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North Eastern

Background

The North East Local Enterprise Partnership aims to:
  • Ensure that the North East maximises its contribution to national economic growth and rebalancing the national economy
  • Ensure delivery of functions where they can be most effective
  • Recognise the distinctive economic circumstances and potential of the area
  • Build on and sustain the strong leadership and partnership working between the business and the public sector, underpinned by strong governance and democratic accountability to Local Authority Leaders and Elected Mayors working together.
Further, the Local Enterprise Partnership aims to be instrumental in:
  • Promoting productivity, enterprise and business growth through developing innovation and exploiting research and development capabilities
  • Developing the sectors that are strategic to the UK and are clustered in the North East such as low-carbon vehicles, offshore wind, chemicals and process industries and a range of other new industries
  • Supporting enquiries for new investment from both existing businesses and inward investors
  • Bidding for and programme managing the European Regional Development (and successor) funds, and RDPE
  • Developing and delivering a new approach to financing and supporting business growth; and
  • Providing strategic input into other key areas linked to economic growth such as integrated transport and energy investment.

Geography

The LEP covers the local authority areas of County Durham, Gateshead, Newcastle upon Tyne, North Tyneside, Northumberland, South Tyneside and Sunderland.

Board and Governance

Board recognised: 27/7/2011 Chair: Paul Woolston

Enterprise Zone(s)

The North Eastern LEP area's Enterprise Zone includes the Ultra Low Carbon Vehicle sites adjacent to the A19 in Sunderland and the River Tyne North bank,  including, Swan Hunter in North Tyneside, Neptune Yard in Newcastle and the Port of Tyne North Estate. News http://www.nelep.co.uk/news/

Key Contacts for LEP

Rebecca Kinmond Phone: 07795 224 536 Email: rebecca.kinmond@nelep.co.uk
Cumbria

Background

Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership provides a strategic lead in all activities contributing to the growth and vibrancy of the county’s economy and where appropriate takes positive action, using the skills, capabilities and networks of the LEP partners. Its aim is to develop Cumbria’s economy while maintaining its uniqueness in terms of landscape, culture and quality of life. The partnership is about much more than allocation of funding and supporting applications for the Regional Growth Fund. It wants to create new working practices, making the most of opportunities to support private sector led investment and initiatives. The activities of Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership include:
  • Championing the economic interests of Cumbria internationally, nationally, regionally and locally
  • Driving enterprise, innovation and growth in the Cumbrian economy, delivering real long-term growth in the most efficient and effective ways possible through both rural and urban-based businesses
  • Determining the areas of activity and opportunity which will deliver a real return on investment, as well as understanding the key long standing barriers to development
  • Stimulating job growth within the private, community and Third Sectors to compensate for job losses currently being experienced in the public sector (both directly and through the impact of spending cuts on public sector contracting) and rebalancing the economy
  • Through the partnership, providing the economic and business intelligence, including trend analysis and projections, needed to help inform constructive decision making, sharing this with prospective investors
  • Developing a prospectus of opportunity, as a “living document” setting out current and future opportunities and the support on offer to potential investors, both private and public sector, and promoting those opportunities
  • Within the overall prospectus, setting out priorities for the Regional Growth Fund and other funding opportunities, and actively seeking and addressing those opportunities. It will provide a lead on priorities, and  enable and engage people and organisations in coming forward with innovative solutions to business needs and issues. Where there are gaps the LEP will commission innovative programmes/projects to address those issues
  • Providing a single voice for Cumbria in influencing the development of EU policies which directly impact on Cumbria, and in championing opportunities for Cumbria to maximise the benefits of Europe including access to international markets and to funding
  • Working to establish effective networks with other LEPs with similar issues, sharing best practice, addressing joint issues and pooling resources
  • Strengthening Cumbria’s social fabric through pursuing the Big Society agenda to unlock the energies and resources of our communities in delivering innovative solutions to local issues
To support the above Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership works to influence the key activities of housing and planning, transport and infrastructure, employment and skills, business and enterprise development, transition to the low carbon economy and support for key sectors.

Geography

The LEP area covers the county of Cumbria.

Board and Governance

Board recognised: 24/3/2011 Chair: George Beveridge News http://www.cumbrialep.co.uk/latest-news/

Key Contacts for LEP

Suzanne Caldwell Phone: 01228 534120 Email: info@cumbrialep.co.uk http://www.cumbrialep.co.uk/
Tees Valley
Background As one of the first Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) in the country to gain approval from the Government, Tees Valley Unlimited (TVU) has a growing reputation as a leading and forward thinking partnership striving to deliver jobs and growth for the Tees Valley. Driven by a private sector-led Leadership Board which builds on more than a decade of successful public/private partnership working, TVU is uniquely placed to take advantage of its collective partnership strengths. Our Statement of Ambition sets out our 15 year economic strategy including our 2 ambitions; Ambition 1 – Drive the transition to a high value, low carbon economy Ambition 2 – Create a more diversified and inclusive economy Our robust Business Plan sets out the objectives and actions we are taking to achieve these ambitions and is monitored and updated regularly. TVU Steps to Success Report Objective 1 – Develop infrastructure and place to enable economic development Objective 2 – Support sector development and enterprise (Focusing on keys sectors Advanced Manufacturing, Digital, Healthcare and Logistics) Objective 3 – Develop the workforce within the Tees Valley Objective 4 – Promote the Tees Valley economy Objective 5 – Secure investment to meet the economic development needs of Tees Valley Geography Tees Valley is situated in the North East of England encompassing the five local authorities of Darlington, Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Redcar & Cleveland and Stockton-on-Tees; covers 304 square miles and has a population of over 660,000. Tees Valley has significant strengths in the digital, logistics, advanced manufacturing, chemical and renewable energy sectors including low carbon. Board & Governance The success of the partnership depends on the engagement of partners, strong governance, transparency and accountability in operation. Our governance model is based on existing strong partnership working arrangements and has been revised to align with TVU priorities. These groups support our ultimate aim to ‘Drive Forward Economic Growth’ and are led by the Leadership Board. Each is responsible for driving specific priority elements of the TVU Business Plan. TVU Governance Structure Board Chair: Sandy Anderson, OBE  - Leadership Board Members Tees Valley Enterprise Zone Encompassing 12 individual sites, the Tees Valley Enterprise Zone includes a wide range of location including existing units in both new and established business and enterprise parks, plus large cleared industrial sites with access to utilities, port services and logistics. Sectors identified as being key to the future growth of the Tees Valley are the focus of the sites and companies in these sectors will be able to take advantage of the incentives on offer.  These sectors have been identified as advanced manufacturing and engineering, chemical, renewable energy and digital. News and Newsletters https://www.teesvalleyunlimited.gov.uk/media-centre/news.aspx https://www.teesvalleyunlimited.gov.uk/updates-repository/tvu-progress-report.aspx https://www.teesvalleyunlimited.gov.uk/updates-repository/tees-valley-economic-briefing.aspx https://www.teesvalleyunlimited.gov.uk/media/164800/tees_valley_skills_newsletter.pdf Key Contact Details Joanne Thompson, Communications Manager (Tel: 01642 632013) email: joanne.thompson@teesvalleyunlimited.gov.uk www.teesvalleyunlimited.gov.uk – Register here to keep in touch with our progress
York, North Yorkshire and East Riding

Background

The York, North Yorkshire and East Riding LEP is business-inspired, business-led and has a simple aim: to help businesses start up, grow and become more competitive. First year priorities are to:
  • Help businesses access the finance they need to grow
  • Help businesses connect to people who can support their growth plans
  • Help businesses become more competitive through better use of IT and broadband
  • Help businesses get the skilled workforce they need
  • Help businesses in the agricultural & food supply chain expand their market and grow
  • Help businesses in the visitor economy to become more competitive and succeed 
Geography The LEP covers the local authority areas of Craven, Hambleton, Harrogate, Richmondshire, Ryedale, Scarborough, Selby, York and East Riding.

