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Kick Starting Recovery?

Duration:
40 minutes
First broadcast:
Tuesday 09 August 2011

The Government's strategy to boost local enterprise in England began poorly. The Director of the CBI criticised it as 'a shambles' and Business Secretary Vince Cable admitted it was 'Maoist and chaotic'.

Now 36 Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) have been established with the aim of supporting economic growth and innovation and encouraging a network of Enterprise Zones. But some experts remain sceptical. They claim that the policy has failed to put business interests first and that in some parts of the country it has been hijacked by local politicians. Others complain that areas of deprivation have been overlooked in favour of more affluent neighbours. There is also concern that the strategy is not implementing the government's policy of localism.

Can LEPs deliver the economic fruits they promise? Or will some just fizzle out, as one insider fears? Gerry Northam reports.

Producer: Ian Muir-Cochrane
Editor: David Ross.

  • Government growth plans 'in danger of failure'

    Government growth plans 'in danger of failure'

    Local Enterprise Partnerships are at the heart of the government's plans for job creation and economic growth, but some insiders fear that without specific powers or substantial funds, they may not be up to the job.

    Read reporter Gerry Northam's report on the BBC News website
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    The government's strategy to boost local enterprise in England got off to a poor start. Vince Cable admitted it was 'Maoist and chaotic'. Can it recover to help businesses grow?

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