Our response to latest devo deals
The CBI commented on the announcement of devolution deals for the West Midlands Combined Authority and Liverpool City Region.
Matthew Fell, Interim CBI Chief Policy Director, said:
“These deals can help local authorities on the ground to make bold decisions on their future, so it is vital they work closely with the business community to make the most of them. The agreements are another milestone in the drive to boost growth and productivity across all UK regions.
“Getting local business on board at an early stage is an important stepping stone to deliver success in all of the new devolution deals.”
Mike Wright, JLR Executive Director and CBI West Midlands Chair:
“It’s encouraging to see a deal struck that could deliver for the whole of the West Midlands, stretching from Wolverhampton to Coventry.
“The agreement places a welcome emphasis on boosting skills and also the integration of major transport projects, like HS2, into the local network. The drive to bring about better training and skills through devolution is of critical importance to firms in the region, such as our advanced manufacturing businesses.”
George Beveridge, Deputy Managing Director, Sellafield Ltd and CBI North West Chair:
“This deal will help the Merseyside economy make the most of the talent and opportunities it has on its doorstep. Equipping people with the skills they need to get on is essential, so a greater say on the provision of skills in the region is a real lift.
“Liverpool has a proud history of trade and investment and these powers can help us build on that.”