Board and Governance

Board recognised: 7/7/2011 Chair: Barry Dodd News http://www.businessinspiredgrowth.com/news-archive/2012

Key Contacts for LEP

James Farrar Phone: 0160 953 3598 Email: james.farrar@businessinspiredgrowth.com http://www.businessinspiredgrowth.com/
Lancashire

Background

Lancashire Enterprise Partnership was established in April 2011 to provide leadership for the county's economy and be a catalyst for job creation and economic growth. It is a Government-endorsed partnership between the private and public sectors, with a board comprising representatives from some of Lancashire's biggest employers, chambers of commerce, local councils and academic institutions. The LEP is also central to a number of economic development initiatives of both local and national significance. It is working with BAE Systems to establish a new Enterprise Zone for advanced engineering and manufacturing at Samlesbury and Warton, which will launch in April 2012 and seek to create thousands of new jobs in the coming years.

Geography

The LEP covers the local authority areas of Blackburn with Darwen, Blackpool, Burnley, Chorley, Fylde, Hyndburn, Lancaster, Pendle, Preston, Ribble Valley, Rossendale, South Ribble, West Lancashire and Wyre.

Board and Governance

Chair: Edwin Booth News http://www.lancashirelep.co.uk/news/

Key contact

Martin Kelly Phone: 01772 535655 Email: martin.kelly@lancashire.gov.uk LEP Twitter: @LancashireLEP http://www.lancashirelep.co.uk/
Leeds City Region

Background

Leeds City Region LEP builds on pre-existing city-region arrangements and proposes to take on further responsibilities for strategy, funding, investment, planning and commissioning of economic development and regeneration activities. Following the Government's announcement on the Partnership's successful LEP bid, the Leeds City Region Partnership has established a business-led Leeds City Region LEP Board which will be responsible for delivering the LEP business plan.

Geography

Leeds City Region encompasses the eleven local authority areas of Barnsley, Bradford, Calderdale, Craven, Harrogate, Kirklees, Leeds, Selby, Wakefield and York, along with North Yorkshire County Council.

Board and Governance

Board recognised: 30/3/2011 Chair: Roger Marsh

Enterprise Zone(s)

The Aire Valley Enterprise Zone is spread across four sites in the Lower Aire Valley area. You can find out more by visiting the website: http://www.airevalleyleeds.com/ez News http://www.leedscityregion.gov.uk/news/

Key Contacts for LEP

Robert Norreys Phone: 0113 2474227 Email: lcr@leedscityregion.gov.uk   LEP Twitter: @LeedsCityRegion http://www.leedscityregion.gov.uk/
Liverpool City Region

Background

The Liverpool City Region LEP is a private sector led Board with political leaders representing the six local authority areas of Halton, Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton, St Helens and Wirral. By bringing together local entrepreneurs and politicians we have been able to harness the skills and experience of a wide range of people who understand what it takes to establish businesses and make them successful and therefore sustainable. The LEP's core activities include: Strategic Economic Development – contributing to the development of spatial planning, housing, transport, infrastructure, education and training policies.  We are the main economic development interface with Government;  Business Growth – assisting existing businesses to grow and increase productivity, promoting entrepreneurship and innovation, and advising and assisting businesses regarding available funds and additional indigenous investment;  Key Growth Sectors – supporting the development of key growth sectors:
  • Knowledge Economy
  • Visitor Economy
  • Low Carbon
  • SuperPort
Detailed Action Plans into each of the key sectors are available. A further ten additional actions to support these step changes have also been agreed. They include:
  • Business Support
  • Innovation
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Marketing
  • Inward Investment
  • Lobbying & Communications
  • Skills
  • Funding
  • Major Projects.
Geography The partnership covers the boroughs of Halton, Sefton, Knowsley, Liverpool, St. Helens and Wirral.

Board and Governance

Chair: Robert Hough

Enterprise Zone(s)

Liverpool City Region is home to the Mersey Waters Enterprise Zone. Mersey Waters includes Peel’s flagship projects Wirral Waters and Liverpool Waters and the Peel International Trade Centre. Sci-Tech Daresbury in Halton also has Enterprise Zone status. News http://www.liverpoollep.org/news.aspx

Key Contacts for LEP

Liverpool City Region LEP 12 Princes Parade Liverpool L3 1BG Phone: 0151 227 2727 Email: info@liverpoollep.org http://liverpoollep.org/
Greater Manchester

Background

The city-region's strengths and challenges were identified by the Manchester Independent Economic Review and were translated into the Greater Manchester Strategy when this was signed off by the Association of Greater Manchester Authorities (AGMA) in July 2009. The strategy sets out a vision for sustainable , private-sector led growth across Greater Manchester and identifies priorities for action. The Greater Manchester LEP will play a key role in continuing to shape the strategy and overseeing delivery in a number of areas:
  • Employment and Skills
  • Business Support for New Businesses and Growth
  • Inward Investment and International Trade
  • Marketing and Tourism
  • European Funding
  • Low-Carbon Economy
  • Planning, Housing and Transport
  • Research and Strategy Development

Geography

GM LEP covers the local authority areas of Bolton, Bury, Manchester, Oldham, Rochdale, Salford, Stockport, Tameside, Trafford and Wigan.

Board and Governance

Board recognised: 4/5/2011 Chair: Mike Blackburn

Enterprise Zone(s)

The Airport City development based around Manchester Airport is designated as an Enterprise Zone. You can visit the EZ's website by following this link: http://www.manchesterairportez.co.uk/ News http://www.agma.gov.uk/agma/newsletter-archive/index.html Greater Manchester LEP website: www.gmlep.com

Key Contacts for LEP

Rebecca Heron Phone: 0161 234 3278 Email: r.heron@agma.gov.uk LEP Twitter: @GMLEP http://www.agma.gov.uk/local-enterprise-partnership/index.html
Humber

Background

The vision of the LEP is for the Humber to become a national and international centre for renewable energy, capitalising on its natural assets, existing expertise and potential for development, and exporting the area's goods and services around the world. By working together through a focused, business-led partnership, Humber LEP aims to create upwards of 20,000 jobs in this emerging sector in some of the most deprived parts of the country and underpin a private-sector renaissance that will help rejuvenate the area's towns and city, making them better places to live, work, learn and do business.

Geography

The LEP covers the local authority areas of Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire, North East Lincolnshire and North Lincolnshire Council.

Board and Governance

Chair: Lord Christopher Haskins

Enterprise Zone(s)

The Humber LEP area is home to two Enterprise Zones:

1) Humber Green Port Corridor:
  • BAE Systems site, Brough – 35 hectares
  • Site near Paull – 81 hectares
  • Queen Elizabeth Dock north, Hull – 30 hectares
  • Wyke Works, Hull – 2 hectares
  • Staithes Road, Hedon – 2 hectares
  • Port of Grimsby – 11 hectares
2)  Humber Estuary Renewable Energy Super Cluster:
  • Green Port Hull (Alexandra Dock) – 80 hectares
  • Able Marine Energy Park, Killingholme – 248 hectares
  • Queen Elizabeth Dock south, Hull – 20 hectares
  • Keystore, Hull – 1 hectare
  • Former maternity hospital site, Hull – 4 hectares
  • Burma Drive, Hull – 4 hectares
  • Marfleet Environmental Technologies Park, Hull – 3 hectares
  • Elba Street, Hull – 2 hectares
  • Valletta Street, Hull – 3 hectares
  • Rix & Kingston International Business Park, Hull – 8 hectares
News http://www.humberlep.org/news 

Key Contacts for LEP

Richard Kendall 01482 485260 LEP Director Kishor Tailor Phone: 01482 485268
Sheffield City Region

Background

The LEP is based on a relationship between the public and private sector and a strong commitment to work together to ensure the growth of a rebalanced local economy.  The LEP is led by the private sector and aims to contribute significantly to the renewal of the national economy as a whole.  It works across a geographical area that reflects the economic reality, incorporating parts of North Derbyshire and North Nottinghamshire and surrounding areas that are important to the Sheffield City Region economy. The LEP Board provides strategic economic leadership and direction to efforts to grow the economy.

