Doncaster Chamber responds to Sheffield City Region announcement of devolution deal
Commenting on the Sheffield City Region's announcement that the devolution deal for South Yorkshire has been secured, Doncaster Chamber Chief Executive, Dan Fell said:
“Securing the devolution deal is a seismic leap forwards for South Yorkshire. The deal acts as a statement of intent to local employers, potential investors and central government alike that our region is ambitious and business friendly.
“In light of Covid-19, priorities in the immediate future will necessarily change. The devolution deal will help the region respond nimbly and strategically to those pressing needs and – along with the current economic and health crisis – creates another reason to foster deeper partnerships and collaboration in the sub region.
“Going forwards it is imperative that the private sector, including SMEs and representatives of the real economy, are continuously engaged in strategic decision making and involved in conversations about how the devolution money is best spent to support the private sector and secure sustainable growth.
“Finally, whilst it is absolutely essential that South Yorkshire partners coalesce around this opportunity and collaborate well together, the region must also continue to look outwards. This includes collaborating with Yorkshire and Northern partners to hold Government to account on its levelling up agenda, but also looking to opportunities overseas for the region and its businesses."