Nick King, Managing Director
Henham Strategy has been a proud strategic partner of the CCN since 2021. As a public policy consultancy specialising in local government and in regional growth, we have enjoyed working with the CCN and its member councils, who are at the coalface of delivery across the country and who have a vital role to play in driving future economic growth.
Our relationship with the CCN is of huge importance to us. Counties are integral to the success of the devolution policy agenda, and we understand that decisions are better taken at a local level by those who understand their area and its priorities the most. Over the course of the past year, we have worked with the CCN to help them make the case to political stakeholders for more devolution to county areas, and assist those who are preparing for a County Deal to engage with Government as effectively as possible. We have also helped them to navigate the passage of the Levelling Up and Regeneration Bill through Parliament, focusing not just on devolution, but also a county’s wider remit, for example on spatial planning.
As well as working with the CCN, we work with individual county authorities across the country to help them achieve their growth ambitions – an increasingly important agenda, especially given recent announcements around the future of LEPs. Over the coming year, we look forward to helping more regions and county areas make the case for greater devolution of powers and funding. We are also particularly interested in the opportunities around positioning counties effectively to encourage greater inward investment and to make the most of the Government’s current thinking around developing regional economic clusters. Through the Investment Zones policy, we see how keen those at the top of Government are to drive business growth in the regions, and we would like to see counties front and centre of that.
We look forward to working with the CCN and its member councils in the year ahead and beyond.
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