Start preparing for an £8 billion boost to the South East economy

Businesses from across Essex and Kent have been encouraged by Highways England, the organisation delivering the new Lower Thames Crossing, to start preparing for an £8 billion boost to the South East economy.

  At Robots. Routes. Revenue., an event organised by the South East Local Enterprise Partnership (SELEP), more than a hundred senior representatives from business, partners and local authorities heard from Highways England who talked through:

Highways England also presented an animated fly-through of the 13 mile route connecting the M25 in Essex and the A2 in Kent.

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£8 billion in economic benefits, 6,000 new jobs

The £4.4 - £6.2 billion crossing east of Gravesend and Tilbury is expected to provide £8 billion in economic benefits, along with the creation of 6,000 jobs and training opportunities. It will also create prospects for further growth in housing, and support international trade by connecting to the Port of Tilbury and improving transport links to the Port of Dover and Eurotunnel in Kent.

The SELEP ‘Robots, Routes, Revenue’ event welcomed Tim Jones, Highways England Project Director for the Lower Thames Crossing, who provided an update including recent route design changes.

Before unveiling the animation at the event, Mr Jones said:

“We are working closely with local businesses, communities and authorities to ensure we make the most of the new crossing’s potential to unlock economic growth, provide more jobs and homes, and improve access to leisure and retail opportunities. The Lower Thames Crossing offers a once in a generation opportunity to significantly improve connections between Essex Thurrock and Kent, and I know the businesses at today’s event are keen to support us in helping to fully realise the benefits this crossing will bring.”

 

Vision for growth in the South East

The update on the Lower Thames Crossing coincided with SELEP’s work on its Strategic Economic Plan, designed to drive forward the economy of Kent, Essex and East Sussex.   Christian Brodie, Chairman of SELEP, added:

“For an area to grow and prosper it must have a vision and know where it wants to be, and that is why we are updating the Strategic Economic Plan. We must invest in our roads, rail and airports in order to help attract new businesses and jobs, and create an environment that stimulates economic growth. If we are to improve our productivity we must invest in our people, our places and our products, and it is imperative we bring forward investment in our infrastructure.” 

 

The UK’s largest road scheme

Lower Thames CrossingThe Lower Thames Crossing will be the UK’s largest road scheme project and add an extra 70 per cent traffic capacity across the Thames east of London. It will deliver the largest diameter road tunnel in the UK and ease the pressure on the existing Dartford Crossing.   The current Dartford Crossing handles 55 million journeys a year, six million more than it was designed for and suffers closures almost every day due to traffic incidents.

The Lower Thames Crossing design updates in Essex will see changes to the proposed junction with the M25 between junctions 29 and 30. It aims to provide a safer junction with greater capacity that also blends better with the local landscape.  
The junction of the A13 has also been redesigned to improve traffic flows and the junction with the A128 has been removed. Concerns from the local community about the effects of a junction at Orsett Cock on local roads and traffic levels has led to changes to the link to the A13.

A new junction and link road at Tilbury is included in the proposals following widespread support for the investment in order to boost the local and regional economy by improving the connections to the Port of Tilbury. Highways England believes the junction changes proposed for Tilbury will reduce HGV traffic on local roads.

Highways England is also proposing that the route between the A13 in Essex and A2 in Kent is three lanes in both directions and through the tunnels. This will involve widening the A2 to junction 1 of the M2 near Shorne to improve traffic flows.

Listening to communities

The proposed junction with the A226 has also been removed following feedback from residents and businesses that it would increase local traffic in the area.   Commenting on the design changes, Mr Brodie added:

“It is clear Highways England has listened to businesses and local communities. We recognise there are those on both sides of the Thames that will be affected, but believe Highways England is doing all it can to mitigate the impact. The new crossing is much more than just a tunnel with a road at either end as it will have a positive impact on the economy of the SELEP area, and the UK as a whole.”

  Further information on the Highways England design update can be found at www.lowerthamescrossing.co.uk.

