Steve Fogg, the new Chair of the Lancashire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) recently spent an afternoon in West Lancashire with representatives from the Council, key business leaders and leading academics. The Lancashire LEP is a strategic collaboration between businesses, universities and local councils which directs economic growth and drives job creation.
At a lunch hosted by West Lancashire College, Steve Fogg, Managing Director of Corporate Shared Services at BAE Systems, was welcomed to the Borough by West Lancashire Borough Council Leader Cllr Ian Moran. He received a presentation on the exciting developments taking place and the prospects for further investment.
Mark Whitworth, Chair of Skelmersdale Ambassadors, emphasised the close the working relationship between the private and public sectors and the common agenda to secure funding for key projects including the proposed railway station in Skelmersdale.
Mr Fogg visited Skelmersdale town centre where construction of the new retail scheme will start in January 2020 before a tour of Edge Hill University with John Cater, Vice Chancellor, and Steve Igoe, Deputy Vice Chancellor.
Steve Fogg said: "This was a really rewarding visit. Lancashire has a wealth of great businesses and academic centres of excellence and West Lancashire is a shining example of this. We need to showcase the amazing things that are going on here and make sure that we secure our fair share of investment.
"I was extremely impressed by the range of economic regeneration work being undertaken by the local Council and by the potential for growth in Skelmersdale. The range of courses and superb working environment of Edge Hill are incredible and Lancashire as a whole should be proud to have such an outstanding institution located within it."
Councillor Ian Moran stated: "I was extremely pleased to be able to welcome Steve to West Lancashire. It is a great time for Steve to visit Skelmersdale, given we have so many successful businesses, exciting new housing developments underway and the town centre scheme finally due to start early in the New Year. The Council and local businesses will be campaigning hard in the New Year for the new rail link and station that will ultimately transform the town even further."