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

    The LGA will be hosting a roundtable discussion on the opportunities and challenges of Town and City Centre Regeneration as part of our Economic Growth improvement offer.

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

    This meeting is aimed at council officers working on economic growth and development.  The meeting will be an inclusive discussion and we will be circulating the agenda beforehand to allow participants to prepare. There are up to 30 spaces available for this roundtable and due to the limited spaces, we ask that one officer per council attend.

    For further information and to express your interest in attending please email productivity@local.gov.uk by COP 30 April 2021.

    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.

    Notable practice

    Plymouth City Council | South West

    Project:

    Skills Launchpad Plymouth was launched in the summer of 2020. The initiative supported local people by providing a virtual one-stop-shop for skills, training, education, careers, and jobs to help them get the right advice and information. The team are now launching a face to face one stop skills shop in the heart of the city centre to provide local people with access to independent information, advice, and guidance to help them take their next steps.

    Further information is available below:

    One-stop skills shop launch event – article
    One-stop skills shop launch event – video
    Unveiling Tour of the homes of Skills Launchpad Plymouth - video
    Skills Launchpad Plymouth: case study - video

     

    Salford City Council | North West

    Project: Tackling Inequalities – The Salford Way

    The Salford Way is a range of initiatives aimed at creating a fairer, greener and healthier Salford.

    Through these initiatives, the council plan to build a more inclusive and green local economy and a fairer city where everyone can reach their full potential and live prosperous and fulfilling lives which are captured in 8 key priorities. These include: Tackling poverty and inequality, Creating an economy for all and Tackling the climate emergency and more.

    Working with the Centre for Local Economic Strategies (CLES) the council have engaged extensively with representatives from across the private, public and third sectors in Salford to identify a range of priority actions. Salford’s approach to economic development is therefore underpinned by a 5-point plan to build local community wealth, grow the social economy, accelerate the transition to a zero-carbon economy, strengthen public service and strengthen civic participation and local democracy.

    Further information on Salford's work is available on Salford Council's website.

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