The Leeds City Region Partnership has today announced £10 million of funding for commercial projects across West Yorkshire
The fund is specifically designed to support major construction projects and bring more jobs and growth to the city region - of which Calderdale is a member.
It is now inviting submissions of interest for commercially viable projects through the provision of short term debt finance.
The fund will target large scale asset based construction projects including housing, with the minimum investment level set at £1m.
This is the first tranche of funding offered for commercial projects and aims to address failures in the provision of commercial finance through a City Region wide fund.
Calderdale Council will hold its Full Council meeting this evening at Halifax Town Hall with the Leeds City Region fund one of the points on the agenda.
Councillor Peter Box, Chair of the Leeds City Region Leaders Board said: “We are very excited to launch the first £10 million of our Revolving Investment Fund. What we are looking for through the Fund is to create an avenue for developers and business in the region to work together with the public sector to fill gaps in funding and boost development, jobs and growth.
“This is a call to all investors to come forward with their schemes and see how we can help take them forward.”
The Partnership is looking to develop a long term revolving and sustainable mechanism that could offer up to £400 million in support of growth and development across the wider economy.
Roger Marsh, Chair of the Leeds City Region LEP said: “Following funds made available by the Partnership the previous year, through the Growing Places and Regional Growth Funds, we continue to work collaboratively to develop targeted game changing support and help address some major market failures.
“Our ultimate goal is to support our key businesses to create and sustain jobs in the wider area. We are constantly looking for new ways to achieve these goals and we are now calling all partners across the city region to join these efforts, come forward with projects and ideas and help us support sustainably our economy.”
Funds will be offered to projects that support the Partnership’s economic objectives, and in particular will create jobs and support the growth of the Leeds City Region economy.
The RIF will work alongside the Partnership’s other funding mechanisms as part of a wider framework to support targeted investment across the city region in order to maximise growth and jobs creation.
For more information on how to access the fund visit http://business.leedscityregion.gov.uk/RIF
See Friday’s Courier for a full report from the Full Council meeting.