Leicester and Leicestershire Local Enterprise Partnership
With 20% of the next round of EU funds to be spent on low carbon LEPs are showing growing interest in the make-up, performance and prospects of their local ‘low carbon’ business base and assets.
Leicester and Leicestershire LEP (LLEPs) commissioned CRESR at Sheffield Hallam University to review its low carbon economy. Kada Research was a sub-contractor to the study which had two components: estimating the size, structure and potential growth of the low carbon economy in Leicester and Leicestershire; and research into SME attitudes and action with regard to resource efficiency. The project involved a mix of primary and secondary quantitative data collection and analysis, including a survey of local businesses, combined with qualitative work with local SMEs, key ‘low carbon’ firms; and policy makers.
The research concluded with recommendations for the development of LLEP’s low carbon programme.
“There is a vibrant, growing LCEGS sector in Leicester and Leicestershire, with firms engaged in a wide range of activities and at different points within the supply chain. There are an estimated 780 companies active in the sector, employing 14,400 people and accounting for nearly £2 billion in sales.”
~ Leicester and Leicestershire Low Carbon Research Study, CRESR, 2014