West Yorkshire business leaders will meet tomorrow to discuss plans to boost economic growth and innovation in the region.

The first meeting of a new West Yorkshire Business Board will be led by Mayor Tracy Brabin’s recently appointed business advisor, Mandy Ridyard, who has been tasked with ensuring the region's businesses have the support and opportunities they need to thrive.

The Board will bring together local business and community leaders with expertise across multiple sectors, including manufacturing, professional services, and the arts.

Their insights will help to drive forward the Mayor’s pledge to champion the regional economy, by providing a voice for the region’s diverse base of almost 100,000 businesses.

Mandy said: “We’re going to make sure the voice of the private sector is heard by policymakers and leaders, helping us build a prosperous and innovative environment where everyone can start and grow a business.

“West Yorkshire businesses have some amazing talent and incredible innovation, but we face significant challenges including sustainability and productivity. Tackling these together will help us deliver the growth we all want.

“My role is to make sure that the voice of businesses are heard and that together we grow the prosperous, inclusive economy that West Yorkshire deserves.”

The Business Board will help shape a forthcoming economic strategy for West Yorkshire, and provide input on the Mayor’s business support and skills schemes, ensuring the voice of business is at the centre of decision-making at the Combined Authority.

The meeting follows the recent launch of the West Yorkshire Fair Work Charter, designed to help businesses promote and recognise the positive impact of fair work. To date, over 100 businesses have committed to working towards fair pay and flexible working conditions, as well as greater wellbeing, diversity and progression opportunities for all within the workplace.

For more information, visit: wybusiness-skills.com