Local Industrial Strategy

Developing the Strategy


The local industrial strategy (LIS) will be the single most significant statement that the LEP makes about its priorities for the medium term. It will give effect to the strategic economic plan but with a focus not just on growing the economy but on how that growth is achieved – through enhanced productivity and in ways that maximise the benefit for people and places across the EM3 area.


In the National Industrial Strategy, the Government indicated that all LEP and Combined Authority areas should have a local industrial strategy, agreed with Government, in place by the end of March 2020.


This page will provide access to all of the material that the LEP makes available on the LIS including commissioned research, workshops and events.


If you would like to be involved in the LIS, particularly in the open sounding board that the LEP will be setting up to test ideas and evidence, please contact LIS@enterprisem3.org.uk.



Approach to the Strategy


Given the recent work on the SEP which sets out the general ambitions for the area in the medium term, for the LIS the LEP has adopted a modular approach focused on nine long-term strategic priorities each of which will improve productivity but also support the viability and vitality of the area.


These strategic priorities provide a convenient focus for collaboration and engagement with partners and stakeholders on evidence, analysis and potential interventions:



Stimulating more innovation and greater commercialisation of knowledge in our leading sectors to increase output from the most productive businesses, to promote diversification from these strengths and to spread the opportunities arising from them to other sectors.



Transforming the workforce to respond to new business models, particularly increased digitisation, and enhancing participation and inclusive growth through a better skilled, supported and healthier workforce.



Supporting the productive capacity of the networks of relatively small but successful places which make up the EM3 area and generate much of its economic growth.



Increasing supply and securing greater diversity of housing to improve recruitment and retention of the people that business needs.



Growing our region through maximising access to global markets through our ports and airports and the potential of the sub-regional economies associated with those gateways.



Articulating the full potential for the EM3 area to make better use of energy to improve productivity and the role of the natural capital in shaping future economic growth.



A step change in digital connectivity and development of our strengths in digital enabling technologies which will open up opportunities to transform public services, develop new commercial applications and address poor mobile and broadband connectivity in parts of the area.



Better and more efficient connections between businesses and their staff, supply chains and markets to enhance productivity and new approaches to mobility that suit the needs of residents and the nature of our area.



Increasing the number of companies and the volumes of goods and services being exported to increase demand and stimulate investment.