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.

3 Responses to LEP Board Members Visit Scilly

  1. Judge Judy March 18, 2013 at 8:23 am

    Sound like snake oil salesmen to me.

  2. Jonny Exile March 16, 2013 at 9:08 am

    To quote from an article I recently read –

    ‘Maybe the [LEP] money is all going to projects that will be incredibly economically valuable but, for some reason, can’t generate a return for private investors and therefore need support at taxpayers’ expense. Or maybe this is just ugly corporatism.’

  3. Nobby Nobbs March 15, 2013 at 12:56 pm

    So a government quango is giving out public money to private enterprise, or in other words, state subsidy for the private sector.
    Or top put in more bluntly Socialism bailing out Capitalism……again!.

    While HMG is cutting jobs in the public sector eg:Health education, the armed forces etc, they (HMG) respond by saying that the private sector will take up the slack by providing new job opportunity’s. What they fail to mention is most of these new jobs (if they are any) are part time, poorly paid, with minimal conditions and now it would seem these jobs are also funded at source by the state.

    Forgive me for being cynical but……..
    This is nothing more than manipulation of workers rights, conditions and wages by a government that has over the past 30yrs constructed a revolving door with business.

    While I don’t mind people starting their own businesses why do they always want to do it with other peoples money. If the idea and business plan is that good then they should be prepared to put their own money on the line instead of mine.

    Perhaps the £60m of public money this quango has to spend would be better spent employing mores nurses, teachers, policeman, firemen, solders and, care assistants, etcetera etcetera, instead of giving the business community the opportunity to swan around feeling important while spending public money on themselves.