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Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP)

Telephone: 01245 431469

South East Local Enterprise Partnership

10 January 2012

The South East Local Enterprise Partnership was approved by the Coalition Government in November 2010. It exists to enable the conditions for business growth at a strategic level.
It does this by bringing together leaders from business, local government and further and higher education to articulate the area’s strategic priorities and work in partnership to develop solutions to remove barriers to growth.
It is the largest strategic LEP in England and has a combined population of 3.9 million people, which is larger than any UK city region outside of London.
Our LEP is home to over 130,000 businesses supporting over 1.3 million jobs and is a critical port and gateway area in the strategic location between London and European markets. 
To understand the challenges faced across our LEP area, and to provide further background information, we have produced a list of facts that you can download. 
Map of the Local Enterprise Partnership structure
larger version of the map is also available.

Joint priorities

The LEP is a strategic body and will focus its efforts on areas of cross-border economic importance where there is added value in working together. Our single goal for the LEP is to promote steady, sustained economic growth over the next two decades. In order to support the joint business and public sector overarching goal, the LEP Board has agreed four strategic objectives:
  • secure the growth of the Thames Gateway
  • promote investment in our coastal communities
  • strengthen our rural economy
  • strengthen the competitive advantage of strategic growth locations
The Board has also identified four enabling activities which the LEP will focus on in order to realise our vision, overarching goal and the four strategic objectives set out above:

  • Enabling activity 1: strategic transport Infrastructure
  • Enabling activity 2: universal superfast broadband
  • Enabling activity 3: skills
  • Enabling activity 4: new financial instruments
Further information regarding our LEP priorities can be found at