Geography

Sheffield City Region encompasses the eight local authority areas of Barnsley, Bassetlaw, Bolsover, Chesterfield, Doncaster, North East Derbyshire, Rotherham and Sheffield.

Board and Governance

Board recognised: 9/5/2011 Chair: James Newman

Enterprise Zone(s)

Sheffield City Region's Enterprise Zone programme links together a number of sites where enhanced capital allowances (ECA) and business rate relief (BRR) apply: ECA sites:
  • The Advanced Manufacturing Park/Waverley
  • An area close to the existing Enterprise Zone sites in Sheffield-Rotherham
  • Markham Vale
BRR sites:
  • Europa Link (Sheffield)
  • Advanced Manufacturing Park/Waverley (Rotherham)
  • Ashroyd and Shortwood Business Park (Barnsley)
  • Templeborough (Rotherham)
News http://www.sheffieldcityregion.org.uk/news/

Key Contacts for LEP

Philip Cooper Phone: 0114 254 1335 Email: philip.cooper@sheffieldcityregion.org.uk LEP Twitter: @SheffCityRegion http://www.sheffieldcityregion.org.uk/
Cheshire and Warrington

Background

The LEP aims to make Cheshire and Warrington the best place to do business in the UK – the ideal environment for businesses to grow: access to the right skills; supportive and efficient public services; effective infrastructure and utilities; and a beautiful part of the country for people to enjoy. Success in the period to 2030 would look like:
  • Increased annual GVA by at least £10 billion to some £30 billion through accelerated growth of existing businesses and new start ups
  • Increased population by 100,000 involving the need for 70,000 new homes
  • Over 20,000 jobs created with a key focus on manufacturing and exports
Businesses have expressed the need to kick-start the growth programme and maximise new employment opportunities in the short-term through:
  • Sector-focussed property developments geared to capturing business growth opportunities;
  • Engendering entrepreneurship through business generation centres offering both incubation
  • Facilities and much needed on-the-ground business advice
  • Working with the Higher and Further Education sectors to ensure that adult courses reflect business needs
  • Helping rural areas to move to a low-carbon lifestyle through digital technologies
  • Promoting the development of a major transformational tourism project in Chester
  • Developing local supply chains for major manufacturers

Geography

The LEP covers the local authority district areas of Chesire East, Cheshire West and Chester, and Warrington.

Board and Governance

Board recognised: 24/3/2011 Chair: Christine Gaskell News http://www.candwlep.co.uk/current-activities

Key Contacts for LEP

Aidan Manley Phone: 01606 812280 Email: Aidan.Manley@candwlep.co.uk http://www.candwlep.co.uk/
Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire

Background

D2N2 is the Local Enterprise Partnership for Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire. Its purpose is to support and encourage economic growth in the D2N2 region. The highest priority is to build a powerful entity that can maximise the benefit for businesses in both counties, and develop a dynamic economy. The LEP's initial priorities are:
  • Build on the area's reputation for internationally competitive science, manufacturing, engineering and creative industries, driving better productivity and growth as we develop a low carbon economy
  • Develop the area's distinctive cultural, sport and tourism offer to world-class standards
  • Share the benefits of the area's economic growth across its cities, towns and rural communities
  • Meet employers' current and future skills demands through the area's highly-rated and ambitious education partners
  • Secure investment in regeneration and infrastructure projects that stimulate private sector growth

Geography

The LEP encompasses the local authority district areas of Amber Valley, Ashfield, Bassetlaw, Bolsover, Broxtowe, Chesterfield, Derby, Derbyshire Dales, Derbyshire City Council, Erewash, Gedling, High Peak, Mansfield, Newark and Sherwood, North East Derbyshire, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire City Council, Rushcliffe and South Derbyshire.

Board and Governance

Board recognised: 7/10/2011 Chair: Peter Richardson

Enterprise Zone(s)

The D2N2 enterprise zone is located at the Boots Campus site in Nottingham. News http://www.d2n2lep.org/News

Key contact

Matthew Wheatley Phone: 0115 9578757 (t) 07817 749907 (m) Email: matthew.wheatley@dncc.co.uk LEP Twitter: @D2N2LEP http://www.d2n2lep.org
Greater Lincolnshire
Background: The Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) works with Government to improve the economic climate across Lincolnshire, North Lincolnshire and North East Lincolnshire. One of the first LEPs to be established in the UK, its aim is to improve infrastructure and the conditions for doing business.  The organisation works across a diverse range of industries, from ports, logistics and farming to tourism and engineering. The aim is to create a dynamic economy where businesses can prosper, and we have focused our priorities on developing the sectors which we believe can offer real growth: • Agri-food • Manufacturing • Visitor economy • Renewables • Ports & logistics • Health & care Geography: The Greater Lincolnshire LEP covers an area from the Humber to the Wash, and its headquarters are based in the administrative area covered by Lincolnshire County Council.  We also work closely with neighbouring LEPs covering the Humber, Nottinghamshire and Greater Peterborough. Board and Governance: Board recognised: 28/1/2011 Chair: Ursula Lidbetter MBE Key Contacts for LEP: LEP Manager: Ruth Carver Phone: 01522 550540 Email: GLLEPsecretariat@lincolnshire.gov.uk LEP Twitter: @GreaterLincsLEP News: http://www.greaterlincolnshirelep.co.uk/news LEP website: www.greaterlincolnshirelep.co.uk/
Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire

Background

The aim of the Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire LEP is to create a powerful partnership combining the strengths of the public and private sectors to deliver the scale of growth needed to rebalance the local economy. The focus is on enterprise and innovation with the aim to unlock the potential of the private sector to create employment and wealth and begin growing, restructuring or sustaining the local economy.  Creating the right environment in which businesses can invest and grow will be central to the success of the partnership. The scope of the Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire LEP includes economic development, skills, planning, housing, transport, tourism and the transition to the low-carbon economy.

Geography

The LEP encompasses the local authority areas of Newcastle-under-Lyme, South Staffordshire, Stafford, Staffordshire Moorlands and Stoke-on-Trent.

Board and Governance

Board recognised: 4/3/2011 Chair: Maitland Hyslop News http://www.stokestaffslep.org.uk/news/

Key Contacts for LEP

Jenny Greer Phone: 01785 277211 Email: contactus@stokestaffslep.org.uk http://www.stokestaffslep.org.uk/
Leicester and Leicestershire

Background

In September 2010 the local authorities, business community, universities and other partners agreed to form the Leicester & Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership (LLEP).  The LLEP was then approved by HM Government in October 2010. The LLEP provides a great opportunity for local government, the business community and other partners to come together and lead economic development and regeneration activities to drive forward economic growth. The LLEP aims to make Leicester and Leicestershire a destination of choice by promoting the area as a place to do business, work and live. The LLEP will provide strategic leadership to deliver sustainable economic growth through investment in enterprise and innovation, employment and skills and infrastructure including transport and housing.

Geography

LLEP encompasses the local authority areas of Blaby, Charnwood, Harborough, Hinckley and Bosworth, Leicester, Melton, North West Leicestershire and Oadby and Wigston.

Board and Governance

Chair: Andrew Bacon

Enterprise Zone(s)

MIRA Technology Park, the advanced engineering, research and testing facility on the edge of Hinckley is a designated Enterprise Zone. News http://www.llep.org.uk/

Key Contacts for LEP

Mandip Rai Phone: 0116 2527312 Email: mandip.rai@leicester.gov.uk LEP Twitter: @LLEPnews http://www.llep.org.uk/
The Marches

Background

The Marches Local Enterprise Partnership aims to build on the area's unique features and create the conditions for enterprise and business to flourish.   By leading co-ordinated action to stimulate the drivers of economic development, including housing, transport, infrastructure, broadband availability, inward investment and skills, the Marches Local Enterprise Partnership aims to improve the economic prosperity of the Marches area and create sustainable private-sector employment.

