The Economic Growth Advisor (EGA) programme was introduced by the Local Government Association in 2014 to promote, facilitate and enhance the role of local authorities in delivering economic growth. Derrick Johnstone was recruited to the panel of EGAs, whose role has been to offer bespoke advice and support to individual local authorities.
Derrick advised Three Rivers District Council in Hertfordshire (see LGA case study):
- providing a fresh look at the local evidence base around economic growth, contributing to an updated Economic Profile
- preparing a ‘critical friend’ report to the Management Board recommending steps to sharpen the Council’s approach to economic development
- identifying good practice advice on introducing a Business Charter
- advising on the content and structure of a revised Economic Development Strategy.
The ‘critical friend’ role was particularly valued, highlighting how, in low cost ways, the Council can add more value in pursuit of economic growth.