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Lower Thames Crossing design update and progress welcomed

The latest design update on plans for a new Lower Thames Crossing between Essex and Kent – which will be the largest road scheme in the UK – have been praised by the South East Local Enterprise Partnership (SELEP).

The update highlights the work that has been undertaken by Highways England since the Rt Hon Chris Grayling, Secretary of State for Transport, announced the preferred route for the crossing in April.

New M25 junctions, improved traffic flow

A new design for the proposed junction with the M25 between junctions 29 and 30 is now being progressed. It aims to provide a safer junction with greater capacity that also blends better with the local landscape.

The junction of the A13 has also been redesigned to improve traffic flows and the junction with the A128 has been removed. Concerns from the local community about the effects of a junction at Orsett Cock on local roads and traffic levels has led to changes to the link to the A13.

A new junction and link road at Tilbury is included following widespread support for the investment in order to boost the local and regional economy by improving the connections to the Port of Tilbury. Highways England believes the junction changes proposed for Tilbury will reduce HGV traffic on local roads.

Widening to 3 lanes

Highways England is also proposing that the route between the A13 in Essex and A2 in Kent is three lanes in both directions and through the tunnels. This will involve widening the A2 to junction 1 of the M2 near Shorne to improve traffic flows.

Across the Thames in Kent, Highways England is now proposing that the route between the A2 in Kent and A13 in Essex is three lanes in both directions, which will involve widening the A2 to junction 1 of the M2 to improve traffic flows.

Responding to resident’s concerns

The proposed junction with the A226 has also been removed following feedback from residents and businesses that it would increase local traffic in the area.

A new junction and link road at Tilbury is included following widespread support for the investment aiming to boost the local and regional economy by improving the connections to the Port of Tilbury and Kent.

Christian Brodie, Chairman of SELEP, said:

“It is clear Highways England has listened to businesses and local communities. We recognise there are those on both sides of the Thames that will be affected, but believe Highways England is doing all it can to mitigate the impact. The new crossing will have a positive impact on the economy of the SELEP area, and the UK as a whole. It is much more than just a tunnel with a road at either end. We welcome the focus of Highways England on ensuring it connects well with the wider road network in Kent and Essex.”

Charles Hammond, Chief Executive of Forth Ports (owner of the Port of Tilbury), welcomed the improvements to the scheme, including the development of a junction east of London’s major port into the expanding operational area reflecting the consultation feedback, said:

“We are pleased the junction at Tilbury is now integral to the largest road scheme in the UK.

It is vital that Thurrock benefits from a nationally significant infrastructure project like this. We will continue to work with the Government, Highways England and Thurrock Council to ensure this is the case.”

Major developments at the Port of Tilbury

As part of a £1bn investment programme, the Port of Tilbury is undergoing two major extensions to the port estate: the 70 acre London Distribution Park and the proposed 152 acre new port terminal, Tilbury2.

Further information on the Highways England design update can be found at www.lowerthamescrossing.co.uk.

Opportunities for businesses, supply chains and careers

The UK’s biggest diameter road tunnel is set to be built by 2027. The Lower Thames Crossing has the potential to create 6,000 jobs and generate an additional £8bn for the economy.

Capitalising on the scheme is a priority in the new South East LEP Strategic Economic Plan, a modern plan that will speak for businesses and demand further investment from Government.

The South East LEP, Highways England and the Centre for Engineering and Manufacturing Excellence (CEME) have partnered to share their plans with you to help your business prepare for this exciting opportunity.

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An Innovation Centre at the University of Essex has secured £2m

Work is now underway to create a major new Innovation Centre at the University of Essex, thanks to £2m of funding from the South East Local Enterprise Partnership (SELEP), that will provide business space and start-up support for 50 companies.

Supporting Essex’s economy

The funding from the Local Growth Fund (LGF) and other local partners will now enable the delivery of The Innovation Centre, which will become part of the University of Essex’s Knowledge Gateway in Colchester a project designed to foster the right conditions for creating more high skilled jobs in Essex through encouraging new business start-ups. The project will help create direct links between the University and private sector businesses.

