Business leaders to meet with LEP on economic growth plans

26th March 2012

Business leaders from key sectors are being offered one of the first opportunities to open dialogue with the Sheffield City Region Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP).

A series of executive dinners is being arranged by networking group Matrix Sheffield City Region (SCR), where invited members and business owners will meet with representatives from the LEP on key sectors which drive economic growth. The first dinner will take place in April where discussions will look at the creative and digital industry (CDI). Professor Mike Holcombe, head of the LEP's CDI sector group and Lee Strafford LEP board member will be attending. Events on manufacturing, property and construction, retail, sport leisure and tourism will also take place throughout the year, before bringing together all the sectors and actions raised in a report by the Matrix which will be published in the autumn. James Newman, chair of the Sheffield City Region LEP, said, We are looking forward to meeting with leaders from key business sectors and these events will help us to work more closely together to achieve greater economic growth in the City Region. Matrix SCR is a platform for the business community to promote discussion and thought leadership, and to raise awareness of the key issues which influence the economic growth and success of the city region. Originally a LinkedIn group, Matrix SCR is made up of almost 200 business leaders, owners and directors. It was formed by six leading organisations Elevation Recruitment, HR Media, Lloyds Banking Group, Nabarro LLP, PwC and Sheffield Chamber of Commerce. Ben Hendry, partner at Nabarro LLP, who will be hosting the events, said: The dinners will be an interactive and collaborative dialogue between the LEP and business leaders. It will be one of the first opportunities where people can discuss how we can attract investment and build job growth in the Sheffield City Region. We want to encourage meaningful discussions and allow delegates time to form business relationships with other leaders from the same sector. The LEP's aim is to help build a business environment in which local businesses can grow and fully realise their potential on a global scale. This dinner is an opportunity for business leaders to voice their opinions on how future developments should be shaped and perhaps influence policy. Matrix Sheffield City Region is not connected, or in any way affiliated, with the LEP. The aim of the dinners is to provide a platform for dialogue between business leaders and the LEP. Matrix Sheffield City Region is an invitation only group and members are key decision makers and influencers who have a presence in the city region. For more information visit www.linkedin.com and search for Matrix Sheffield City Region.

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