A PLAN to create up to 20,000 jobs and double house building across North Yorkshire has been submitted to ministers. 

Creating jobs through the growth of small businesses is at the heart of a blueprint for growth within the York, North Yorkshire and East Riding’s growth bid, which is supported by Council leaders and every MP in the LEP area

The Strategic Economic Plan and the Local Growth Deal Implementation plan that the LEP submitted to the Government, have laid out its ambitions and investment priorities for the next five years. 

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It aims to: create 20,000 jobs; generate growth of £3bn, link every student in the region to business, and the doubling of house building. 

At the forefront of a five year campaign of targeted investment designed to grow the region’s existing businesses is a growth hub model that will bring together partners from across the region to deliver bespoke support solutions. Supporting over 13,000 businesses, it builds upon existing relationships with local delivery partners that the LEP has already forged.

Barry Dodd, the chairman of the LEP said, “Jobs are created by growing businesses. We will deliver growth by supporting our many small and micro businesses to realise their potential. We shall also invest in our leading-edge assets in the food manufacturing, agritech and biorenewables sectors.”

David Kerfoot, vice chairman of the Enterprise Partnership added “We have a rich diversity of small and micro businesses but few medium and large ones so we must focus on growing our existing businesses if we want to grow our economy.”