The investment in the Innovation Centre is consistent with the Government’s strategy for supporting applied research and development with £4.7bn committed over the next four years.

Funding for Essex

The LGF funding has helped unlock £9m from the University of Essex, which includes proceeds from land sales and accommodation transactions, plus a £2m grant from Essex County Council.

The Innovation Centre will attract companies to come to the University of Essex to establish and grow their business, contributing to student employability and enhancing the position of the University of Essex as a national centre for SMEs.

The total £13m investment in the Innovation Centre is set to create an additional 423 new jobs for the area and to add £9.2m GVA each year to the county’s economy.

Support for the bid

Christian Brodie, Chairman of SELEP, said:

“This shows how our universities can play an invaluable role in nurturing entrepreneurship and employability through the creation of spin-outs and start-ups. “As these businesses grow, the next challenge is how to keep them locally, and this is where the Knowledge Gateway comes into its own by providing the space to accommodate their commercial success. “The Innovation Centre is exactly the type of project we want to support in our role as champions for economic growth in Essex, Southend and Thurrock, alongside East Sussex, and Kent and Medway, as part of our Strategic Economic Plan.”

George Kieffer, Essex Vice Chair of SELEP, added:

“Essex is quickly establishing a global reputation for analytics and data science. The Knowledge Gateway and this new Innovation Centre will play an important part in the county reaching its target of employing 2,000 people in the sector by 2021. “The university is already making great strides in developing educational and research capabilities in those ICT sectors that offer the strongest economic development potential.”

Next steps

For more information of the Essex projects being funded by Local Growth Round 3.

Robots Routes Revenue Lower Thames Crossing event

Businesses across Essex, Kent and East Sussex are being invited to a briefing focusing on delivering a modern plan for a successful South East, adopting new technologies and ways of working, plus an update on work to deliver a new Lower Thames Crossing.

Organised by the South East Local Enterprise Partnership (SELEP), the event, ‘Robots, Routes, Revenue’ will be held on 21 November at CEME, the campus nurturing manufacturing, engineering and technology businesses, based in Rainham, Essex.

Highways England will provide an update on the proposed £4.4bn crossing which will increase road capacity between Essex and Kent by 70 per cent when it opens in 2027.

Christian Brodie, Chairman of SELEP, said:

“The crossing is an integral part of our emerging Strategic Economic Plan, and an investment we have long called for. The briefing will focus on what’s being done to grow the area’s economy, and to secure investment in new infrastructure, skills and business support. We want to bring business with us on what we believe will be an exciting economic journey and help give them the confidence to invest and grow in this part of the South East.”

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More than just a plan, much more than just a tunnel!

The UK’s biggest diameter road tunnel is set to be built by 2027. The Lower Thames Crossing has the potential to create 6,000 jobs and generate an additional £8bn for the economy.

Capitalising on the scheme is a priority in the new South East LEP Strategic Economic Plan, a modern plan that will speak for businesses and demand further investment from Government.

The South East LEP, Highways England and the Centre for Engineering and Manufacturing Excellence (CEME) have partnered to share their plans with you to help your business prepare for this exciting opportunity.

 

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On the day

Hear three presentations followed by a networking lunch and optional tour of the Centre for Engineering and Manufacturing Excellence’s Innovation Centre.

 

Working in partnership with:

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CEME

 

With support from:

Essex Chambers of Commerce

 

ACES

 

Kent Invicta

 

Sussex Chamber of Commerce

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Funding for Kent & Medway EDGE Hub at Canterbury Christ Church University (CCCU)

To help strengthen commercial relationships between business and CCCU, South East Local Enterprise Partnership (SELEP) has agreed to provide £6m of funding to create The Kent & Medway Engineering, Design, Growth and Enterprise (EDGE) Hub.

Supporting economic growth in Kent and Medway

The EDGE Hub will be a new industry-led centre for advanced manufacturing, life sciences and healthcare and deliver industry collaboration, research and innovation.

