A call for evidence - Leeds Growth Strategy 2017-2020

The new Leeds Growth Strategy will run from 2017-2020 and will set out Leeds City Council's ambitions and framework to support economic growth. The Council requests your input.

It will identify main sectors and locations for growth, alongside regeneration, housing, skills, transport and infrastructure opportunities. Growing the economy and increasing productivity have many benefits. It will mean more prosperity for people, more money for public services, reduced unemployment and increased wages.   We are committed to building a strong economy within a compassionate city with a focus on ‘good growth’. Growth that helps all Leeds residents benefit from the effects of the city’s prosperity and addresses environmental and social impacts. Through an integrated approach to supporting growth and tackling poverty we can build a more resilient and productive economy to which everyone contributes to their full potential.   We are determined to continue building a strong economy and this new strategy is an opportunity to build on recent progress, working closely with business and partners to see what we are doing well and where we can work better. We welcome bringing together business and communities to discuss how best to grow the Leeds economy for the benefit of all the citizens of Leeds.

It is part of a wider consultation for the Growth Strategy and we are currently undertaking a “call for evidence” across the city.  We are asking for your views on the strengths and weaknesses of the Leeds economy. The call for evidence is open from 18th October until the 30th November 2016 and we are interested in hearing your views.  The following questions may help frame your response;   1. What do you think are the strengths and weaknesses of the Leeds economy? 2. What are the main opportunities / areas of potential growth and how do we capitalise on them? 3. What is holding the economy back, the main risks and what should we do about them? 4. Any other issues / evidence?

More information including an Issues Paper is available at www.leedsgrowthstrategy.com Direct responses can be made to growth.strategy@leeds.gov.uk