10 May 2018


Metro Mayors: one year on

With the local leaders already having an impact, business engagement must become the norm to drive prosperity across the UK. 

Metro Mayors: one year on

This month marks 12 months since the election of the six new ‘metro mayors’ for Greater Manchester, the Liverpool City Region, Tees Valley, the West Midlands, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough and the West of England. And last week saw Dan Jarvis elected as the first mayor for Sheffield City Region.

While the powers and influence of directly elected mayors differ from region to region, they all have a key role to play in driving increases to productivity and living standards across the UK. As the CBI’s Unlocking Regional Growth report highlights, local leaders and businesses must work together in partnership to tackle inequalities to seize the significant economic and social prize on offer.

Since the election of the first wave of metro mayors last year, important progress has been made towards this goal. The CBI has developed relationships with all six mayors, sitting on several Mayoral Business Advisory Groups to build relationships and partnerships between mayors, businesses and other stakeholders. These engagements have helped to establish priorities for raising productivity – ranging from improvements in regional infrastructure and education delivery to meet the needs of local economies.

Following on from the government’s Industrial Strategy white paper, published last November, ongoing efforts to develop local industrial strategies, the CBI will continue to work with businesses, metro mayors and combined authorities to ensure local economic priorities deliver sustainable and inclusive growth.

For more information, please contact Peter.McManus@cbi.org.uk