Based in Canterbury, the new 3,588m2 facility will be supported by satellite facilities at Discovery Park in Sandwich; Kent Science Park near Sittingbourne, and the university’s Medway Campus.

It has been estimated the EDGE will help bring 1,250 new learners with higher level Engineering and Technology skills into the labour market by 2024.

Work is expected to get under way on the construction of The EDGE Hub in 2018.

Funding support for Kent & Medway

The funding from SELEP has come from the Government’s Local Growth Fund (LGF).

The £6.12m of LGF funding will unlock a further £7.2m from CCCU and £6.5m from the Higher Education Funding Council England (HEFCE) for the construction and equipment costs of the Kent and Medway EDGE Hub.

In addition to the core funding, CCCU will be investing £10.5m with a further £0.5m from HEFCE for the delivery of the innovative educational programmes.

As part of the business case for the funding support from SELEP, it has been calculated that the EDGE Hub will be worth an estimated £7.6m to £11.4m per year to the Kent and Medway economy once it is fully operational.

Backing the funding bid

Christian Brodie, Chairman of SELEP, said: “This is exactly the type of project that we want to see coming forward in our roles as champions for economic growth in Kent and Medway alongside East Sussex, Essex, Southend and Thurrock.

It is driven by our area’s Higher Education community that recognises it is integral to the success of supporting the creation of high value employment, business growth and local investment in Engineering and Technology businesses.

The Vice-Chancellor of Canterbury Christ Church University, Professor Rama Thirunamachandran, said: “We are delighted to be awarded further funding of £7million for the EDGE Hub by the HEFCE Catalyst Fund. This is in addition to the £6.12million we received from SELEP earlier this year.

The funding will help us to fulfil our ambition to build this new facility and bring high level STEM education to Kent and Medway, boosting the number of graduates with key engineering and technology skills entering the South East labour market, and supporting local businesses.

Business case

See here the business case for funding in Kent & Medway Engineering, Design, Growth and Enterprise (EDGE).

Next steps

This project forms one of many to help areas with SELEP’s jurisdiction to transform locality, employability to maximise commercial opportunities.

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Team East Sussex Meeting 18th September 2017

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Future growth of Harlow and London Stansted Airport consultation

As the second largest Local Enterprise Partnership in the UK outside London we have an opportunity to create a powerful LEP wide message which speaks to government on behalf of businesses, one that sets out what we in the South East want for our economy and how businesses can collaborate with public and private partners to drive growth.

We are delighted to be meeting with partners in Harlow tonight to shape future growth plans and draw opinion and ideas and use these to drive forward a compelling economic growth plan to take to Government.

This is an exciting time for the South East!

Harlow and London Stansted Airport

Harlow is a well located and premium location with major junctions on the arterial motorway into London and the midlands and on the doorstep of London Stansted Airport one of the UK’s fastest growing airports serving 25 million passengers a year.

It is home to many leading companies such technology and innovation business Raytheon and electronics company Arrow, both global companies, and is the site of one the UK’s most recent and advanced data centres being built at the new Kao Park, part of the Harlow Enterprise Zone.

Strategic funding for growth

Harlow College and London Stansted Airport have both benefitted from previous rounds of SELEP funding:

Technical and professional skills centre at London Stansted Airport.

SELEP’s Local Growth Fund awarded £3.5 million to support the development of a technical and professional skills centre at London Stansted Airport. It will deliver much broader needs of the airport, the M11 corridor and Harlow Enterprise Zones. The centre will provide the necessary training to meet skills gaps in:

Other projects which have received SELEP funding include:

With many funded schemes in flow the future growth of Harlow is both promising and strategically resourced. This kind of funding creates many successes and further potential for Harlow’s economy.

Our Strategic Economic Plan (The SEP)

Currently, across the partnership, SELEP is speaking to businesses, councils, educators and sector leads to refresh its Strategic Economic Plan, Skills Strategy and Infrastructure and Investment Plan. Using inputs from partners we will develop a clear and compelling case to deliver economic growth and attract funding from government.

