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Business growth in the South East

Join us and Kent Invicta Chamber

Creating a compelling plan for economic growth in the South East is key to ensuring we secure the right investment and resources to chart a clear course for effective delivery that will benefit householders and Kent’s community of 69000+ VAT registered businesses.

We are inviting businesses to join with us to review current plans and share their experiences, observations and ambitions as we continue to develop a strategic plan for growth in the South East.

Join us on May 25th to:

  • Have an opportunity to have your say and feed into the priorities of a strategic economic plan for the South East
  • Tell us what you need as a business for future growth
  • Share your observations on some of the biggest barriers for business
  • Share ideas on the sort of growth you would like to see in the South East


When and where:

When: 25th May 2018, 10:30 – 12:30, followed by a buffet lunch

Where: Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce
Ashford Business Point,
Waterbrook Avenue,
TN24 0LH


  • Opening address; Geoff Miles, SELEP Vice Chair, Chair of Kent & Medway Economic Partnership
  • Present draft Strategic Economic Plan; Adam Bryan, Managing Director, SELEP
  • Thematic questions/workshop
  • Networking lunch


Strategic Economic Plan

Our Strategic Economic Plan will be key to our negotiations with Government to attract the funding and investment we need to maximise economic, infrastructure and employment opportunity in the South East. We have been working with partners across the patch; businesses, local authorities, higher and further education, to gather inputs and ideas and to share progress as we plan for growth and impact.

Attracting nearly £600m in funding, the success of the 2014 SEP

The first Strategic Economic Plan (SEP) was published in March 2014. It made the case for a Local Growth Fund investment from Government of £1.2billion, £200m a year, from 2015 to 2021, matched by private and public funds for a programme of activity across East Sussex, Essex, Kent, Medway, Southend and Thurrock to transform business growth and infrastructure. We were successful in attracting a total of £591m to deliver 78,000 jobs, 29,000 homes and attract a further £960 million extra investment into the South East.