Economic growth case studies

Here are a selection of case studies which highlight how councils have been innovative in helping their local economies grow.

As part of our sector support offer, we work with officers across all local authorities working in economic growth and development to capture ideas and share learning across the sector. The following case studies cover a wide range of topics including regeneration, the green recovery, business support, employment and skills, the visitor economy and more. If you have any projects you are looking to launch or are currently carrying out which you would like to share, or your work has had a particular impact locally, we are keen to hear from you.

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Case studies: Economic Growth Design Skills

Building Bloqs in Meridian Water

Paul Gardner, from Enfield Council, gave a presentation about Building Bloqs in Meridian Water which is part of a larger regeneration project in the area. Bloqs is an innovative model of shared pay-as-you-go workspace provision for the creative sector, including an open-access workshop and industrial machinery. Bloqs serves a community of over 250 service users.

Coventry: High Streets Heritage Action Zones National Demonstrator Project

Carol Pyrah, from the Historic Coventry Trust (HCT), gave a presentation on a high street regeneration project in The Burges and Hales Street. Using a £2 million grant from Historic England, and existing funding from Coventry City Council, the HCT were able to transform the area.

Southend-on-Sea City Council: employment and skills support for young people

This is a presentation delivered by Emma Cooney, from Southend-on-Sea City Council, and is focused on supporting 18–25-year-olds with employment and skills. This originated from research demonstrating that this age group had been most impacted by the pandemic in regard to employment. Through support from the LGA’s Economic Growth Advisers Programme, the council conducted a research piece engaging with over 100 disadvantaged young people.

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