Local Industrial Strategies


Developing ambitious Local Industrial Strategies is central to delivering the National Industrial Strategy’s vision to build an economy fit for the future, with prosperous communities across the United Kingdom, and to drive up productivity.

Cheshire and Warrington LEP is one of the early leaders in developing a Local Industrial Strategy and has been working to build up a robust evidence base which demonstrates the distinctive strengths of our area, and which highlights potential issues that may hinder our growth aspirations.

You can get some background information on Local Industrial Strategies here.

The LEP is keen to engage with businesses and other key stakeholders to test that evidence and the initial insights and conclusions that it is drawing from it. The latest version of that evidence can be found here. It brings together data from a range of sources including the evidence base underpinning our Strategic Economic Plan (SEP), and looks in particular at: –

• Our economy and productivity
• Our key sectors, and
• Key information related to the Industrial Strategy’s Five Foundations of Productivity: Ideas, People, Infrastructure, Business Environment and Place.

Turning Evidence into Impact – Tell us what you think

In reviewing its evidence base the LEP is looking to gain a clearer picture of which areas of policy and decision making it should focus on, in partnership with local and national government, to achieve maximum impact in three areas: –

• Improving our productivity performance
• Improving the earning power of our residents, and
• Improving the resilience of our economy.

We have drawn an initial set of conclusions from the data which you can access in our summary document here.  You can also access the full evidence pack with appendices.

We’re keen to get people’s views on our thinking so far. In particular, we’re asking three specific questions:-

  1. Does the evidence and our interpretation of it resonate with you?
  2. If not, why do you think we’ve got it wrong?
  3. Are there any other relevant sources of local evidence that you think we should consider?

You can contact us with your thoughts and views using our dedicated e-mail address consultation@871candwep.co.uk  using the subject ‘LIS Evidence’.

Getting Involved

There are a number of ways that you can get involved to help shape the Local Industrial Strategy for Cheshire and Warrington, including: –

Sign up for one of our engagement sessions…

We will be holding a number of LIS workshops and engagement sessions across Cheshire East, Cheshire West and Chester and Warrington, detailed below:

Please note that numbers for each event are limited, so do book early. Attendance is FREE. If for some reason you book but can no longer attend a session, please do let us know so that we can offer your place to someone else.

Sessions will follow a similar format at each venue, and will include an in depth presentation on the evidence and insights work by our consultants Metro Dynamics, and an interactive session where attendees can discuss what they’ve heard, tell us if we’ve missed anything important and give their views on what it might mean for the Cheshire and Warrington economy.

View the Stakeholder presentation from the Stakeholder Engagement sessions.

The Grand Challenges

As well as setting out clearly defined priorities for intervention, the LIS is also an opportunity to look at how Cheshire and Warrington might be impacted by or lead the way in responding to the four Grand Challenges set out in the National Industrial Strategy.

The LEP is engaging initially with a number of academics and business groups to understand more about the potential impacts and opportunities presented by the Grand Challenges as they relate to our area.

Contact us with your thoughts and views using our dedicated e-mail address consultation@871candwep.co.uk using the subject ‘Grand Challenges’.