PLACE: Pennine Lancashire

PLACE was formally established in 2009 and is built on a strong working partnership of the private and public sector. PLACE provides a forum for co-operation across Pennine Lancashire on economic development and prosperity; housing; skills; connectivity and public service collaboration.

Chaired by Blackburn with Darwen Council, the partnership includes political representation from Blackburn with Darwen Council, Burnley Council, Hyndburn Council, Lancashire County Council, Pendle Council and Rossendale Council. The Chamber of Commerce, Growth Lancashire and East Lancashire CCG are also represented on the partnership.

Over recent years PLACE has helped to secure significant levels of external funding for the area including almost £16m for housing, £51.4m for Transport over £2m for arts and cultural activities and £22m for business support programmes.

PLACE has recently agreed an investment plan which sets out the key strategic priorities for the area and reflects our ambition to drive jobs and economic growth in the area.

The Pennine Lancashire authorities are part of the Lancashire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) alongside the private sector representatives. Pennine Lancashire is recognised as one of three sub areas in the County with a distinct economic footprint.

Employment and skills board

The Blackburn with Darwen employment and skills board was launched in December 2017 with membership drawn from across the public, private and voluntary sector. The board has agreed a vision that by 2040, Blackburn with Darwen will have full employment and a skills system that works for everybody. An employment and skills strategy has been agreed and the board will develop a clear and prioritised action plan for delivery which will be reviewed and refreshed annually.

The strategy outlines six policy objective which align with national policy and the Lancashire LEP skills and employment strategic framework. These objectives are set out below and will be delivered collaboratively across the skills system and with partners. Further detail is provided in the strategy.

  1. A skilled and productive workforce
  2. High performing education providers
  3. An informed choice
  4. Employer engagement and collaboration
  5. Social inclusion
  6. Full employment