Economic Growth Support Hub

The LGA is committed to supporting councils on all aspects of their economic development plans, including employment, re-skilling, high streets, SME support, procurement and business retention.

Re-thinking local: economic recovery

COVID-19 has had an unprecedented impact on the country’s economy and as part of our sector-led improvement work, the LGA offers a wide range of support to help councils address the issues of economic recovery.

Councils stand ready to deliver an ambitious programme of financial stimulus and have the knowledge and expertise to direct funds where they will be able to deliver immediate impact to protect jobs and livelihoods and support long-term transformation of the economy, infrastructure and services in every locality.

    "Locally-led action will be key to ensuring that the economy recovers in a way that addresses the long-term inequalities we have seen across the country."

    Local economies are different and will need different things to stimulate them. Some require greater connectivity, some need to transition to new industries and others are short of affordable housing.

    Understanding the exact nature of an effective and sustainable stimulus can only be carried out locally. In turn these decisions can only be taken by empowered local decision makers who know what resources they can expect for the long term, including from the UK Shared Prosperity Fund, and the flexibility to use them in a way that makes sense locally.


    Key information

    • We are constantly looking to showcase good practice in council’s economic development, please email productivity@local.gov.uk if you would like to share any work that your council is undertaking
    • Our policy team is always updating information coming from central government on support and resources that can help your council. More information can be found under our topic page. 
    • Contact us:

    E: productivity@local.gov.uk

    T: @LGAcomms


    Upcoming events

    Remote Working: A Path to an Adaptable Economy.

    The meeting will be hosted virtually on 17 February 2021, 10am-12pm and will be facilitated by David Fletcher, Director of City Development and Growth, Derby City Council.

    This meeting is aimed at officers working on economic growth and development and spaces are limited, so please email productivity@local.gov.uk if you are interested in attending by COP 5 February 2021. The meeting will be an inclusive discussion and we will be circulating the agenda beforehand to allow participants to prepare. Once all places have been filled, we will be holding a waiting list.

    Please do pass this invitation on to colleagues who may be interested. Due to limited spaces, we ask that one officer per council attend.  

    This roundtable will form part of our economic growth improvement offer so feedback is greatly appreciated, please email productivity@local.gov.uk or visit our webpage for more information.

    Green economic recovery webinar

    The LGA are organising a webinar on the Green Economic Recovery as part of their Economic Growth sector led improvement offer. The webinar will feature a panel of guest speakers from councils and external organisations with a background in economic growth. The topics covered will include, doughnut economies, inclusive economic growth, and the opportunities presented by green and sustainable initiatives.

    Case studies

    See below a list of case studies which highlight how councils have been innovative in helping their local economies grow. If you are doing something innovative that you'd like to share, or your work has had a particular impact locally please submit a case study via our case studies portal or via productivity@local.gov.uk.

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