Geography

The Marches LEP area covers Herefordshire, Shropshire, and Telford & Wrekin.

Board and Governance

Board recognised: 20/10/2011 Chair: Graham Wynn

Enterprise Zone(s)

The Rotherwas Enterprise Zone is situated near the Holme Lacy Road site in Hereford. News http://www.marcheslep.org.uk/news

Key Contacts for LEP

Jacqui Casey Phone: 01743 252525 Email: jacqui.casey@shropshire.gov.uk LEP Twitter: @MarchesLEP http://www.marcheslep.org.uk/
Black Country

Background

The Black Country Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) aims to create the conditions for enterprise to flourish resulting in greater economic prosperity across the Black Country area. It will do this through facilitation and co-ordination of actions by private, public and voluntary sector organisations with a focus on stimulating the drivers of economic development education & skills development and infrastructure & environmental enhancements. Outcomes from these collective actions are focussed on increasing the levels of employment, improving the levels of businesses operating within the area, modernisation and diversifying the business base, up skilling across the workforce, which will all contribute to the BC LEP's Key Performance Measure of closing the Black Country's productivity gap (2010: £6bn p.a). The Black Country LEP submission to Government in autumn 2010 identified a range of  barriers to private-sector-led economic growth and these have shaped the partnerships initial actions.

Geography

The Black Country LEP covers the local authority district areas of Dudley, Sandwell, Walsall and Wolverhampton.

Board and Governance

Board recognised: 28/1/2011 Chair: Stewart Towe CBE

Enterprise Zone(s)

The Black Country Zone comprises a portfolio of sites situated in Darlaston and i54 - Wolverhampton North, spread over 120 hectares. News http://www.blackcountrylep.co.uk/default.asp?PageID=466&n=LEP+News

Key Contacts for LEP

Sarah Middleton Phone: 01384 471102 Email: sarah_middleton@blackcountryconsortium.co.uk LEP Twitter: @BlackCountryLEP http://www.blackcountrylep.co.uk/
Greater Birmingham and Solihull

Background

GBSLEP is a partnership of businesses, local authorities and universities which supports private-sector growth and job creation. Its role is to create a globally-competitive knowledge economy, ensuring the area is recognised as Europe's natural home for entrepreneurs and wealth creators. The LEP’s formal objectives are to promote:
  • Sustainable private sector investment and growth
  • Business efficiency and competitiveness
  • Economic development and regeneration
  • Employment
And has specific goals to:
  • Increase Gross Value Added (GVA, a measure of economic output) by 30% (£8.25bn) by 2020
  • Create 100,000 (net) private sector jobs by 2020
  • Boost indigenous and inward investment
  • Achieve global leadership in key sectors
  • Build a world class workforce

Geography

The LEP's area encompasses the Birmingham and Solihull Metropolitan Core, Southern Staffordshire and Northern Worcestershire.

Board and Governance

Chair: Andy Street

Enterprise Zone(s)

Birmingham City Centre is designated as an Enterprise Zone. News http://centreofenterprise.com/resources/newsroom/

Key contact

Helen Harper Phone: 0121 303 4369 Email: gbslep@birmingham.gov.uk LEP Twitter: @GBSLEP http://centreofenterprise.com/
Northamptonshire

Background

Launched in May 2011 this year, NEP received formal endorsement from the Government as the Local Enterprise Partnership on 23 September. NEP covers a population of around 683,000 and represents over 24,785 businesses. The focus of the private sector-led partnership is to promote growth and create jobs in the area. Its priorities include increasing the coverage of super-fast broadband, regenerating and improving connectivity between the main population areas, supporting the tourism industry and helping to realise the potential of the growth sectors like advanced manufacturing and engineering, information technology and logistics. 

Geography

The LEP covers the county of Northamptonshire.

Board and Governance

Chair: Paul Southworth 

Enterprise Zone(s)

The Northampton Waterside site is designated as an Enterprise Zone.

Key Contacts for LEP

Sajeeda Rose Phone: 01604 609548 Email: sajeeda.rose@northamptonshireep.co.uk LEP Twitter: @_NorthantsEP http://www.northamptonshireep.co.uk/
Greater Cambridge and Greater Peterborough

Background

GCGP aims to drive forward sustainable economic growth in its area – with local business, education providers, the third sector and the public sector working together to achieve this. Its goal is to create an economy with 100,000 major businesses and create 160,000 new jobs by 2025, in an internationally-significant, low-carbon, knowledge-based economy balanced wherever possible with advanced manufacturing and services. Strategic areas of focus are:
  • Skills and employment
  • Strategic economic vision, infrastructure, housing and planning
  • Economic development and support for high growth business
  • Funding, including EU funding, regional growth funding and private sector funding
The GCGP area currently has a population of 1.3 million people, which is estimated to grow to 1.5 million by 2031. It hosts a number of globally-significant business clusters, world class research capacity linked to our universities, a number of thriving market towns, and is the UK’s leader in agriculture, food and drink. The area boasts 700,000 jobs, 60,000 enterprises and generates £30 billion per annum.

Geography

GCGP LEP covers the local authority areas of Rutland, Peterborough, West Norfolk and King’s Lynn, Fenland, East Cambridgeshire Huntingdonshire, Cambridge, South Cambridgeshire, St Edmundsbury, Forest Heath, North Hertfordshire and Uttlesford.

Board and Governance

Board recognised: 21/4/2011 Interim Chair: Mark Reeve

Enterprise Zone(s)

The GCGP enterprise zone is sited at Alconbury Airfield in Huntingdonshire.

Key Contacts for LEP

Andrew Poulton Phone: 01733 602009 or 01223 967009 Post: c/o Opportunity Peterborough. Stuart House, St John’s Street, Peterborough, PE1 5DD and / or c/o Cambridge Network, The Entrepreneurship Centre, Hauser Forum, 3 Charles Babbage Road, Cambridge, CB3 0GT LEP Twitter: @YourLEP http://www.yourlocalenterprisepartnership.co.uk/
New Anglia
Background New Anglia LEP was established as a catalyst to create jobs and remove the barriers to growth, and was approved by the government in December 2010. Its focus is: Growing important business sectors Providing information and support for small and medium sized enterprises Improving infrastructure to enable businesses to thrive Its priority areas include tourism, energy and business support. Geography The LEP encompasses the counties of Norfolk and Suffolk. Board and Governance Board recognised: 16/6/2011 Chair: Dr Andy Wood Enterprise Zone(s) The New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership is creating an Enterprise Zone covering six sites in Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft. News http://www.newanglia.co.uk/Events.aspx Key Contacts for LEP Chris Starkie Phone: 01603 510070 Email: info@newanglia.co.uk The Walpole Suite, Ketteringham Hall, Wymondham, Norfolk, NR18 9RS LEP Twitter: @NewAngliaLEP http://www.newanglia.co.uk/
Coventry and Warwickshire

