An organisation which supports businesses across Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire has released a new report showcasing the contribution it has made to the local economy ‘in a year like no other.’

The Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Local Enterprise Partnership (SSLEP) has published its 2020-2021 annual review to explore the impact it has made supporting businesses and attracting new investment to the region over the last 12 months.

The report outlines that the LEP – which is marking its 10th anniversary this year – has:

  • Unlocked over £1 billion of additional investment in Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire, including more than £335 million of government investment;
  • Signposted more than 10,000 small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) to vital support streams, including 5,000 businesses which have benefitted from one-to-one support on international trading post-Brexit;
  • It is also helping to create 15,000 jobs and apprentices and more than 6,000 new homes as a result of LEP investments, such as the Centre of Health Innovation at Staffordshire University, the i54 Western Extension and the Ceramic Valley Enterprise Zone.

Alun Rogers, chairman of Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire LEP, said: “Despite the challenges of the past year, the LEP has remained at the heart of the regional business community, helping to ensure that SMEs have not just survived but thrived throughout a year like no other.

“While we must continue to weather the storm of the pandemic and recovery beyond, we are proud of the innovative approaches that many businesses have demonstrated over the past year which have helped to modernise ways of working, and enable our economy to build back better.”

He added: “It’s a huge privilege to chair the LEP, and I look forward to another year of progress across Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire as we reshape our economy for the future.”

“The LEP has gone from strength to strength in an incredibly turbulent time, offering support to a vast number of local businesses which play a vital role in our regional economy and community.

“The 2020-2021 annual review sets a precedent for the important work of the LEP, and I’m looking forward to continuing to drive this momentum.”

Anne added: “The LEP is a catalyst for economic recovery and growth and a driver of more sustainable, innovative and inclusive business practices that raise our profile in both domestic and international markets.

“Looking to the rest of 2021 and beyond, that sentiment will continue to shape everything we do.”

Read the full report

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