Downloadable PDF documentRead our current Strategic Economic Plan here

About SELEP

SELEP plays an important role in not just Essex, but Kent and East Sussex also. Some of our headline successes include:

SELEP EAFRD / LEADER funding events

The South East LEP are hosting 3 events to share the opportunities for funding available through EAFRD and LEADER. In each event you will hear about both EAFRD funding and the LEADER grant programme and an overview of the priority calls currently open.

There will be the opportunity to hear about the requirements and application process for EAFRD and LEADER funding, as well as information on frequently asked questions and where to find support.

At the end of the meeting there will be the opportunity to network and book a 1-2-1 with RPA and LEADER staff.


Where and when

In East Sussex

Plumpton College
Lewes
BN7 3AE

Thu, October 5, 2017
1:30 PM – 4:30 PM

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In Essex

Whitbreads Farm Lane
Little Waltham
CM3 3LQ

Tue, October 3, 2017
1:30 PM – 4:30 PM

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In Kent

Kent County Agricultural Society
Maidstone
ME14 3JF

Wed, October 4, 2017
1:30 PM – 4:30 PM

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EAFRD

SELEP has been given one of the largest EAFRD allocations in the Growth Programme - £14.5m for the period 2014-2020.

The focus of EAFRD in the SELEP ESIF (European Structural and Investment Fund) strategy is:

Find out more here.

LEADER funding

LEADER funds projects that create jobs, help rural business to grow, and benefit the rural economy. It is available to local businesses, communities, farmers, foresters and land managers.

LEADER is part of the Rural Development Programme for England which is managed by the Rural Payments Agency and funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development.

A total of £138 million is available in England between 2015 and 2020 under the scheme.

There are 9 LEADER programmes in SELEP covering most of the area. The projects funded tend to be smaller scale than under EAFRD with a maximum grant size of up to £35,000 - £50,000. This means that LEADER and EAFRD sit alongside each other and applicants will decide which programme is most relevant for their projectidea, according to the size of the grant to be applied for.

We look forward to seeing you there.

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£20 million to be spent on increasing employment opportunities in the South East

Skills and employabilityWe have £20 million of European Social Fund to deliver projects that will improve skills and employability on our patch (East Sussex, Essex and Kent, the SELEP area).

To enable us to get the very best out of this great opportunity we are consulting with a range of partners at a workshop event in Westminster on Tuesday 12th September.

Working with partners and organisations to drive the best outcomes

We will consult with employers and businesses, training providers, colleges, charities, the Big Lottery and the DWP to gather ideas and inputs to enable us to design the best value for skills and employment growth going forward.

“We are very focussed on improving employment opportunity and feel it is key to consult with people who know the challenges and opportunities and can help us unlock potential. To get them together and involved to develop the best, the clearest and the most effective set of activities to deliver growth in skills and employment”

Lorraine George, EU Funding Strategic Lead, SELEP

Why do we see this as a key event?

Because in order to meet its growth potential and ensure that people will benefit from future opportunities on our doorstep, we need to address the skills gap in the SELEP area.

Overall qualification levels in the SELEP area; East Sussex, Essex and Kent, are failing to keep up with the national average and are well below those of neighbouring and similar LEP areas.

Whilst we are seeing both a large number of vacancies and high projected growth predictions for the area apprenticeship starts have remained static over the past few years remaining at around 32,000 in the context of nearly half a million 15-34 year olds.

SELEP has low productivity compared to other LEP areas and our population is set to grow from 4.1 million to nearly 5 million by 2039.

So what will happen next?

The outcome of consulting with experienced partners and organisations will enable us to prioritise and fund a set of focussed projects designed to deliver employability growth in particular demographics.

We will then confirm any new calls for tender on our website, via partner networks and published on the DWP’s website.