Background

The LEP's vision is to make Coventry and Warwickshire a World Class economy in which to do business; a place to: lead a great life, excel at learning, visit and return to - all supported by exceptional private, public and voluntary services.The scope of activity for the CW LEP includes:
  • Providing strong, clear and visionary leadership for the future growth and development of the sub-regional economy. Identifying key priorities and ensure all partner activity and resources are focussed towards achieving these.
  • Identifying and address barriers to the growth of the sub-regional economy and correct local market failures.
  • Providing a "whole-life" approach to business engagement and support - from business start-up, survival and expansion.
  • Helping drive up productivity in the sub-regional economy and increase exporting.
  • Co-ordinating and focus funding opportunities (including the Regional Growth Fund and residual arrangements with respect to EU Structural Funding).
  • Custodian of key sub-regional assets inherited from Advantage West Midlands e.g. Ansty Park, where currently just over 10% of the planned 1.4 million ft2  Research and Development Park has been completed, with the world class Manufacturing Technology Centre recently started on site. The CW LEP will ensure that activity proceeds with pace to maximise and exploit new private sector jobs and GVA growth. Other assets will be sought from local public sector bodies. This would bring an additional benefit in engaging ‘business leaders' in real and tangible involvement immediately and help to cement the Partnership.
  • Access to finance - Improve businesses access to finance to support business growth and survival. Creating innovative public, private partnerships which are outside the traditional lending frameworks of high street banking to meet the needs of new business starts and SMEs which demand risk finance.
  • Inward investment - Attract businesses to locate in the LEP area and support and retain existing investment working with UKTI at national level (locally delivered - under the UKTI brand - via the Chamber of Commerce).
  • Superfast broadband facilities need to be made available for the whole of the LEP area.  In partnership with the private sector, Coventry City Council are already exploring how their £11.5m recent investment in a high-capacity Fibre Optic Wide Area Network could be used as the "backbone" of a facility available for the whole LEP area especially in the rural areas.
  • Sector leadership - Develop sectors that increase the sub-region's competitiveness and build on our comparative advantages.
  • Understanding the drivers and dynamics of worklessness in the sub-region, and work with new framework providers for the new Welfare to Work programme to ensure economic inclusion.
  • Developing a market-led "Skills System", with clear and two-way communications between the stakeholders (private, public, individual) and a clear statement of skills priorities for the sub-region to inform business investment in skills, residents choices about training options, the type and nature of training being offered by providers, and the allocation of skills funding from all relevant parties. Place emphasis on leadership management, innovation and high level skills as directed by an employer led skills group.
  • Guiding, informing, monitoring and holding accountable all those who undertake activities and interventions that impact on the sub-regional economy.
CW LEP will be the voice of the economy with strong business engagement.  This clear business focus will be used to help guide, shape and inform the wider issues in the sub-region that are critical to creating the right conditions for growth and will strongly influence local authority decisions in areas such as:-
  • Planning
  • Transport - develop a coordinated approach to transport both within and across boundaries of the LEP area
  • Housing
  • Minimising Bureaucracy
  • Education & Skills

Geography

The LEP covers the local authority district areas of Coventry, North Warwickshire, Nuneaton and Bedworth, Rugby, Stratford-on-Avon and Warwick.

Board and Governance

Board recognised: 3/3/2011 Chief Executive: Martin Yardley martin.yardley@coventry.gov.uk News http://www.cwlep.com/news

Key Contacts for LEP

Roger Dowthwaite Phone: 07768 688567 Email: roger.dowthwaite@cwlep.com LEP Twitter: @CW_LEP http://www.cwlep.com/
Worcestershire

Background

The Worcestershire LEP's vision is of a strong, well-balanced and intelligent partnership which identifies and co-ordinates the delivery of key economic priorities, which are recognised by business and public sector. The central objective is:
To create the right environment to encourage investment from new and existing businesses; to foster own success, build on its small number of large industries, develop new industries from medium-sized companies with global promise and help them grow.
Its priorities are to:
  • Deliver the strategic employment sites and related infrastructure (services, highways access utilities etc) needed to secure sustainable economic growth and a low-carbon economy
  • Ensure there is the right support for business start up, business growth, business retention – focussing on meeting the needs of our strategic businesses, ‘high growth’ SMEs and the social enterprise sector
  • Deliver the right infrastructure for business, including improved high speed broadband availability, improving access from the M5 to the Malvern Hills Science Park and QinetiQ, improving the by-pass leading to the Hereford and Bromyard roads to Herefordshire and creating better access for our strategic businesses and their supply chains in the north of the county to the motorway network through improvements to east-west links and the A449
  • Invest in the skills of the workforce ensuring that provision is responsive to business needs, and relevant to future growth and business opportunities

Geography

The LEP encompasses the county of Worcestershire.

Board and Governance

Board recognised: 27/7/2011 Chair: Peter Pawsey News http://www.wlep.co.uk/news/ Newsletter http://www.wlep.co.uk/pawse-for-thought/  These are currently being updated

Key Contact(s) for LEP

Gary Woodman Phone: 01905 346180 Email: gary.woodman@wlep.co.uk www.wlep.co.uk
South East Midlands

Background

The South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership (SEMLEP) brings together businesses, universities, colleges and training providers, community groups, social enterprises and local government across a population of almost 2million in the fastest growing area in England. The Board of the SE Midlands LEP has adopted an  ‘open boundaries’ policy to partnership working with neighbouring LEPs and has set up active ‘partnership working agreements’ with Northamptonshire Enterprise Partnership and the Buckinghamshire and Thames Valley LEP. It is currently developing similar agreements with Hertfordshire Greater Peterborough and Greater Cambridge and Oxfordshire LEPs. By March 2015, the SE Midlands LEP aspires to be one of the most innovative, successful and high performing local enterprise partnerships in England, as measured by growth in Gross Value Added per head relative to other LEPs and as demonstrated by the effective collective leadership provided by local authority and private sector partners. SEMLEP ‘s focus is on private sector-led growth and inward investment; its role is to create the right environment for businesses to grow. SEMLEP’s way of working is characterised by a strong and transparent unity of purpose shared by all partners. By working together in pursuit of this single purpose, SEMLEP aims to get the best out of public and private leaders at all levels in the organisations and communities with whom it works, and throughout businesses of all types and size. Growth impacts on and is measured by demonstrable increases and improvements that result from this way of working in businesses, jobs, homes and communities.

Geography

SEMLEP comprises the four unitary authorities of Bedford Borough, Central Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes, together with the district councils of Aylesbury Vale, Cherwell, Corby, Daventry, Kettering, Northampton, and South Northamptonshire.

Board and Governance

Chair: Dr Ann Limb OBE The Board provides collective strategic leadership:
  • in showcase sector development and activities
  • on advisory groups
  • with enabling activities
  The Board fulfils its collective strategic leadership role by focussing on the following actions:
  • giving support to local authority delivery teams, businesses and other stakeholder groups engaged in implementation of local authority plans and overall SEMLEP business plan
  • fulfilling a  scrutiny role in respect of performance management of SEMLEP Business Plan agreed activities
  • providing stewardship of funds, programmes and projects agreed in SEMLEP Business Plan e.g. EZ GPF
  • offering skills and expertise to showcase sector groups, advisory groups and enabling activities
  • stretching thinking and challenging ways of working

Enterprise Zone(s)

The Northampton Waterside site is designated as the Enterprise Zone for the South East Midlands. News http://www.semlep.com/latest-news/

Key contact

Hilary Chipping Phone: 01234 436100 Email: info@semlep.com http://www.semlep.com/
Gloucestershire

Background

The Gloucestershire local enterprise partnership covers a population of around 600,000 and represents over 25,000 businesses. The priority of the private sector-led partnership is to promote growth and create jobs in the area. To achieve this, the Gloucestershire partnership plans to build strong relationships with its neighbouring local enterprise partnership to help address strategic issues.

Geography

The LEP encompasses the local authority district areas of Cheltenham, Cotswold, Forest of Dean, Gloucester, Stroud and Tewkesbury.

