Ministerial Growth Champions appointed throughout UK

Ministerial Growth Champions appointed throughout UK

Business and Energy Secretary Greg Clark has underlined the vital role of local growth and the importance of ‘place’ in developing and delivering the government’s comprehensive industrial strategy.

For the first time, all ministers in the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy will act as local growth champions across the United Kingdom and will be tasked with building relationships with a number of Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs).

Ministers will also engage with businesses and local leaders in the devolved administrations in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, and will act as a first point of contact for respective LEPs in England within the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

Business and Energy Secretary Greg Clark said: “Government has helped transform the business landscape by putting power back into the hands of local communities and businesses to drive economic growth.

"To make sure every corner of the UK benefits, I am giving ministers in my team geographic areas of responsibility so they can build on existing relationships to better connect government policy with the businesses and industries we’re working with.

“This is part of our plan to build an economy that works for all. An effective industrial strategy has to recognise and take advantage of the differences and unique strengths that exist across the country, and I will be encouraging all my ministers to get out there and meet the people who know their area best.”

List of ministerial allocations:

Nick Hurd

  • Leeds City Region
  • Humber
  • York and North Yorkshire
  • Sheffield City Region
  • D2N2 (Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire)
  • Greater Lincolnshire
  • Leicester and Leicestershire
  • London
    • Baroness Neville-Rolfe

      • Cumbria
      • Lancashire
      • Swindon and Wiltshire
      • Dorset
      • Buckinghamshire Thames Valley
      • Thames Valley Berkshire
      • Northamptonshire
      • South East Midlands
      • Hertfordshire
        • Jo Johnson

          • Greater Cambridge and Greater Peterborough
          • New Anglia
          • South East
          • Coast to Capital (area from South London to the coast of Brighton)
          • Greater Manchester
          • Solent
          • Enterprise M3 (M3 Corridor)
          • Cheshire and Warrington
            • Margot James

              • Greater Birmingham and Solihull
              • Black Country
              • Coventry and Warwickshire
              • Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire
              • Worcestershire
              • Gloucestershire
              • Liverpool City Region
                • Jesse Norman

                  • Tees Valley
                  • North Eastern
                  • The Marches
                  • Oxfordshire
                  • West of England
                  • Heart of the South West
                  • Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly
                    • Devolved Nations

                      • Northern Ireland – Jesse Norman
                      • Scotland – Baroness Neville-Rolfe
                      • Wales – Nick Hurd