Elections took place today for new Mayoral Combined Authorities in six areas across England, these Mayors will have powers over economic development, strategic planning and transport and infrastructure investment.
Commenting on the election of Andy Burnham as the new Mayor for Greater Manchester, Richard Halstead, Interim Region Director for the North West at EEF, said: “Congratulations are in order for Mayor Andy Burnham who will have an important role in driving the economy of Greater Manchester in the months and years ahead. Manufacturing is a vital part of the local industrial footprint, employing nearly 120,000 people and contributing just under £7 billion in Gross Value Added across the 10 Metropolitan Boroughs. Industry will be looking to the new Mayor to address challenges including transport infrastructure and skills gaps in order to ensure that the region is at the forefront of the 4th Industrial Revolution.”
Commenting on the new Mayors, Chris Richards, Head of Business Environment policy at EEF, said: "The election of new mayors to match the real economic geographies in England is historic and will provide a significant boost in the mission to make sure all parts of England are geared up for growth. The General election purdah period will see these new Mayors getting off to a quiet start, but this shouldn't dampen the ambition and opportunity to begin immediate engagement with businesses on how to strengthen growth in their areas. Local businesses will be the ones who will pay the taxes, create the jobs and provide the economic growth that will deliver the ultimate outcomes of each Mayor's ambition – higher living standards and productivity.”
For more on EEF’s work on devolution and local government in England visit www.eef.org.uk/devolution.