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South East Creative Economy Network

South East Creative Economy Network The South East Creative Economy Network (SECEN) works to accelerate growth in the digital, creative and cultural sector. It is a working partnership between local authorities, creative businesses and education bodies across the South East LEP area. The creative industries in the UK The creative industries are worth more than … Continued

Creative Industries Local Coordinator – hiring now!

Creative Industries: Local Coordinator, South East Creative Cultural and Digital Support (South East Creative, Cultural and Digital Support programme, SECCADS) – 3 posts based in Essex, Kent and East Sussex. Thurrock Council are seeking candidates with a demonstrable working knowledge of creative businesses and exceptional communication skills to help drive an ambitious new business development … Continued

Mercury Rising Theatre, Colchester

The project will enable the expansion and redevelopment of the Mercury Theatre, a significant regional cultural performance and training venue in Colchester, Essex. The redevelopment of the theatre and the surrounding area offers the opportunity to build on the organisation’s success, the continued growth of the creative industries in the County and the growing visitor … Continued

Working groups

Working groups The LEP’s working agenda is supported by a range of advisory, working and interest groups. Over the course of the LEP’s existence, some activity has ceased naturally and some has increased exponentially. Now termed simply as SELEP working groups, the groups and their top-level purposes are detailed in the following pages: Coastal Communities … Continued


Tourism The visitor economy is critically important to the growth and sustainability of many of our coastal and rural communities. To continuously improve our access and offering to domestic and international tourists and to provide our young people with more diverse employment opportunities we need ensure that the creative and cultural industries continue to expand … Continued

Social Enterprise

Social Enterprise “Social enterprise is a force for good and we want the South East to be seen as its capital – the place to start-up or locate an enterprise with the infrastructure and support available to sustain it and make it grow.” Peter Jones, CBE, SELEP Chairman In December 2014, SELEP launched “Jobs and … Continued

Enterprise Zones

Enterprise Zones Harlow Enterprise Zone (Harlow, Essex) Harlow Enterprise Zone occupies a strategically significant site between London and Cambridge, with its proximity to London Stansted Airport making it a premier business location. The Zone provides three specific opportunities: Kao Park – 20,000 square metres of ‘Grade A’ office space as well as a 32,000 sq … Continued

Coastal Communities

Coastal Communities Our valued coast Our coast is one of our most valued natural assets, but also subject to erosion and rising sea levels. Some of our coastal communities are already exceptionally prosperous and some suffer from significant deprivation. Others however, offer considerable unrealised potential and the possibility of significant economic growth. We see opportunities in: … Continued