A plan to reshape our economy for a greener, fairer, stronger future

Make It York has been working in collaboration with the York and North Yorkshire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), all of our region’s local authorities and partner organisations region-wide to develop a plan to reshape the region’s economy in order to address the challenges and opportunities arising from the pandemic. Our shared vision is that the region will emerge greener, fairer and stronger as a direct result of the economic reshaping plan.

The plan for reshaping the economy lines up with the current government agenda, to protect jobs and develop opportunity for higher skills, yet will tailor this agenda to the local needs of York, whilst strengthening our collective ambition for York and North Yorkshire to become a carbon negative economy. The plan follows on from the immediate COVID response and aims to address the economic challenges businesses are continuing to face as well as focusing on stimulating growth over the next 18 to 24 months, accelerating a transition towards a carbon negative economy.

David Kerfoot MBE DL, the LEP’s Chair said; “This plan, brought together through meaningful and effective collaboration, will focus on stimulating growth over the next 18 to 24 months and lay the ground to make the most of whatever comes next. Our partners and all local authorities across the region have worked incredibly hard to shore up our economy through the crisis of the pandemic. Working together, we can reshape the economy, come through the crisis together and drive growth that will make York and North Yorkshire a greener, fairer and stronger place.”

Sean Bullick, Managing Director of Make It York, said ‘Our top priorities are promoting York, improving economic prosperity within the city, and increasing the wider wellbeing of our population.  We are fully supportive of York & North Yorkshire LEP’s Ten Pledges which will together reshape our economy, in both the short and the longer-terms, focussing as they do on supporting local businesses, rebuilding tourism, and continuing to attract investment to the region.’

The LEP is hosting a ten day collaborative campaign that will highlight the 10 pledges of the plan to reshape our economy. The campaign will highlight regional voices of leadership and give local examples of work already in action to reshape our economy to be greener, fairer and stronger.

Read about the pledge stories on the LEP’s news page here.

Read the full Plan to Reshape our Economy here.