The article below is the most encouraging thing to come out of Government since June 9th although in reality to make any sort of go of the Industrial strategy it will have to go local. You can't facilitate , enable and support robotics in Rotherham or turbines in Torquay from Whitehall. The strategy will only work if it engages local communities and local businesses and can attract external investment to a place with a vision. Only local areas led by local government in its various guises can make this happen. This is what Cabinet ministers should be doing rather than jockeying for position and drinking too much warm prosecco..
Business secretary Greg Clark has indicated councils are to be given formal role in delivering economic growth as part of the government’s industrial strategy.The former communities secretary said he was “personally thrilled” at responses to the green paper, not just from the sector but businesses too, which stressed local leadership “should have particular prominence” in the final strategy. A white paper is due to be published later this year around the time of the autumn Budget, said Mr Clark. He added that he wanted to work with the sector over the summer months to “test some of the proposals we are minded to put forward”. Speaking at the Local Government Association councillors’ forum, Mr Clark said: “The industrial strategy with me steering it is determined to have the importance of councils and local leadership absolutely at the heart of it