ESF European Social Fund SELEP

About the SELEP and ESF funding

Find out more about our European funding work:

European Structural Funds

The European Regional Development Fund (ERDF)

European Social Fund (ESF)

European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD)

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Transport Business Case Template

Non-Transport Business Case Template

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Southend Central Area Transport Scheme Phase 2

Innovation Centre Business Case University of Essex Knowledge Gateway

Declaration of Interest - Cllr Jarrett

SELEP Accountability Board 22nd September 2017 Forward Plan

Kent EDGE hub Business Case

A26 Cycle Route Business Case

A2500 Lower Road Barton Hill Drive Business Case

Declaration of Interest - Graham Peters

Declaration of interest - Christina Ewbank

SELEP welcomes Government review

The Government has announced it is to review the work of all 38 LEPs across the country during the summer, a move welcomed by the South East Local Enterprise Partnership (SELEP).

Jake Berry, Minister for Local Growth at the Department of Communities & Local Government described LEPs as an essential part of Government’s plan for driving local growth and the Industrial Strategy.

He added:

“This review reflects our ambition to strengthen the role of LEPs during this Parliament. It is testament to our belief in your institutions and the tangible difference that you have been making on the ground. LEPs will continue to be critical to our future economic success.”

SELEP was created in 2011 to help identify local economic priorities, lead job creation, enable house building and promote a stronger skills agenda for the combined economy of East Sussex, Essex, Kent, Medway, Southend and Thurrock.

Christian Brodie, Chairman of SELEP, said:

“The time is right, given Brexit and the Government’s emerging Industrial Strategy, to properly recognise the important role of LEP’s and the future opportunity created by our inclusive public- private partnerships in supporting businesses and communities in our areas. Promoting business growth, improving skills, strengthening our key trade links to the rest of the UK and keeping international markets open for business are at the heart of what SELEP is focused on achieving. To do this it is important that SELEP and all of our partners in our robust federal model continue to present a strong aggregate voice to Government. The review coincides with us updating our Strategic Economic Plan to make sure it presents the strongest possible case for our share of future government funding.”

SELEP has recently been given the green light by Government for the investment of a further £102.6m in employment and skills, new transport and infrastructure to support business growth, which will unlock £141m of private investment, and will create or safeguard 33,000 jobs and allow the development of 6,000 new homes.

Adam Bryan, Managing Director of SELEP, said:

“The last six years has seen SELEP go from strength to strength, with the public sector working closer than ever with the private sector to deliver on the needs of residents and businesses. We are fully signed up to the Government’s Industrial Strategy, and are well placed to deliver on its vision. The current refresh of our Strategic Economic Plan aligned with Government thinking stands testament to this. The South East, with its track record of economic success, cannot be taken for granted and Government must continue to support our investment needs to enable us and the rest of UK PLC to thrive.”

Over the last year, SELEP successfully argued the case for a £6bn investment in a new Lower Thames Crossing, and is currently lobbying the Government to ensure this vital new piece of infrastructure is delivered as quickly as possible.

Key investment projects supported by SELEP’s Local Growth Fund include:

SELEP co-hosts events for businesses looking for rural funding

The South East LEP are co-hosting a series of workshops across SELEP’s region to advise businesses of rural funding opportunities that are currently open. The events will be hosted by the South East LEP, RPA and staff of the LEADER programme as an opportunity for businesses to hear about EAFRD and LEADER grant funding.

With the chance to hear more about the priority calls currently open, the requirements to apply for funding and the application process there is also a chance for a business to book a one to one with the funding stream of your choice.

For more information and to book onto your local event please see below: East Sussex Essex Kent

SELEP Accountability Board Summary of Decisions 20th January 2017

Skills top of business agenda

Skills were top of the agenda when the South East Local Enterprise Partnership visited Harlow College for its Skills Conference and Annual General Meeting recently.

More than 140 representatives from business, education and local authorities attended the event, which included an opportunity to tour the college’s new Advanced Manufacturing & Engineering Centre (AMEC), for which SELEP helped secure £2.5m towards its development.

While touring AMEC, Adam Bryan, Chief Executive of SELEP, the organisation that champion’s the area’s economy, spoke to students and lecturers and saw the 3D printing department’s capabilities, alongside other high-tech engineering facilities.

