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CHAMBER NEWS


economy is driven by an understanding of the long-term business needs and opportunities for the region.” David Williams, Chairman at


Geldards LLP, said: “HS2 is set to be one of the most influential changes the region has seen for a very long time, and one that will affect both Geldards as a business and our clients. We are looking forward to working with East Midlands Chamber and the other businesses on the board to ensure HS2 has a positive impact on the East Midlands as a whole and every business that acts within it.”


Plans revealed to create strategic alliance for the East Midlands


The leaders of Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Lincolnshire County Councils have agreed to explore a strategic alliance to create a unified voice for the region, the first step in an ambitious journey towards a devolution deal that would help boost the East Midlands’ economy. In a joint statement, the County Council Leaders of


Derbyshire (Councillor Barry Lewis), Leicestershire (Councillor Nick Rushton), Lincolnshire (Councillor Martin Hill) and Nottinghamshire (Councillor Kay Cutts) said: “We believe we can achieve much more if we work together, particularly in areas of connectivity, trade, investment and growth. “We want to work together to grow our economy so


that we build on our strengths and tackle our challenges. We would work with our LEPs and Chambers, and would be complementary to the Midlands Engine. “The next stage will be to have further detailed talks


to see how we can take the strategic alliance forward with a view to eventually being able to draw down powers and funding from Government.” The strategic alliance, which would include the four


counties and the cities of Derby, Leicester and Nottingham, the Local Enterprise Partnerships and Chambers of Commerce, would focus on transport, infrastructure, jobs and strategic planning. This would ensure the East Midlands comes together to support the wider aims of the Midlands Engine and Industrial Strategy. Chamber Chief Executive Scott Knowles said: “The Chamber gives its backing to all efforts to give the East Midlands a louder, more unified voice when it comes to


‘A strategic alliance would be an important step towards giving the region the critical mass needed to attract Government’s attention’


attracting Government investment into the region at the levels that our growth demands. A strategic alliance would be an important step towards giving the region the critical mass needed to attract Government’s attention. An alliance must serve the whole of the East Midlands, be inclusive of all regional voices and offer leadership on transformational issues at a time of great social and economic change. “We look forward to continuing our work with all


partners as we strive to make sure those businesses get the backing from Government they deserve.”


Scott Knowles


business network June 2018


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