Frequently asked questions
What is the South East Local Enterprise Partnership? Show
The South East Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) is one of 38 LEPs across the country. It was formed in 2011 as a partnership between businesses, local authorities and the education sector. Its aim is to enable economic growth and job creation in the local area. The South East LEP is the largest LEP in the country, covering East Sussex, Essex, Kent, Medway, Southend and Thurrock.
How is the LEP run? Show
The LEP is run by a board. The board is made up of leaders from businesses, education and local authorities who meet quarterly. Click here to find out more information on board meetings, and click here to find out who sits on our boards.
The LEP operates a federated model of operation, offering local and relevant input to all decisions made by the South East LEP. The federated model is supported by: Success Essex, Kent and Medway Economic Partnership, Opportunity South Essex and Team East Sussex. Click here for more information on our Federated Boards.
We publish Declarations of Interests for each board member which are reviewed annually. Declarations of Interests are announced and recorded in the minutes of the quarterly Strategic Board meetings. All declarations are managed in line with the Terms of Reference and Conflicts of Interest policy. Click here for more information on our policies.
The South East LEP’s decision-making panel, the Accountability Board, is made up of members across the lead Local Authorities within the South East LEP area, forming a Joint Committee structure. Click here for more information on the Accountability Board.
The South East LEP is an informal partnership, with no legal status and as such enters into contracts through a local authority partner. This role has been undertaken by Essex County Council.
What happens when there is a Conflict of Interest? Show
Each Strategic Board member and their alternate are required to annually update their Declarations of Interests. Within each Strategic Board meeting, any conflicts of interests are declared when the meeting opens. Should an agenda item conflict with a Strategic Board member or alternate, they are required to abstain from discussions and voting. Click here for further information on SELEP’s Register of Interest Policy.
How does the LEP make decisions about what to fund? Show
The South East LEP’s federated model enables projects of local importance to be prioritised and designated as a priority. Funding sought for through the LEP is done through a competitive process.
There have been three rounds of Local Growth Funding, which funds selected projects up to 2021. £590.85 million of funding has been awarded to the South East LEP which will support the delivery of:
- 78,000 jobs by 2021
- 29,000 new homes by 2021
All funding opportunities have individual criteria and each application is assessed against this. Assessment of projects is undertaken by the Independent Technical Evaluator, Steer Davies Gleeve. All assessments are made in line with the Government’s Green Paper. Where funding opportunities are being made on a smaller scale, through LEP funds, a funding panel will approve funding through a competitive process.
For further information on specific funding, email email@example.com
I want to ask a public question, how can I do this? Show
Public questions can be asked at the South East LEP’s Accountability Board meetings. All questions a member of the public wishes to ask must be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org by no later than 10:30am, seven days before the meeting.
Click here for further information on SELEP’s policy for public questions to the Accountability Board.
I’m a local business – how can I get involved? Show
If you would like to be involved with the South East LEP, you should initially contact your local federated area. Each area has individual recruitment processes.
There are a number of South East LEP working groups that may also be of interest. Click here for more information on the South East LEP’s working groups.
If you would like support to start or grow a business, the South East LEP offers free and impartial support to businesses via the telephone, email and face to face. Click here to get in touch with your local Growth Hub and find out more.
What do I do if I have a complaint? Show
If you have a complaint to make to the South East LEP, these should be sent to email@example.com. We will be in contact within 10 clear working days to acknowledge the complaint and respond within 28 clear working days.
Click here for further information on our Confidential Reporting of Complaints Policy.