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Our policies for achieving economic growth

Yorkshire Forward has one core objective: to grow the economy of Yorkshire & Humber. Within that, there are particular things we want to do—such as attracting more investment from overseas, or making sure more people are in work.

But how will we actually achieve these objectives? The answer is laid out in our range of 11 policy programmes. Under each of these, we have decided what we want to do (in terms of activities, investments and interventions), who we’ll work with, when and where we’ll focus our efforts, and how we will measure our success.

These policy programmes are fairly long and complex, but they are summarised for you in this section.

Helping businesses to become more competitive

Helping businesses to become more competitive

Find out about our ‘Competitiveness’ policy programme: why competitiveness matters, and what we’re doing to help businesses in Yorkshire & Humber become more competitive at local, national and international levels.

Economic inclusion means opportunities for everyone

Economic inclusion means opportunities for everyone

Find out about our ‘Economic Inclusion’ policy programme, where we try to boost the region’s economy by helping everyone to realise their potential.

Encouraging enterprise and providing access to finance

Encouraging enterprise and providing access to finance

‘Enterprise & Access to Finance’ is one of our key policy programmes, outlining how we will boost our regional economy by helping more new businesses to get started and providing access to finance which will help them grow.

Developing our region’s international competitiveness

Developing our region’s international competitiveness

International business has a significant impact on the region’s economy. Our priority is to position Yorkshire & Humber as a dynamic location for global businesses: a springboard for growth, to attract increasing levels of inward investment and trade.

Helping to create a lower-carbon economy

Helping to create a lower-carbon economy

Find out about our ambitious Lower Carbon Economy policy programme—what we’re doing in Yorkshire & Humber to help reduce & manage greenhouse-gas emissions, conserve finite resources, and increase our activity in environmental technologies.

Property intervention for renaissance

Property intervention for renaissance

Find out about our ‘Property’ policy programme, where we intervene when the private sector cannot in order to provide new economic regeneration opportunities.

Rural renaissance: developing the rural economy

Rural renaissance: developing the rural economy

Find out about our ‘Rural Renaissance’ policy programme, and what we’re doing to help meet the challenges and opportunities faced by our rural economy.

Higher skills levels mean prosperity & opportunity

Higher skills levels mean prosperity & opportunity

Find out about our ‘Skills’ policy programme. We work with a range of partners to increase the demand for skills among individuals, businesses and the economy, to help the region and the UK become more competitive.

Influencing transport policy & provision

Influencing transport policy & provision

Find out about our ‘Transport’ policy programme, where we influence private- and public-sector policy on transport, and support the region in instances of market failure.

Urban renaissance: developing our towns & cities

Urban renaissance: developing our towns & cities

Find out about our ‘Urban Renaissance’ policy programme, and what we’re doing to help meet the challenges and opportunities of living, working and investing in our towns and cities.

Growing the visitor economy

Growing the visitor economy

Find out about our ‘Visitor Economy & Major Events’ policy programme: why bringing people into our region is important, and what we’re doing to develop these markets.