BUSINESSES across Craven are being urged to have their say on ambitious plans for the future of the region’s economy.

Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership is seeking the views of companies and other organisations to help shape the so-called Local Industrial Strategy.

Several key priorities have been identified following extensive consultation throughout the summer, involving hundreds of people across the region – which includes Craven – as well as national and international experts.

Roger Marsh, partnership chairman, said: “The Local Industrial Strategy is an ambitious plan to improve productivity and support businesses and skills across the City Region.

“Working in partnership, we have identified the top priorities the Local Industrial Strategy will address – with a focus on healthy lives for all. Good health will be a key driver in promoting productivity, wellbeing and growth.

“We are in the process of developing the draft priorities into the final strategy and are very keen to hear from individuals, businesses and other parties. I would urge everyone with a view to provide feedback.”

People can comment online at

The deadline for submissions is November 18.

Every enterprise partnership in England has been asked to produce a Local Industrial Strategy for their area, setting out how they will boost productivity and respond to challenges identified in the Government’s national Industrial Strategy White Paper.

The results of the survey will be used to help produce the final strategy, which is expected to be presented to Government by the end of this year.

Leeds City Region priorities include:

* Supporting businesses to meet the challenges of the future economy and create good-quality jobs, to support progression and promote inclusivity

* Accelerating economic growth through technology and innovation

* Building on the successes of the healthcare sector as a source of good jobs and growth

* Making sure the environment promotes healthy, active lifestyles and is fit for future generations to enjoy

* Skilled people, in good jobs, with access to training to help build and sustain their careers