Christian Brodie, Chairman of SELEP said: “It is clear that across our area we have a network of universities and further education colleges that are making a tangible difference to the skills of our young people and the productivity of local businesses.

“However, there’s still much more that needs to be done in terms of engaging with local students and highlighting the depth and diversity of careers on offer locally if we are to compete against the pull of London.”

The event showcased the role of SELEP’s Skills Advisory Group, which works with businesses and partners across East Sussex, Essex, Kent, Medway, Southend and Thurrock.

AMEC provides state-of-the-art facilities to help train and inspire young engineers and operations and maintenance engineers by providing hands-on experience and real cutting-edge technical skills. The new centre provides upskilling, reskilling and professional development for people already in employment.

Harlow College was one of five further education colleges across the South East to win a bid to the SELEP Skills Capital Fund, which is designed to reduce skills shortages, support growth industries and provide the best possible facilities for the area’s young people to access vocational skills and training.

Strategic Economic Plan Consultation

The South East LEP is currently refreshing its Strategic Economic Plan. So far we have drawn evidence from local authority economic development plans and have met with both public and private sector partners, authorities and organisations from across the area, asking important questions to help strike up challenging and innovative discussions.

We would like to hear your views and ask you/your organisation to respond to some or all of the following questions:

  1. What particular evidence should we draw on to develop a compelling SEP narrative?
  2. What are the main strategic assets of the SELEP economy?
  3. How can we invest in these assets to achieve a source of international competitive advantage?
  4. How can investment in these assets help maximise their contribution to economic growth?
  5. How can we invest in our strategic assets to help reduce their long term dependency on the public purse?
  6. What can the LEP and partners do better together in the future to maximise economic growth in the SELEP area?
  7. What existing and new partnerships are needed to maximise the potential of these assets?
  8. How should we prioritise challenges/barriers that are holding back the local economy and what actions should be taken to overcome these?;
  9. Which projects do you consider to be a future priority?

Deadline for submissions is Friday 8th September 2017. Please contact the team directly by emailing us via lep@essex.gov.uk

Declaration of Interest Anthony Forster

Declaration of Interest George Kieffer

TES Terms of Reference

KMEP Terms of Reference

Project Change Request

SELEP Independent Technical Evaluator Review Process

Prioritisation of Local Growth Fund Projects

Stansted Airport recognised for training and work initiatives at the South East LEP Skills Awards

Stansted Airport has been honoured for its work in helping young people to find work.

The airport picked up the Employer Skills Award in the large employer category at the South East Local Enterprise Partnership (SELEP) Skills Awards.

The award aims to recognise businesses that are committed to developing skills and employment opportunities for young people.

Liz Austin, Stansted Airport’s HR director, said: “We are absolutely delighted and hugely honoured to receive this award. Earning trust is crucial to the long term success of the airport which is why corporate responsibility is one of our most important areas of our work.

“In the last 12 months alone, our award winning education centre - the Aerozone – has gone from strength to strength, welcoming over 6,000 youngsters from schools and colleges in the region.

“We have helped almost 800 people find a new job at the airport and announced proposals together with Harlow College for a new £12m Aviation College at the airport, designed to train the next generation of engineers airport employees.”

She added: “We are genuinely committed to ensuring that the business operates in a responsible fashion and is fully engaged in working within the south east to develop a positive and effective sustainability strategy that delivers real value and change to benefit communities.”

Transparency

Annual Report 2016-2017

The South East LEP has released its latest Annual Report, which covers the period April 2016 to March 2017.

The Annual Report offers a summary of some of the key achievement and milestones made throughout the last year, including information on the Local Growth Deal, the Lower Thames Crossing, our business support projects and our work to help stimulate housing delivery.

You can download a copy of the report here.

SELEP Annual Report April 2016 March 2017

SELEP Hold Successful Skills Showcase Event

The South East LEP successfully hosted both their Annual General Meeting followed by the Skills Showcase at Harlow College on the 7th July.

