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EU Funding Local Implementation Plan

GBSLEP (Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership)

With over £220 of EU funds to spend in the 2014-2020 programming period GBSLEP is very busy planning how it will deploy its resources.

Kada Research was commissioned by GBSLEP to draft a £220m local implementation plan. Working closely with senior officers we helped partners identify which project calls might be commissioned in the next 3 years. We re-profiled expenditure and outputs up to 2023 thinking carefully about how the money would sensibly need to be drawn down.

This plan articulates what the LEP is doing in the early years of the programme as its starts to realise its ambitions exploiting untapped economic potential and implementing a number of ‘game–changing’ projects. This includes early preparations for High Speed 2 including the UK Central and Curzon Street nodes, connecting communities to employment opportunities across the area that supports the City’s urban economy. The programme is a comprehensive one covering skills (inclusion and skills for growth), business growth, innovation/R&D and low carbon investment.

“Untapped economic potential”

“This plan starts to articulate what we are doing in the early years of the programme as we realise our ambition to exploit untapped economic potential and implement a number of ‘game–changing’ projects.”

~ GBSLEP Local Implementation Plan, 2014