Board and Governance

Board recognised: 4/11/2011 Chair: Diane Savory News http://www.gfirst.co.uk/news

Key Contacts for LEP

David Owen Phone: 01452 328300 Email: David.Owen@glosfirst.co.uk LEP Twitter: @GFirstUK and @GlosLEP http://www.gfirst.co.uk/
Hertfordshire

Background

The Hertfordshire LEP is here to accelerate business-led growth in Hertfordshire. Its ambition is for Hertfordshire to become a world-leading economy; one of the top three in the country outside London. To achieve this, the LEP brings together key partners from business, academia and the public sector to provide the necessary strategic leadership, vision and focus to deliver this aim. Our primary goal for the LEP is to promote steady, sustained economic growth over the next two decades. We will achieve this growth whilst simultaneously enhancing and protecting the valuable natural assets which make our communities and landscapes attractive and distinctive. Our four objectives are:
  • To encourage enterprise and business growth and build on our innovation assets
  • To maintain and improve the skills and employment prospects of residents
  • To identify and prioritise the strategic infrastructure required for economic growth
  • To secure greater investment from business and government in Hertfordshire by improved promotion and advocacyactivity

Geography

The LEP covers the county of Hertfordshire.

Board and Governance

Chair: John Gourd Board:
  • Andrew Percival, VINCI plc
  • Peter O'Gorman, Santander Corporate Bank
  • Martino Picardo, Bioscience Catalyst
  • Dan Dark, Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden
  • Graham Lane, Cheeky Munkey Limited
  • Tim Hutchings, Hertfordshire Chamber of Commerce & Industry
  • David Lloyd, Hertfordshire Country Council
  • Councillor Sharon Taylor, Stevenage Borough Council
  • Councillor Tony Jackson, East Herts Council
  • Professor Quintin McKellar, University of Hertfordshire
  • Mark Pegg, Ashbridge Business School

Key contact

Joanna Morris Phone: 01707 358744 Email:  info@hertfordshirelep.co.uk LEP Twitter: @HertsLEP http://www.hertfordshirelep.co.uk
Buckinghamshire Thames Valley

Background

The Buckinghamshire Thames Valley Local Enterprise Partnership (BTVLEP) is a business-led ‘partnership of equals’ between local government and the private sector, building the conditions for sustainable economic growth in the County.

BTVLEPs aims to ensure Buckinghamshire plays its full part in realising the Government’s Plan for Growth, through growing existing strengths in the sectors identified as the future drivers of prosperity; by delivering exceptional learning and skills outcomes; and by continuing to celebrate and embrace our position as the entrepreneurial heart of Britain.

Drawing on a detailed evidence base, and close understanding of local economic conditions, BTVLEP will agree and set out clear objectives and seek to see them achieved.

The county’s collective business voice is formally represented in BTVLEP by Buckinghamshire Business First (BBF), a not-for-profit enterprise, whose primary roles are to pull the business community together to enable the optimum operating environment for businesses in Buckinghamshire, through economic development and business engagement activities, and to provide secretariat support to BTVLEP.

Geography

BTVLEP covers the county of Buckinghamshire and has open and collaborative relationships with all neighbouring LEP areas.

Board and Governance

The BTVLEP board comprises five local business leaders, one of whom is Chairman, and five senior elected members from each of the Buckinghamshire local authorities.

The board will provide clear direction and define priorities for economic development interventions in Buckinghamshire.

Strong input will ensure the right things get done, and projects are tightly defined with a strong sense of common ownership.

Chair: Alex Pratt OBE JP

Key Contact

Email:
info@buckstvlep.co.uk Phone: 01494 568941 LEP Twitter: @BTVLEP http://www.buckstvlep.co.uk
Oxfordshire

Background

 The Oxfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership is a voluntary body made up of representatives from business, academia and the wider public sector. The Partnership’s overarching aim is to be the catalyst for realising Oxfordshire’s economic and commercial potential. It will act as an informed, independent advocate for the drivers of innovation and growth. In addition this role, the Partnership will prioritise on key programmes to address the high priority deficiencies identified within the county, rather than trying to do everything itself. In setting out a single, clear vision for the longer-term future of Oxfordshire’s economy the Partnership will provide collective leadership by the most senior and high-profile private, academic and public-sector leaders. It will build upon existing working arrangements at the local level to align its work on economic and commercial growth; planning, housing, transport and infrastructure priorities; skills requirements and business support. The Partnership is a light-touch, multi-tiered body that will continue to evolve over time in response to the changing needs of the economic and commercial community.

Geography

The LEP encompasses the county of Oxfordshire.

Board and Governance

Board recognised: 4/3/2011 Chair: Adrian Shooter CBE ( LEPChairman@oxfordshire.gov.uk)

Enterprise Zone(s) 

The enterprise zone at Science Vale UK consists of two of the UK’s biggest science and research business parks - Harwell Oxford and Milton Park. See http://www.sciencevale.com/ for more details.

Key contact

Martin Tugwell Phone: 01865 815113 Email: martin.tugwell@oxfordshire.gov.uk LEP Twitter: @OxfordshireLEP http://www.oxfordshirelep.org.uk/
London
Background In February 2012 the Mayor of London established the London Enterprise Panel, the local enterprise partnership for Greater London. The Panel is co-chaired by Harvey McGrath, former chairman of Prudential plc and the London Development Agency, and Kit Malthouse, the Deputy Mayor for Business & Enterprise. Its membership is formed of senior representatives of London’s business community and three borough leaders representing London Councils. The purpose of the London Enterprise Panel is to advise the Mayor of London on action to:
  • Provide strategic investment to support private sector growth and employment;
  • Promote enterprise and innovation and the acquisition of skills for sustained employment in London;
  • Protect and enhance London’s competitiveness.
The Panel has also established a Skills & Employment Working Group which includes co-opted members from a range of key stakeholder groups including the further and higher education sectors, Jobcentre Plus, business bodies, Work Programme providers and the voluntary and community sector. Consistent with London’s unique governance arrangements, the Panel’s role will not be the same as that of other local enterprise partnerships. For example, In London, the functions of the London Development Agency are being folded into the GLA.  The Panel will therefore have an advisory role and work within the framework set by the London Plan and other Mayoral strategies. Further information on the London Enterprise Panel, including full membership, meeting papers and details of the Panel’s Skills & Employment Working Group can be found at www.london.gov.uk/londonenterprisepanel. Geography The London Enterprise Panel covers the whole of Greater London, including all London Boroughs.

Enterprise Zone(s)

London's Enterprise Zone is situated at the Royal Docks.

Key contact

Jamie Izzard, Board Secretary Tel: 020 7983 4420 Email: londonenterprisepanel@london.gov.uk LEP Twitter: @LondonLEP

Background

The Buckinghamshire Thames Valley Local Enterprise Partnership (BTVLEP) is a business-led ‘partnership of equals’ between local government and the private sector, building the conditions for sustainable economic growth in the County.

BTVLEPs aims to ensure Buckinghamshire plays its full part in realising the Government’s Plan for Growth, through growing existing strengths in the sectors identified as the future drivers of prosperity; by delivering exceptional learning and skills outcomes; and by continuing to celebrate and embrace our position as the entrepreneurial heart of Britain.

Drawing on a detailed evidence base, and close understanding of local economic conditions, BTVLEP will agree and set out clear objectives and seek to see them achieved.

The county’s collective business voice is formally represented in BTVLEP by Buckinghamshire Business First (BBF), a not-for-profit enterprise, whose primary roles are to pull the business community together to enable the optimum operating environment for businesses in Buckinghamshire, through economic development and business engagement activities, and to provide secretariat support to BTVLEP.

Geography

BTVLEP covers the county of Buckinghamshire and has open and collaborative relationships with all neighbouring LEP areas.

Board and Governance

The BTVLEP board comprises five local business leaders, one of whom is Chairman, and five senior elected members from each of the Buckinghamshire local authorities.

The board will provide clear direction and define priorities for economic development interventions in Buckinghamshire.

Strong financial business input will ensure the right things get done, and projects are tightly defined with a strong sense of common ownership.

