European Structural and Investment Funds
Thirty-eight Enterprise Partnership areas support the delivery of the 2014 to 2020 European Structural and Investment Funds (ESI) Funds Growth Programme in England. Each Local Enterprise Partnership area has a sub-committee that provides implementation advice to the Managing Authorities for the ESI Fund Growth Programme in England. In Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, this sub-committee is known as the Integrated Territorial Investment (ITI) Board.
Housing & Infrastucture
LEPs are delivering over £7bn of local growth funding. These funds are unlocking the potential of LEP areas with major investment in infrastructure and housing.
Skills and Careers
LEPs work with employers and learning providers to identify the skills needs of the local population and business community. This knowledge is used to identify key priorities for further education delivery, labour market information and allocation of skills funding.
The rural economy is a key priority for many LEP areas. LEPs are working collectively to keep the needs of rural business high on the agenda in terms of connectivity and investment in skills.
LEPs are key delivery partners for the success of the Industrial Strategy. LEPs will work with partners to produce local industrial strategies that identify how to increase productivity that benefits the local economy and creates inclusive growth.
There are currently 13 LEP areas that are part of combined authority geographies. These LEPs provide the independent voice of business to the Mayor.
Current combined authorities are
Cornwall & Isles of Scilly
Greater Cambridge Greater Peterborough
Greater Manchester Combined Authority
Liverpool City Region
Sheffield City Region
Leeds City Region
North East (2019)
Tees Valley Combined Authority
West Midlands Combined Authority (covering parts of Black Country, Greater Birmingham & Solihull, Coventry & Warwickshire)
West of England Combined Authority
The LEP Network holds a biennial conference. The next conference is in March 2019. The conference is an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of the 38 LEPs in delivering skills, housing and infrastructure projects that are improving the local and national economy.
Strategic Economic Plans
All LEPs have strategic economic plans which identify the strengths of the LEP area, the challenges to growth and the actions that the LEP will undertake with partners to address these challenges.
Established in 2012, Enterprise Zones are at the heart of the Government’s long-term economic plan, supporting businesses to grow. They are designated areas across England which provide tax breaks and Government support and they are great places to do business for both new and expanding firms. There are Enterprise Zones in most LEP areas and below is a list of each with links to Enterprise Zones. For more information about the government’s strategy and policy for Enterprise Zones, click here.
17th April, 2018
Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership, the county’s strategic economic body, has appointed a new chief executive with experience of leading and deliver...
12th April, 2018
The Competition and Markets Authority is today (12th April 2018) publishing advice for businesses thinking of, or already operating, joint ventures to...
10th April, 2018
Featuring the LEP Chairs meeting with ministers which included The Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP, Secretary of State for MHCLG, and Andrew Griffiths, Minister...
28th June, 2018
After the huge success of our previous three events, the Conference has already become the industry’s leading forum for thought leadership in UK regen...
21st June, 2018
The fifth annual ERC State of Small Business Britain Conference will take place this year on Thursday 21st June at The Shard in London.
12th June, 2018
Take part in the world's biggest international business festival. Taking place in Liverpool from the 12th to the 28th June 2018.
12th June, 2018
The High Speed Rail Industry Leaders are inviting LEPs to their annual conference on 12th June 2018 in Leeds. This event is free to attend and places...
19th April, 2018
The LEP Network is pleased to offer opportunities to promote relevant business services to LEPs*. These opportunities are promoted on the Promotions ...
13th April, 2018