LEP Board Members Visit Scilly

LEP SignBoard members of the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership, or LEP, met with Council officers and members, as well as representatives from local businesses yesterday.

Chairman Chris Pomfret, director Andrew Williams and chief executive Sandra Rothwell travelled to Scilly to discuss how the organisation can help with economic development in the islands.

They met with Council officials and also had a meeting with senior management of the Isles of Scilly Steamship Company.

At an evening reception held at the Mermaid Inn, Mr Pomfret said he was keen for the LEP to engage fully with businesses here and spoke of the need to identify priorities for using the next tranche of European regional development funding.

It was announced last week that the chair of the Policy and Resources Committee, and an officer, either the chief planner or the strategic investment manager, would represent Scilly on the LEP in the future.

They’ll replace former chief executive Philip Hygate who is taking early retirement.

It’s expected that the LEP will be expanding its role in the future, particularly in major transport schemes and the post-2013 European funding programmes.

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