Chair: Alex Pratt OBE JP

Key Contact

Email: info@buckstvlep.co.uk Phone: 01494 568941 LEP Twitter: @BTVLEP http://www.buckstvlep.co.uk
Thames Valley Berkshire

Background

TVB LEP aims to work hard locally, nationally and internationally to keep the businesses the area already has and to attract more. To ensure the area has a ‘work-ready’ skilled labour force. That it has world-class support initiatives for local businesses i.e. innovation business services, business start-up mentoring, high growth business support, a world class inward investment package, and much more. TVB LEP will maximise the partnership between business and Local Authorities and help deliver the infrastructure (business, transport, housing, digital and social) needed to support both the economy and the standard of living in the area.

Geography

TVB LEP encompasses the local authority areas of Bracknell Forest, Reading, Slough, West Berkshire, Windsor and Maidenhead and Wokingham.

Board and Governance

Chair: Steve Lamb

Key Contacts for LEP

Deborah Wharton Phone: 01628 796 020 Email: info@thamesvalleyberkshire.co.uk LEP Twitter: @TVBLEP http://www.thamesvalleyberkshire.co.uk/
West of England

Background

The LEP aims to promote economic growth and prosperity in the West of England. It will play a key role in delivering 95,000 jobs in the area by 2030 and attracting at least £1billion of private sector investment over the next five years. The LEP will help put the West of England on the map nationally and internationally, raising the profile of the key high-growth sectors of aerospace; creative industries; environmental industries; silicon and microelectronics, and; tourism that are vital to the region’s economy.The LEP will also encourage high-levels of new business start-ups and the growth of small businesses, help to create a skilled workforce that meets the needs of business, attract inward investment and develop and lobby for an infrastructure to help businesses thrive.

Geography

The LEP covers the areas of Bath and North East Somerset, City of Bristol, North Somerset, South Gloucestershire.

Board and Governance

Board recognised: 18/4/2011 Chair: Colin Skellett

Enterprise Zone(s)

The Temple Quarter Enterprise Zone is situated in Bristol. Find more information about the EZ here.

Key contact

Peter Jackson Phone: 0117 903 6868 Email: peter.jackson@westofenglandlep.co.uk LEP Twitter: @WofEnglandLEP http://www.westofenglandlep.co.uk/
Swindon and Wiltshire

Background

The Swindon & Wiltshire LEP is a business-led public/private partnership tasked with driving economic growth in the area. Approved by government in July 2011, a working group drawn from leading business people was formed to start developing the operating framework.  Known as the Business Working Group (BWG),  it is jointly chaired by Nicky Alberry of GWE Business West (covering Swindon) and Paul Johnson of Knorr-Bremse (covering Wiltshire). Their role has been to drive the formation process and start the discovery/due diligence process so that the new Board has a robust foundation on which they can formulate the Partnership’s strategic direction and commission projects to drive growth. Geography The LEP encompasses the local authority areas of Swindon and Wiltshire. Board and Governance As above Key Contacts for LEP Steve Richards Phone: 07748 658230 Email: steve.richards@swlep.biz http://www.swlep.biz/
Enterprise M3

Background

The Enterprise M3 Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) aims to bring together local business and civic leaders to work together to support and improve the local economy. It is an area responsible for producing £25 billion worth of goods and services annually, with 57,000 registered businesses, 537,000 jobs and a population of over a million people. The success of the bid was based on the level of business buy-in and a history of partnerships across traditional boundaries to make a real difference to the people who live and work in the area. Representatives of businesses of all sizes, the armed forces, councils and the voluntary and education sectors will work together to boost the local economy.

Geography

The Enterprise M3 LEP covers the areas of Guildford, Waverley, Surrey Heath and Woking in Surrey and Basingstoke and Deane, East Hants, Hart, New Forest, Rushmoor Test Valley and Winchester in Hampshire.

Board and Governance

Board recognised:29/6/2011 Chair: Geoff French

Key Contacts for LEP

Phone: 01962 846755 Email: info@enterprisem3.org.uk LEP Twitter: @EnterpriseM3 http://www.enterprisem3.org.uk/
South East

Background

  The South East LEP is a partnership of leaders – from the business community and from local authorities with their democratic mandates – and will perform a leadership role. This leadership role means acting as strong advocates for the area – working with Government to find solutions to enable delivery of strategic transport infrastructure that will drive national prosperity and economic growth. SELEP will be a strong voice on behalf of businesses and communities and work to ensure that Government and the European Union realise the national and international importance of the South East LEP area in the allocation of scare resources. Advocacy will be supported by project specific economic intelligence which will provide the evidence base for investment. Generally, the South East LEP is not a 'delivery body'; it will not create or fund factories, offices, broadband networks or companies themselves. Nor will the LEP invest in motorway junctions or learning facilities. Private investors, developers and businesses will deliver the projects which constitute economic growth in the area. European Union, central government and local authority investment will sometimes be needed to kickstart these projects and/or provide some of the necessary infrastructure. The South East LEP sees itself as an 'enabling body' and a dynamic catalyst for change - identifying the very high priority actions which must happen and, collectively, use the talents and resources of LEP members to ensure that these actions take place.

Geography

The South East LEP area encompasses Essex, Kent and East Sussex.

Board and Governance

Chair: John Spence

Enterprise Zone(s)

The South East LEP area is home to two Enterprize Zones at Discovery Park in Sandwich, Kent, and Enterprise West Essex in Harlow.

Key Contacts for LEP

Dr Susan Priest Phone: 01245 431 820 Email: southeastlocal.enterprisepartnership@essex.gov.uk LEP Twitter: @SouthEastLEP http://www.southeastlep.com/
Coast to Capital

Background

The C2C LEP vision is straightforward and exciting. It places international growth and entrepreneurship at its very heart. It aims to transform business and economic performance so that its area can compete in any international marketplace. By 2035 it should have developed an economy that is trade-led with a business community that is outward looking, investment-led and driven by the need to be innovative. It will have a skilled workforce delivering high value added and knowledge-driven products and services. The economy will be less dependent on locally trading businesses and on public sector employment and spending than it is now. Instead, high rates of new businesses being formed and equipped to compete internationally will be the centrepiece of a competitive economy designed for the long term. Its objective is to lead this fundamental transformation in private sector-led business growth. We expect 90% of the investment required to deliver our goals to come from the private sector. Growth will be driven by a clear focus on the twin priorities of international growth and entrepreneurship. Businesses that trade internationally deliver 60% of UK productivity growth. The LEP will work to increase the number of these businesses and their local supply chain links. They will act as the engine house for improved business growth and performance across all parts of our economy and ensure the sustainable growth of our local economy. In short, entrepreneurship coupled with high rates of new businesses spurred on by dynamic trade-led growth will, in the long term, provide the right competitive environment and source of future business success. Geography Coast to Capital incorporates five interlocking local economies represented by five Area Partnerships: Our Area Partnerships
  • Brighton & Hove Economic Partnership
  • Coastal West Sussex
  • Croydon Development and Cultural Partnership
  • Gatwick Diamond Initiative
  • Rural West Sussex
Map: click here Board and Governance Board recognised: 20/4/2011 Chair: John Peel OBE Board details: click here Key contact Ron Crank, Director Coast to Capital Email: ron.crank@coast2capital.org.uk Media Contact: Gary Rustell, Communications & Engagement - Coast to Capital LEP Email: gary.rustell@coast2capital.org.uk Mobile: +44 (O)751 533 2909 LEP Twitter: @Coast2Capital http://www.coast2capital.org.uk/
Solent

