Stakeholder engagement case studies

We spend a lot of time talking to MPs, local authorities and other stakeholders to help shape the work we do. You can read about some of the partnerships we’ve been working on recently on this page.

Beach Huts

Supporting the post-Covid19 economic recovery

As major employers and deployers of capital in Yorkshire, we recognise that we've a role to play in supporting our region’s economic recovery. We're pleased to be invited to sit on the West Yorkshire Economic Recovery Board and we’ve also been working with local and national Government to explore how we can bring forward investment to stimulate the economy and help address some of the other challenges facing our region.

Read more about our views on economic recovery

The Yorkshire Land Network

Land management can play a big role in addressing some of the biggest challenges we face, including reducing carbon emissions and reducing the risk of flooding. As the second biggest landowner in Yorkshire, we wanted to bring together other big landowners to see how we could work together at a large scale across our region. So, in December 2019 we hosted a conference to establish the Yorkshire Land Network, a grouping of landowners who are committed to working together to support the Yorkshire region.

The steering group for the network is made up of:

  • Yorkshire Water
  • The National Trust
  • The Forestry Commission
  • The Woodland Trust
  • The Bolton Abbey Estate
  • The National Farmers Union
  • The CLA
  • The RSPB
  • The Crown Estate
  • Keyland Developments

The network’s purpose is to develop a collective understanding of the opportunity of the land we own, communicate this with a collective voice and enable collective action that benefits Yorkshire.

The network’s first major project looks at the possibility of creating a Yorkshire Carbon Market, where land managers can receive external finance in return for completing projects which help fight the climate crisis. It's hoped that a mechanism will allow all Yorkshire landowners to apply for support and create a market that will attract inward investment into the region.

The Leeds Anchor Network

Anchor institutions are big and locally rooted organisations like councils, colleges, universities, hospitals and big businesses with local HQs. Together they employ hundreds of thousands of people, spend hundreds of millions of pounds, own and manage land and assets and deliver vital services. They have a long history in their places and are unlikely to move. They have a big impact on local communities and economies and are pivotal to their success and wellbeing.

Anchor institutions make a positive contribution to a local area by just being there. But, the decisions they make about how they operate can make that contribution a far bigger one. These decisions can support growth and inclusion hand in hand, significantly adding to local employment, business growth, skills, incomes, health and wellbeing.

The Leeds Anchor Network brings together some of the city’s biggest organisations to deliver more for Leeds. We joined the Leeds Anchor Network in 2019 and we are pleased to be able to work alongside Leeds City Council, the NHS and academic institutions to help to shape approaches across areas including local procurement, employee wellbeing and recruitment.

The Ilkley Clean River Group

The Ilkley Clean River Group are campaigning to improve the health of the River Wharfe and the group have applied to Defra to make the Wharfe the first designated bathing water on a river. We support the application and are working with the group to share information on how our sewer network in the area operates. We are also working to investigate how we can improve the operation of our network to reduce our impact on the river.