By Max Clarke

Business minister Mark Prisk has had his first meeting with a local enterprise partnership in Reading today. He met with the Thames Valley Berkshire partnership while on a visit to Reading where he also met with local councillors to view regeneration projects.

During his roundtable with the business leaders of the local enterprise partnership, they discussed the progress the partnership has made in appointing its board and the main objectives and priorities the partnership hopes to address.

Mark Prisk said:

“Meeting with the Thames Valley Berkshire local enterprise partnership was valuable in helping me to understand what the local pressures are and how the partnership’s vision will help to address them.

“The representatives I met have exceptional local knowledge and we discussed their ideas for the future. I have every confidence that this partnership will be a success.

“I want to meet more local enterprise partnerships to hear about their concerns, their successes and most importantly how they plan to make a contribution to economic growth in their area.”

Reading Borough Council Leader Andrew Cumpsty said:

“Reading is the heartbeat of the Thames Valley for Enterprise and Business. We are therefore delighted that having invited him to Reading, that the Minister has accepted our offer and will see for himself why Reading has the tenth largest economy in our country and will hear for himself the Civic aspiration of the Council to build an even more successful future."

The Thames Valley Berkshire local enterprise partnership was one of the first 24 that was announced in October when the Government published its white paper on local growth.

Local enterprise partnerships bring together local business and civic leaders, working to support their local economy. They will operate within a geography that reflects natural economic areas and will provide the vision, knowledge and strategic leadership needed to drive sustainable private sector growth and job creation in their area.