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Enquiry into Leeds hotel loan write-off points to “poor judgement” by decision makers

  An enquiry into what went wrong with a taxpayer-funded loan to a hotel project in Leeds says that weak processes in place at the time the loan was being approved led to “poor judgement” by decision makers. The £4.8m … Continue reading

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Leeds: inquiry into £4.8m taxpayer loan that got written off starts this week

An inquiry into what went wrong with a £4.8m taxpayer loan to a Leeds hotel project that ended up going bust gets under way on Wednesday. The loan, issued in March 2013 by local funding body, the LEP, has now … Continue reading

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Leeds and Partners responsible for whole of region’s “visitor economy” … who knew?

Phew! That was quick work! It was only last month that they announced that the future of Leeds’ publicly-funded investment and tourism agency – Leeds and Partners – was under review … and now, as if by magic, the organisation has … Continue reading

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Further delay at stalled investment fund after councils rethink tender for expert help

Further delay at the investment fund set up by councils in the region to overcome “market failure” in the banking system and help kickstart the region’s economy. The Leeds City Region “Revolving Investment Fund (RIF)” was expected to be providing its first … Continue reading

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Councils hiring banking sector expertise over stalled investment fund

An investment fund set up by local councils to overcome “market failure” in the banking system and help kickstart the region’s economy looks like it’s having difficulties of its own. Councils in the Leeds City Region set up their “Revolving … Continue reading

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No “credible” alternative? Leeds and Partners win £2m contract to sort region’s investment woes

They’ll be rejoicing down on Albion St this week after it was announced that Leeds and Partners have won a £2.25m uncontested contract to deliver the city region out of the inward investment doldrums. Set up in April last year … Continue reading

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Kirkstall Forge, offshore companies, LEPs and the “Bank of You & Me”

Are we getting enough information – and the right kind – about where our money is going? I only ask because we (or rather, councillors acting on our behalf) are about to agree to taking out a major loan to … Continue reading

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Business leaders to be formally consulted over major planning applications in Leeds city region

Business leaders are to be formally consulted over major planning applications throughout large parts of Yorkshire. The Leeds City Region’s Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) – a business-led organisation that channels public money towards private sector growth in the region – … Continue reading

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Does Leeds want an elected mayor? BBC poll (and Rachel Reeves) say ‘yes’

“There is rare unity among the political parties of Leeds – no one wants a mayor.” So ran the latest report in the Yorkshire Evening Post on the referendum we’re going to have in Leeds in May on whether we … Continue reading

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A lesson in leadership from Leeds leaders – Communications, Part 2

There was supposed to be a meeting yesterday of the leaders of something called the Leeds City Region’s Local Enterprise Partnership. Who? It’s a committee (or board as they call it) made up of Council leaders from Yorkshire local authorities … Continue reading

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