Businesses join forces to create a strong voice

By North Lincolnshire Council | Posted: 6 Apr 2018

The Regional Director of the CBI had a message for businesses and North Lincolnshire leaders: Keep shouting loudly about the opportunities this region offers.

Beckie Hart was speaking at the North Lincolnshire Economic Forum, organised by the Place Marketing Board as part of its ambassador programme.

She told the meeting, held at Engineering UTC Northern Lincolnshire; the Confederation of British Industry was engaged with the Government’s Industrial Strategy.

It had been taking the opportunity to help shape it and look at sector deals, such as offshore energy, where this region was strong.

“We take a pragmatic view across the Yorkshire and Humber region – we roll our sleeves up and get on with it,” she said.

“My call to action here is to please shout about what you are doing. You will be heard.”

Improved productivity was key to growth and the CBI had been helping Local Enterprise Partnerships to look at the four drivers of productivity: infrastructure, educational attainment from 16-years –of-age, management practices and propensity to export.

The panel also included the Leader of North Lincolnshire Council Cllr Rob Waltham, its Executive Director (Commercial) Simon Green and the Principal and Chief Executive of the UTC Marc Doyle. It was chaired by Adam Lovell, development director of Pepperells Solicitors.

Cllr Waltham said it was important for the council to connect with businesses at every opportunity.

“We need to listen to your issues and also look at how we make the most of opportunities,” he said.

“Your success is our success. We are about getting more people into work. Our residents are your employees and potential employees going forward. We need to work with you to ensure you benefit by having people with the right skills.”

Mr Green said part of the council’s role was to enable companies to help themselves.

“We need to ensure you have access to business support and access to skills,” he said. “It is very much about how we work together.”

While it was important to promote North Lincolnshire, it was also key to “behave like a bigger region” and work in partnership with others.

To that end, the council was actively engaged in the Humber and Greater Lincolnshire LEPs and was lobbying hard for improvements through Transport for the North.

Mr Doyle said all the ingredients were here to turn the area into somewhere that was “incredibly special”.

He felt there was a gap between “what pays at the end – jobs and opportunities – and students seeing it.”
“Here, at the UTC, we are developing employability skills and confidence in our students,” he said.
For more information about the Ambassador programme, email, call (01724) 297330 or go to its Twitter feed @northlincsplace.

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