Solihull Council has chosen to join the Birmingham bid to form a Local Enterprise Partnership.

Councillors discussed the options of joining a partnership with Birmingham or with Coventry and Warwickshire.

Now Solihull Council has agreed to submit a proposal with Birmingham City Council and the businesses in both areas to form a Local Enterprise Partnership.

The Government announced plans for LEPs to replace regional development agencies, such as Advantage West Midlands, in June, and invited councils to submit their proposals.

LEPs will be partnerships between businesses and local authorities who will aim to create business and economic growth.

It was decided that a joint proposal for a Birmingham and Solihull LEP, would be submitted to Government before 6 September.

The business community in Solihull signalled its support for a Birmingham and Solihull LEP at a recent meeting held with Solihull Council.
 
Leader of Solihull Council, Councillor Ian Hedley, said: “We made the decision to form a partnership with Birmingham as Solihull’s main economic assets – the airport, NEC, business parks and in the future, the high speed rail link, are already linked to Birmingham. We also share strong transport and housing links.

“This infrastructure will be vital to the future development of our economy, so it makes sense to form a LEP with Birmingham that will allow us to capitalize on the strengths of Business and the two Councils to help put Birmingham and Solihull at the top, as a place to invest, innovate and do business.

“We are also committed to working closely with our neighbours and other LEPs in our region to improve the whole enterprise environment.”