Across the IGN, there is a clear recognition of the role of businesses in delivering local inclusive growth. A number of member places have developed employer charters in recent years, including Greater Manchester, Liverpool City Region and North of Tyne, to name a few. They are a particularly effective tool that combined and local authorities can use to support inclusive growth, by using their soft and convening power to engage businesses in the city region or place to encourage good business practices. These charters often focus specifically on employment, but some go further to influence areas such as how and where businesses spend money, their impact on the environment and their role in local communities.
An innovative approach currently being explored by South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority follows the same principles and looks to incentivise good business practices by setting social value focused criteria on finance and funding.