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(From Western Morning News)
Byline: Al Goodwin
In last week's article I looked at how Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) had a difficult birth, and face important early decisions. This week, I look at some of the other key challenges facing LEPs as they mature into (potentially) real forces for good in the Westcountry.
Government had clear ideas about what it wanted LEPs to become: LEPs are intended to be business-led. This generates two further challenges: LEPs have no legal powers, and they are stepping into political minefields. Put another way, LEPs are dependent on local authorities for support to implement their initiatives, but their very …