A track record of successful partnership
Although only established in April 2014, our partnership approach is built upon a decade of economic collaboration between local councils and businesses. Through local leadership and effective partnership working we are already making a difference to our region’s economy, and to local people and businesses. Our achievements so far include:
Devolution and investment
- agreed a first-stage devolution deal (March 2015) giving us greater influence over investment decisions on skills, transport, housing and support for small businesses – with negotiations on further devolution at an advanced stage.
- secured a £1billion-plus LEP Growth Deal to support growing businesses, develop a skilled and prosperous workforce, improve energy efficiency and invest in housing and transport – with delivery now underway
- through the Growth Deal, secured significant devolved government funding and “gainshare” powers to put in place a £1 bn package of local transport investment across West Yorkshire and York
- through the LEP, supported over 4,300 businesses to grow and create jobs for local people, unlocking around £491 million of private sector investment in the region
- Launched the LEP Growth Service – a one-stop-shop for business support and funding in the City Region, delivered in partnership with local councils
- Attracted 31 inward investment projects to the City Region, creating 774 new jobs and establishing the City Region as the fastest growing destination for foreign direct investment (FDI) outside London
Skilled people, better jobs
- through the LEP’s work over the past four years, delivered business support, skills and apprenticeships programmes that are expected to create an extra 3,200 jobs for local people by 2020 plus 4,300 work and apprenticeship opportunities for young people
- embarked on £80m worth of Growth Deal investment in new and improved FE college facilities across the City Region
- contributed to a faster-than-average reduction in youth unemployment through schemes to help young people not in education, employment or training (NEET) get a foot on the career ladder – outperforming equivalent national schemes by significant margins
Clean energy, environmental resilience
- embarked on the ‘Better Homes Yorkshire’ programme that has attracted £20m of investment and will ultimately deliver energy efficiency improvements to over 12,000 City Region households
- identified a series of low carbon energy schemes with the potential to provide 116,000 homes across the city region with low carbon, affordable electricity
Infrastructure for growth
- started a £1bn programme of 26 transformational transport investments that will support and maximise economic and employment growth over the next 10 years. Schemes that have benefitted already include the Wakefield Eastern Relief, which has received £29m Growth Deal to ease congestion and open up access for 2,500 new homes and thousands of new jobs
- opened three new train stations in the City Region – the Apperley Bridge station in Bradford, new Leeds Station Southern Entrance and Kirkstall Forge station in Leeds – and started work on the new £10.8m rail station at Low Moor, Bradford, to improve travel links and attract new jobs and investment.
- completed the award-winning £6m Castleford Bus Station refurbishment to provide better facilities for passengers and support the regeneration and growth of the Five Towns area.
- improved station facilities through gateway projects at Bradford Forster Square, Bradford Interchange, Castleford, Halifax, Huddersfield and Leeds rail stations and refurbishing Wakefield Kirkgate station, enhancing the environment for commuters and visitors
- agreed half-fare bus and train travel for all 16 to 18 year-olds living in West Yorkshire to increase their access to apprenticeships and training.
- agreed to extend Leeds’ popular Elland Road Park and Ride, which saw 150,000 passenger journeys made and 68,000 cars parked in its first year of operation.
Housing and digital infrastructure
- unlocked £202m of commercial investment through LEP loans
- opened up £219m worth of development in the Leeds City Region Enterprise Zone in Leeds, ultimately expected to create 7,000 jobs for local people
- secured two additional enterprise zones for the City Region in York city centre and the M62 corridor to attract significant new business investment and jobs to the region
- signed a £13m superfast fibre broadband deal that will provide more than 98 per cent of homes and businesses in West Yorkshire and York with access to fibre broadband.
- Provided 65,000 business premises and homes with high-speed broadband through an earlier “Super-fast West Yorkshire” project