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Welcome to SmarterFasterTogether, our Economic Strategy Statement

Productivity, as measured by the amount of work produced per working hour, is the main driver of long term economic growth and higher living standards. With employment levels high – particularly across the South East – the challenge of securing our future prosperity depends less on getting people into work than on increasing the value of the work we do. This principle has guided the development of our Economic Strategy Statement.


It sets out our ambitions for the South East economy and how we will achieve them by:

  • tackling housing shortages
  • relieving pressure on infrastructure
  • improving skills across our workforce.

It outlines the action we will take, over the next five years, to deliver on the Government’s National Industrial Strategy, and sets us on a pathway towards a robust Local Industrial Strategy for the South East. Through our new Economic Strategy Statement #SmarterFasterTogether, we will:

  • Work SMARTER: Increasing the productivity of the South East LEP area.
  • Deliver FASTER: Accelerating housing and infrastructure delivery to meet planned growth.
  • Work better TOGETHER: Collaborating across the Greater South East, with Government and with business.

Top Priorities

To deliver our longer term ambition, we have identified five priorities to guide SELEP’s actions for the medium term over the next five years.


SmarterFasterTogether: for a more productive and more prosperous economy, in which everyone has the opportunity to succeed.

Download the statement

SELEP Area Map

Download the Area Map accompanying SmarterFasterTogether for an overview of economic assets across the South East LEP area.

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