More than 120 delegates attended the Showcase which provided an opportunity to find out about SELEP’s skills capital investments and ESF programmes to date. There was also the opportunity to hear the highlights from our skills boards across the LEP and how the different areas across the LEP are benefiting from their work.

The Showcase also saw the launch of the SOUTH EAST LEP CELEBRATING SKILLS brochure - which provides an overview of SELEP’s skills investments and projects to 2020.

SELEP Skills Brochure 2017 - Overview of our skills investments and projects to 2020

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RPA Presentation - Rural Development Programme for England: January Growth Calls

EAFRD LEADER Update June 2017

Accountability Board

SELEP Strategic Board Meeting 9th June 2017

SELEP Skills Awards Nomination Form 2017

Summary of decisions Accountability Board 26.05.2017

Strategic Board Agenda Pack 09062017

South East LEP Newsletter 10th April 2017

SELEP Accountability Board 26th May 2017

ESF Overview of SELEP area, May 2017

Ashford International Connectivity Project - Background document

SELEP Accountability Board Agenda Pack 26 May 2017

SELEP RFQ May 2017

Strategic Economic Plan Tender Request

South East LEP currently have a request for quotation relating to an opportunity to tender for work to support the production of the new SELEP Strategic Economic Plan.

The RFQ relating to an opportunity to tender for work to support the production of the new SELEP Strategic Economic Plan. The opportunity can be found here.

Any questions and bids for the Strategic Economic Plan tender should be directed to lep@essex.gov.uk

The opportunity is available until 12noon, Thursday 1st June 2017.

Basildon ITP Business Case Tranche 1

Basildon ITP Business Case, Tranche 2

Harlow Enterprise Zone

Sussex Downs College

Technical and Professional Skills Centre at Stansted Airport

Forward Plan 26.05.2017

Ashford International Rail Connectivity Project Full Business Case

SELEP draws on creative skills of the future

After calling upon the creativity of graphic design students from across East Sussex, Essex, Kent, Medway, Southend and Thurrock, the South East Local Enterprise Partnership (SELEP) has a new vibrant brand to help tells its important story.

The design brief for students – with the incentive of a £1,000 prize for the winner – was to devise a new brand and icons for the organisation. Students were tasked with creating a brand that would highlight SELEP’s role as a progressive partnership, with a strong business voice that is looking to attract investment and growth, and present this part of the South East as outward-looking.

A total of 24 submissions were made by students from further and higher education institutions across the area, with each then reviewed by the senior management team at SELEP. Seven entries were shortlisted, with four making it to the finals to be judged against industry branding standards for being distinctive, recognisable, attractive, versatile and relevant.

The winning submission was by Anastasia Pirogova, a third year student, studying for an honours degree in Graphic & Digital Design at the University of Greenwich.

Christian Brodie, Chairman of SELEP, said: “This was much more than simply producing a new logo, it had to help position the organisation, partners, and work in many formats, and have clear guidelines for its use.

“Across our area we have a burgeoning community of creative businesses, and while we could have put out the brief to them, we wanted to give the opportunity to the creatives of tomorrow to show us what they could produce. The standard was incredibly high and we are delighted with the winning submission.”

Commenting on behalf of the University of Greenwich, Nickie Hirst, Director of Enterprise & Design, said: “This competition brief offered our young creatives the opportunity to engage with industry in a real and genuine way, liaising directly with a client to understand their requirements and building confidence and networks for their future careers.

“Winning this competition, combined with the unique opportunity to develop their idea into a full brand proposition, is an instant validation of their talent. We are very proud of our competition winner.”

The new branding will now be rolled out across the SELEP area and will appear on all of the partnership’s future marketing material.

Photo from left to right: Adam Bryan; SELEP Managing Director, Chris Brodie; SELEP Chair, Anastasia Pirogova; Winning Design Student, Professor David Maguire; Vice Chancellor, University of Greenwich.

Area Reviews of Further Education

Careers Enterprise Company

Apprenticeships

Skills ESF

Skills Advisory Group

Skills Capital Fund

South East Creative Economy Network

Tourism

GPF