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4 PUBLISHER’S VIEW


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Ged Henderson, editor


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We now know the direction of travel we are moving in as we begin our cautious journey out of lockdown.


It’s going to be a long and at times bumpy road for businesses in Lancashire as the recovery gets underway.


That recovery is going to need support and now is the time for the government to turn its soundbites about levelling-up into much needed action.


Lancashire’s communities stand poised. As we report in our Hotspot feature in this issue, Blackpool is on the starting blocks, eager to get a share of the new £4bn Levelling Up Fund that has been announced, and brimming with ideas and projects.


It is also important to stress that whatever money Lancashire’s towns and cities receive from central government coffers, this is not a handout. It is a sound investment in the nation’s future.


The county and its business community have a strong track record of delivery, both when it comes to the contribution they make to the national economy and in turning regeneration visions into reality. Our enterprise and drive are there for all to see.


And it is that record of delivery that has given Blackpool its groundbreaking Town Deal. The resort is not alone in the ambition it shows to do more and go further.


The government says its aim is to address the inequality that exists between different parts of the country and ‘level up’ underperforming and left-behind parts of the UK through a programme of infrastructure 


For too long, under governments of all political persuasions, that inequality has been allowed to grow. The gap is wide and the fact that there is even a need to level up should be a matter of shame in Westminster’s corridors of power.


Lancashire’s Enterprise Zones are also poised to play their part in the post-Covid recovery and it is good to see progress being made on the ground. It has taken time to get where we are, but the £20m Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre that is under construction at Samlesbury sends a strong statement of intent.


Training will also play its part, both in the recovery from the pandemic and in levelling-up.


The Lancashire Apprenticeship Conference, held virtually in early February, highlighted the partnership approach being taken by employers and education training providers and the positive impact it is having.


The conference also examined the need to get more of the county’s SMEs involved in shaping the training landscape.


Businesses need to engage in this, not least because levelling-up isn’t just the task of central government. It also needs work closer to home.


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Editorial: Ged Henderson, Tim Aldred Principal photography: Clive Lawrence  Printed by Peter Scott Printers, Burnley


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