This is a CLA response to the Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Green Paper on an Industrial Strategy.
As background the Industrial Strategy represents the governments flagship policy for increasing growth and productivity. The green paper available here sets out 10 pillars which government have identified as key to delivering future growth. Government seem to be placing significant importance on the strategy and BEIS for growing the economy.
The consultation covers several key areas at a high level and the CLA has responded to highlight the importance of the rural economy and how the strategy might deliver increased productivity from the rural business through the ten pillars. It is important that CLA engage with BEIS to ensure future improvements in rural productivity and growth are supported through the strategy especially given that delivery of an industrial strategy will be an ongoing process with potential for sector stakeholders to collaborate with government to create sector deal with tourism being one example.
The key messages CLA are highlighting in our response are outlined below although a number of issues are raised in response to specific questions set out in the consultation
- The importance of the rural economy and the need for the strategy to deliver growth and increased productivity for rural areas and businesses
- The importance of planning in delivering economic activity particularly highlighting how planning restricts rural growth and economic development
- The need for more collaboration between government departments and rural proofing of policy
- The need for local institutions to have proper regard and representation of the rural economy if they are going to have increasing importance in setting the growth agenda