The South East LEP is fortunate to have a strong cadre of eight universities in its area which has successfully come together and plays strongly into our agenda.

The ‘U8’ group has a vital role to play in our work, particularly in respect of innovation, technology transfer and the manner in which we all combine to access European funding. We continue to work closely with our universities and support them where possible – the University of Essex’s successful deployment of Growing Places Fund is a good example of that.