About the Local Enterprise Partnership

The Sheffield City Region Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) is a collaboration between the public and private sectors to ensure the growth of a rebalanced local economy and contribute to the renewal of the national economy.

LEPs were set up by central Government in 2011 to replace the Regional Development Agencies (Yorkshire Forward, EMDA etc).

You can find out more about the LEP by visiting their website at http://sheffieldcityregion.org.uk/

The CDI Sector

The ‘Creative and Digital Industries’ Sector is very broad and is often held to include everything from the cultural industries to advertising, from film making to software development.

It is one of the key economic sectors for the Shefield City Region that were identified by the LEP soon after its foundation, along with:

  • Advanced Manufacturing and Materials
  • Healthcare Technologies
  • Low Carbon
  • Property and Construction
  • Retail
  • Sport, Leisure and Tourism
  • Logistics
  • Business and Professional Services

About the CDI Sector Group

The CDI Sector Group was formed in July 2011 and has since that time provided a forum for the creative and digital sector to engage with the Local Enterprise Partnership on issues of economic policy, development, inward investment, education and skills, and related topics.

The group is run on a voluntary basis, and is open to anyone involved in the sector to participate. Meetings are held semi-regularly – roughly ever couple of months, but more often when important issues are on the agenda. The forum provides a way of disseminating with and questioning LEP policy, and sharing information about initiatives, projects and opportunities amongst participants.

Meeting dates, agendas and minutes are published on this website.

The Group is currently chaired by Alison McKinna with support from Mel Kanarek.