Background

The Solent Local Enterprise Partnership (Solent LEP) is led by the business community and supported by four university partners, the further education sector, three unitary authorities, eight district councils, one county council and the voluntary and community sector, all of whom are actively working together to secure a more prosperous and sustainable future for the Solent area. Its vision is to create an environment that will better facilitate economic growth and private sector investment in the Solent area, allow businesses to grow, become more profitable, greener and enable new businesses to form and prosper. Solent LEP plans to take forward eight key areas of work in its first 18 months, building on what has already been achieved in the area:
  • Develop a growth hub and strategic based clusters which can deliver export-led growth in high value employment, capitalising on the sectoral strengths of the area and as a leading location and growth hub for advanced manufacturing and engineering and transport and logistics
  • Strengthen the visitor economy reflecting the increasing importance of the sector to the Solent economy, capitalising on its reputation as an international gateway for business visitors and tourists as well as its natural assets, accommodation, heritage and retail experience
  • Invest in skills to enable higher levels of employment and deliver a more balanced and sustainable pattern of growth to ensure that local residents are equipped to take up the jobs that are created
  • Realise the potential of its cities and supporting areas that are economically vulnerable in order to substantially reduce the high levels of welfare dependency and secure an additional 10,000 job opportunities for those not in work
  • Focus on infrastructure priorities including key land assets, transport and housing, flood risk mitigation and reliable high speed broadband
  • Support enterprise, new business starts and business survival through the further development of the Solent Synergy model, recognising that restrictions on public funding will limit the level of direct Government assistance available for enterprise development and business support
  • Establish a single inward investment and place marketing function building on the streamlining of services that has already taken place
  • Continue to implement innovation in delivery and funding in order to secure a financially sustainable future and commit to a continued programme of public sector rationalisation and co-location of services across the Local Authorities and with key partners such as Job Centre plus and the Environment Agency.

Geography

The Solent area is anchored around the Isle of Wight, the two cities of Portsmouth and Southampton and the M27 corridor and Solent waterway.

Board and Governance

Chair: Doug Morrison

Enterprise Zone(s)

Land at Daedalus, a former MoD site based at Lee-on-the-Solent, Hampshire, is a designated Enterprise Zone. See more information here. Key contact Anne-Marie Mountifield Phone: 07540 238154 Email: anne-marie.mountifield@solentlep.org.uk LEP Twitter: @SolentLEP http://www.solentlep.org.uk/
Dorset

Background

The Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership bid was approved by the government on 7 July 2011. The priority actions and objectives of the Dorset LEP are to:
  • Create a global hub for international trade and business, focussing on Bournemouth Airport and the Ports of Poole and Portland
  • Achieve excellent high-speed broadband
  • Advance integrated spatial and infrastructure planning across the whole conurbation
  • Plan positively for sustainable economic growth, emphasising the need to be “open for business”
  • Capture the Olympic legacy across the entire LEP area
  • Secure opportunities from offshore renewables
  • Create a culture of enterprise and improving employability skills, working with schools, colleges and employers to develop an enterprise friendly curriculum
  • Review and implement of the Dorset Employment and Skills Strategy
  • Positively embrace the role of older people within the economy of Dorset
  • Encourage businesses to “go global”
  • Encourage the work of, or development of, sector-specific advisory bodies.
The Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership does three things – invests, lobbies and unites. The Dorset LEP has already secured more than £45 million for different projects, including £38 million for the roll out of Superfast Broadband across the county – a top priority, £6.5 million to boost jobs and housing, plus a further allocation of £2.5 million from the last Budget. And as further investment follows, the LEP’s teeth will sharpen. Key to the LEP’s success is working in partnership with private businesses. In fact it is driven by the private sector with local authority support via a direct link to central government. Dorset is one of the UK’s most beautiful counties, from its world famous Jurassic coastline and rolling farmlands to its thatched-cottage villages and vibrant towns. But it’s also a beautiful place to do business. Dorset boasts an impressive number of household industry names to prove it. Dorset has a population of more than 700,000, and a wide range of industry sectors, including financial services, aerospace, tourism, food and drink, creative industries and marine, amongst many others. In addition to excellent ports, Bournemouth International Airport has recently undergone major refurbishment, placing it in an excellent position for export growth. By winning investment, the LEP can not only help local industry attract a world-class workforce, but ensure they compete on a global stage.

Geography

The LEP encompasses the local authority district areas of Bournemouth, Christchurch, East Dorset, North Dorset, Poole, Purbeck, West Dorset, Weymouth and Portland.

Board and Governance

Chair: Gordon Page CBE The Dorset LEP is controlled by a voluntary board comprising leaders from a variety of business backgrounds, alongside representatives from local government and further and higher education. The board works together to hammer out the strategic priorities for Dorset, and also seeks to abolish barriers that would prevent growth, whilst also chasing capital investment.

Key Contacts for LEP

David Walsh Phone: 01305 224254 Email: d.walsh@dorsetcc.gov.uk LEP Twitter: @DorsetLEP http://www.dorsetlep.co.uk/
Heart of the South West

Background

The Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) has been formed under the leadership of the private sector supported by the local authorities from Devon, Plymouth, Somerset and Torbay to create a powerful economic alliance. Its objectives are to create new jobs, raise productivity levels and increase average wages. With a diverse economy, the area has many strengths, including: outstanding expertise in low carbon energy generation (notably nuclear power and renewables), the defence sector, marine and maritime industries. There is an exceptional landscape and coastline, including two National Parks, providing an unrivalled tourism experience and quality of life. Heart of the South West also has two world class universities and excellent further education colleges helping to provide a skilled workforce and a growing knowledge base. For example, the area has the highest concentration of climate change and environmental researchers and experts in Europe. Small and micro businesses make up a significant part of the business sector and demonstrate the depth of entrepreneurial spirit. The economy does face a number of challenges however, in terms of lower than average wages, productivity levels and distance from market. Its dispersed economic geography, with few, but important, urban centres increases the reliance on critical infrastructure and key services. Overcoming significant transport and logistic issues, as well as planning constraints is vital for businesses to thrive and attract new investment. Rapidly accelerating the roll out of superfast broadband is seen as crucial to future economic success. There is a high dependence on the public sector for employment so there is a very real need for the LEP to address the rebalancing of our economy.

Geography

The LEP encompasses the local authority areas of East Devon, Exeter, Mendip, Mid Devon, North Devon, Plymouth, Sedgemoor, South Hams, South Somerset, Taunton Deane, Teignbridge, Torbay, Torridge, West Devon, West Somerset.

Board and Governance

Board recognised: 14/9/2011 Chair: Tim Jones

Key Contacts for LEP

Liz Waugh (interim Chief Executive) Phone: 01752 847135 Email: lep@coastmarcoms.co.uk LEP Twitter: @HeartofSWLEP http://www.heartofswlep.co.uk/
Cornwall and Isles of Scilly

Background

The Cornwall and Isles of Scilly LEP was launched in May 2011. Private sector-led, it is a partnership between the private and public sectors and is driving the economic strategy for the area, determining local priorities and undertaking activities to drive growth and the creation of local jobs. The LEP is business-driven and the board includes seven representatives of the private sector in Cornwall, three Cornwall Council representatives, one representative from the Isles of Scilly Council and one representative from the Combined Universities for Cornwall. The LEP aims to:
  • Create more jobs, especially higher paid jobs
  • Improve skills amongst everyone in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly to meet tomorrow's skills needs
  • Help businesses to grow
  • Create a strategic framework that maximises funding opportunities and support for businesses
  • Create an infrastructure in Cornwall that helps businesses to thrive
  • Create a 'can do' enterprise culture
  • Protect the value of our environment
  • Seize the opportunities presented by superfast broadband and the global marketplace
  • Help overcome the barriers that hold back business growth

Geography

The LEP covers the local authority areas of the county of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

Board and Governance

Chair: Chris Pomfret

Enterprise Zone(s)

The Newquay Aerohub Enterprise Zone is situated at Newquay Cornwall Airport.

Key contact(s)

Mel Richardson (LEP Manager) Debbie Osborne (Support Administrator to Chairman and Board) Phone: 01872 224214 Email: lep@cornwall.gov.uk / mrichardson@cornwall.gov.uk / Debbie.Osborne@cornwall.gov.uk LEP Twitter: @LEPCornwall http://www.cornwallandislesofscillylep.com/