Inclusive and Sustainable Growth
Our LEPs rightly recognise the North’s truly unique and internationally significant shared environment, culture and heritage, from World Heritage Sites, National Parks and world-leading festivals and events, to the textile mills which drove the Industrial Revolution – the original ‘Northern Powerhouse’. These sectors are a vital and growing part of our region’s economy.
We are successfully collaborating through joint working on the assessment of place-based programmes such as Cultural Development Fund, Northern Cultural Regeneration Fund and Heritage Action Zones, and the high demand for these funds shows there is appetite for growth.
Our aim is for a holistic approach to place that enables inclusive and sustainable growth; a better understanding of the relationship between investment in place and economic performance; mapping of our prime cultural, heritage and environmental assets; tackling population decline; attracting inward investment; improving place competitiveness; and coordinating activity and strategic funding.