possible date
because it’s a huge issue for not only big businesses,
but also for the SME and rural communities.
THECITYREGIONHASONEOFTHEGOVERNMENT’S
NEWENTERPRISEZONES. HOW ISTHEAIREVALLEY
ENTERPRISE ZONEGOOD FOR BUSINESS?
Business rates generated within the zone do not
go back to government, they go to the LEP to use
as it sees ft. Tey’re also much simpler to operate
in planning terms. Tey have a diferent planning
regime so it should be easier for businesses to go
into those zones. Plus, they get guaranteed super-
fast broadband. Enterprise Zones are not the cure-
all, but I am excited at the prospect of bringing new
and growing businesses into that zone. It’s all part of
the economic growth that we need.
LEEDS CITY REGION HAS MADE A BID TO BE THE
SITE OF THE GOVERNMENT’S GREEN INVESTMENT
BANK.WHENWILLWE FINDOUTANDWHATWILL IT
MEAN FOR THE AREA?
Te decision should be made in February or
March, but we believe that our case is very, very
strong. We’re at the centre of the country and we
have a huge number of green and environmental
businesses.We’ve also got the business and fnancial
services support that will be needed and we don’t
honestly believe there’s any other area that can bring
together all those areas of expertise in one place. For
the local green industry, for the success of the bank
and for the success of what the government is trying
to do, this is absolutely the right place for it to be.
For further information on the LEP and the work
of the Partnership visit
www.leedscityregion.gov.uk
or follow the LEP on twitter
@leedscityregion
MANY OF THE UNIVERSITIES IN THE
CITY REGION ARE PROVIDING WORLD
LEADING RESEARCHANDWE PRODUCE
OVER30,000GRADUATESAYEAR.
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