EEF has responded to the Business Innovation and Skills Select Committee inquiry on Powerhouses and Engines.
- Local authorities need to take ownership from central government of the devolution agenda and help local businesses in their pursuit of growth. Recent announcements of local authorities dithering on whether or not to sign up to local growth deals does not fill industry with confidence that local decision makers are up to the job of pursuing growth.
- Industry believes local decision makers should put their initial focus on priming local economies with small, perhaps unexciting, but high return transport and infrastructure projects. Large projects and overambitious programmes carry the risk of project failure and long payback periods which may undermine support for devolution.