Local Industrial Strategies
Local Industrial Strategies will be long-term, based on clear evidence and aligned to the national Industrial Strategy. They will set out clearly defined priorities for how cities, towns and rural areas will maximise their contribution to UK productivity.
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.
Sector Deals are a partnership between Government and Industry that focus on sector-specific issues that can create opportunities to boost productivity, employment, innovation and skills. LEPs will support sector deals though local industrial strategies and skills delivery.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
North East (2019)
West Midlands Combined Authority (covering parts of Black Country, Greater Birmingham & Solihull, Coventry & Warwickshire)
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.
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.
17th January, 2019
The Cornwall & Isles of Scilly Investment Fund (CIOSIF) has completed its first [equity] investment with a £750,000 equity stake in wireless internet ...
17th January, 2019
The Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership (LLEP) has released a retrospective charting its achievements, and the achievements of local b...
16th January, 2019
On Tuesday 15 January the House of Commons held a ‘meaningful vote’ on the Government’s EU Withdrawal Agreement. The House divided as follows: Ayes: 2...
29th January, 2019
Boosting performance, developing Modern Local Industrial Strategies and supporting economic development.
29th January, 2019
Hosted by the Key Cities Group, a network of 24 mid-size cities across England and Wales, with a population of over 6 million and a combined annual ec...
21st February, 2019
You are invited to the national launch of the Digital Catalyst Program, which aims to bridge the manufacturing skills gap by placing students into ind...
29th October, 2018
As a progressive educational charity with a social rather than commercial focus, NOCN is at the forefront of vocational skills development and apprent...
8th October, 2018
LCEE cordially invites you to join our forthcoming webinar, giving you an overview of our courses, faculty and how we can work with businesses and ind...
19th September, 2018
Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses UK is an investment to help entrepreneurs create jobs and economic opportunity by providing education and busine...