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South East LEP appoints new chair

by Jim Dunton Fri 9 August 2013, 9:43 am

The South East Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) has appointed former investment banker and East Sussex County Council leader Peter Jones as its new chairman.

Jones, who stood down as East Sussex leader in May this year, was a founding member of the LEP board and spent his professional life working in the City of London as a partner at private broker Laing & Cruickshank, then subsequently at Bankers Trust.

Jones paid tribute to predecessor John Spence, who he said helped the LEP make “significant strides” in aiding businesses to achieve their full potential.

“I am delighted to have the opportunity to take on this important and challenging position,” he said.

“We are seeing some signs of economic recovery, but there is still a long hard road ahead.

“The South East, as one of the country’s economic engines, is key to the success of that journey.

"We need to lever in funding from both public and private sources for innovative projects that allow businesses to flourish and create new jobs.

“I am determined to build on the good work that John has started and the opportunities and benefits this LEP can bring to continue to boost the local and national economies.”

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