What is the South East LEP

Local Enterprise Partnership’s “provide the clear vision and strategic leadership to drive sustainable private sector-led growth and job creation in their area.”

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The South East Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) is the business-led, public/private body established to drive economic growth across East Sussex, Essex, Kent, Medway, Southend and Thurrock.

Our LEP is one of 39 partnerships set up by the government to be the key body determining strategic economic priorities while making investments and delivering activities to drive growth and create local jobs. More details about Local Enterprise Partnerships can be found here.

As well as being the biggest LEP outside of London, SE LEP is also one of the most local. The LEP operates a fully devolved model with increased reach into local communities through local delivery partnerships in East Sussex, Kent & Medway, Essex and Thames Gateway South Essex.

Stretching along the coast from Harwich to Peacehaven, the market towns, small cities, coastal communities, and villages of the South East LEP area offer an exceptionally diverse choice of places to live and work. With nine ports, high speed rail links, and national and regional airport capacity, we are the most significant economic gateway and strategic route between mainland Europe, London, the rest of the country with access to global destinations. We are also home to eight major universities with internationally renowned research and teaching strengths. To understand more about our Economy visit our key facts page.

The South East LEP will inject almost half a billion pounds worth of Government investment into the area through its Growth Deal. The Deal will see at least £84.1 million invested in the SE LEP area in 2015-16, supporting the delivery of up to 35,000 jobs and 18,000 new homes and over £100 million in private investment over the period to 2021.

Our board is made up of high profile leaders and is chaired by Christian Brodie. He is supported by three vice chairs drawn from the business community – one for each of the local areas, Essex, Southend & Thurrock, Kent & Medway, and East Sussex.

What are LEPs?

Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) bring together businesses,councils, universities and other industry players to form partnerships whose geography properly reflects the natural economic areas of England. LEPs understand their economy and are directly accountable to local people and local businesses.

Local Enterprise Partnership’s “provide the clear vision and strategic leadership to drive sustainable private sector-led growth and job creation in their area.” They decide what the priorities should be for investment in roads, buildings, and facilities in the area as part of an integrated approach to growth and infrastructure delivery. LEPs represent a major step forward in fostering a strong environment for business growth.

Find out more about LEPS through the National LEP Network.

A short video about the South East LEP