Enable’s CEO, Denys Shortt is Chair of the Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership. He was interviewed this week on ITV News following the National Local Enterprise Summit in Coventry & Warwickshire which was attended by David Cameron.
“There is a good buzz around our new Coventry & Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership,” explains Denys. “We have just held the first National Local Enterprise Summit where Prime Minister David Cameron and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg gave forceful backing to the new Local Enterprise Partnerships.”
The Prime Minister said “the LEPs are a major tool in re-balancing the economy” and went on to say that the coalition would remain pro-business.
The duo—along with Coventry and Warwickshire LEP chair Denys Shortt—answered questions on the assets of Regional Development Agencies in manufacturing and planning.
Denys goes on to say, “We were delighted to welcome the Prime Minister, Deputy Prime Minister and four other ministers to the Ricoh Arena and it underlines the great importance and significance they are placing on LEPs. It is rare to have such a high profile ministerial presence in a public session.”
“We have got off to a flying start here in Coventry and Warwickshire on the LEP front and we are determined to continue the work we have started here and help to break down the barriers of growth with our local authorities and local business community through the Chamber and FSB.”
The Prime Minister brought his Cabinet to the Midlands. Ministers began their day with a tour of the Rolls Royce factory. They then visited projects throughout the Midlands linked with their ministerial responsibilities.
Denys has been ranked in Britain’s Top 10 entrepreneurs (Management Today) and is winner of Entrepreneur of the Year, Exporter of the Year, Fasttrack 100, Techtrack 100, Growing Business Awards and Young Director of the Year.