A COALITION FOR GROWTH
“A more productive and prosperous economy in which everyone has the opportunity to succeed”
What are Local Enterprise Partnerships?
Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) were set up by Government in 2011 to identify and support local strategic growth priorities, encourage business investment and promote economic development. This approach puts businesses in the driving seat and empowers the private sector to determine its own priorities.
What is the South East LEP?
The South East Local Enterprise Partnership (SELEP) is a genuine ‘coalition for growth’ between business, government and education. We put the role of enterprise – as the driving motor of the economy – at the heart of everything we do; and we work in partnership with central government and its key agencies to pursue and attract major investment into the South East to deliver significant economic growth.
One of 38 LEPs established by the government, our role is to forge a partnership which properly understands the economic challenges and opportunities of our area, encourage an environment which delivers prosperity and to be directly accountable to local people and local businesses. LEPs decide what the priorities should be for investment in roads, buildings, and facilities in the area as part of an integrated approach to growth and infrastructure delivery.
We represent the largest LEP area in England outside London, in terms of population and economic output, and cover an area encompassing the local authority areas of East Sussex, Essex, Kent, Medway, Southend and Thurrock.
We have a policy of open and transparent governance underpinned by an Assurance Framework (Click here to view).
Stretching along the coast from Harwich, through Ramsgate and Dover all the way to Peacehaven, the market towns, small cities, coastal communities, and villages of the South East LEP area offer an exceptionally diverse choice of places to live and work. SELEP covers an area encompassing the local authority areas of East Sussex, Essex, Kent, Medway, Southend and Thurrock.
With eight ports, high speed rail links, and national and regional airport capacity, we are the most significant economic gateway and strategic route between mainland Europe, London, the rest of the country with access to global destinations. We are also home to eight major universities with internationally renowned research and teaching strengths.
SELEP’s structure is headed by its Strategic Board which is business led, provides clear strategic leadership and sets the shared SELEP priorities. This is the main SELEP interface with Government, bringing together both private and public sectors to drive local growth and job creation and to oversee all SELEP activity to deliver this aim.
Formal financial decision-making is through the SELEP Accountability Board which approves all funding decisions and oversees programme delivery.
SELEP operates a federated model of local LEP Boards by geographical area which allows for decision-making and project prioritisation at a local level.