£15 million Northern Cultural Regeneration Fund – Closing 30th November 2017 (11 LEP Regions of the North of England)

Towns and cities across Northern England are able to bid for a share of a new fund that aims to boost the region’s technology, creative and cultural industries.

The UK Government’s Northern Cultural Regeneration Fund aims to help build a lasting regional legacy from the Great Exhibition of the North planned for Summer 2018. Grants of up to £4 million in each of three financial years (2018-19, 2019-20 and 2020-21) will be available to eligible Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) in the 11 Northern Regions of England i.e:

  • Cheshire and Warrington
  • Cumbria
  • Greater Manchester
  • Humber
  • Lancashire
  • Leeds City Region
  • Liverpool City Region
  • North East
  • Sheffield City Region
  • Tees Valley
  • York
  • North Yorkshire
  • East Riding.

The funding will support capital expenditure on major culture and tech projects like, for example, opening a new tech start-up centre or renovating live music venues. LEPs are each invited to submit one bid for up to £4million to the Fund. Applications should be for a single capital project that fits within the overall priorities for the Fund and evidences the need for the project and the rationale for intervention in the local area. All projects supported will be expected to increase opportunities for people to experience, benefit from and contribute to culture and creativity.

The deadline for LEP bids is 30th November 2017.

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/15-million-northern-cultural-regeneration-fund-to-boost-regions-tech-creative-and-cultural-industries

New Combined Authority website packed with the latest City Region news

You can now keep up-to-date with the latest investments, news and proposals for the Liverpool City Region on a new website launched last week.

The website – www.liverpoolcityregion-ca.gov.uk – contains everything you need to know about the work the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority is doing on your behalf.

Established in April 2014, but re-constituted as a Mayoral Combined Authority in May of this year, the Combined Authority is chaired by the Liverpool City Region Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram.  It includes representatives from all six local authority areas making up the Liverpool City Region – Halton, Knowsley, Liverpool, St Helens, Sefton and Wirral – as well as the Local Enterprise Partnership, Merseytravel and the Police and Crime Commissioner.

Since coming into post on 8 May 2017, the Metro Mayor has assigned a range of portfolios that will drive forward the City Region’s Devolution Agreement (and allocate over £900m of funding over the next 30 years), accelerate economic growth and improve the local area for residents, businesses, investors and visitors alike.

At www.liverpoolcityregion-ca.gov.uk, you’ll find out who the Combined Authority is, what it does, access to all of the previous meeting papers, as well as the forthcoming meeting dates, frequently asked questions, how to contact the Combined Authority and the latest job opportunities.  Plus, you can keep up-to-date on what’s happening across the Liverpool City Region with the Metro Mayor’s blog.

Steve Rotheram, Liverpool City Region Metro Mayor, said

“It’s great to launch our new website today, which is the ‘go to’ place for information about the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority.  There is so much going on in the City Region as we progress our Devolution Agreement with Government meaning that funding and decisions are being made locally about a number of key priority issues including transport, employment and skills and economic development. It’s vitally important that we are as transparent and accessible as possible. We want to engage and include communities in every part of the City Region, so I want to encourage people to visit the site, find out what’s going on and save www.liverpoolcityregion-ca.gov.uk in your favourites!”

You can keep updated on the latest news from the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority by following @LiverpoolCRCA on Twitter.

Liverpool City Region Combined Authority encourages businesses to shape future job skills

The Liverpool City Region Combined Authority is seeking the views of businesses to drive skills improvements and accelerate business growth and success.

Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram has today reaffirmed his ambitions to create the right conditions for business growth and success across the City Region.

The first step is to seek the views of business leaders from across the City Region.  Today, Mr Rotheram has launched the Combined Authority’s first (and biggest) business survey of its kind.  He wants to hear from businesses on how they can better access and develop a skilled workforce. Recruiting, retaining and retraining high quality staff is a critical driver to securing success and growing businesses, leading to a thriving City Region economy.

Businesses need high quality staff who are committed, reliable and conscientious and who have the right skills for the job and at the right time.  With an ageing workforce across the country as a whole as well as across the City Region, together with the continual challenges brought about by advances in technology and globalisation, the ability of businesses to recruit and retain the staff they need becomes ever more challenging.

“Our future prosperity as a City Region is ultimately dependent on our ability to develop a well-qualified and highly skilled workforce.  This survey will help us to identify where our businesses need support, align investment in skills and training with skill deficits and the needs of our future economy”, commented Mr Rotheram.

Supporting this work and aligning the skills of residents with the needs of businesses is the Liverpool City Region Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP).  Asif Hamid, LEP Chair said:

“As a large and growing employer in the City Region I know firsthand some of the challenges in attracting, recruiting, developing and retaining talent. Through our partners in the Local Growth Hub we engage with thousands of local businesses to enable them to grow and skills are a key factor for them. This survey will give us a much greater understanding on precisely what skills interventions are needed by our businesses to realise their growth potential and create more jobs for local people.”

The results of the survey will be used to inform the future commissioning of skills provision.

Cllr Ian Maher, the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority Portfolio Lead for Skills and Apprenticeships, said “This is the first time we have carried out such an extensive survey, seeking the views of our business which will be used to accurately commission skills provision based on the needs of local businesses.  Funding for skills is being devolved to the Combined Authority and I would encourage all businesses to complete the survey and help us to shape our commissioning priorities.”

Businesses from across the Liverpool City Region, of all sizes and from all sectors, will be asked for their views and experiences on recruiting and retaining a skills workforce, but meet their immediate needs as well as future plans.   Businesses can complete the survey online.

Importantly, the survey results and final report will be shared across the City Region so that young people, adults seeking employment, parents, teachers and careers advisers are aware of the skills and attributes that are being sought by employers.