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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 their individual pages.

Clean growth, to reduce carbon emissions whilst enabling economic growth, is the primary driver for our South2East Local Energy Strategy (produced together with Coast to Capital and Enterprise M3 LEPs) and is a cross-cutting theme in SELEP’s emerging Local Industrial Strategy.

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Given the length of coastline in the SELEP area, stretching from Harwich in north through Thanet and Folkestone to Newhaven in the South, the SELEP area is faced with huge opportunities and challenges and with strong interest and representation at local level. The LEP Coastal Communities Working Group is working hard with partners to close the gap between coastal and regional economy.

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Click the link below to find out more on the South East LEP’s Enterprise Zones:

  • Harlow Enterprise Zone (Harlow, Essex)
  • Discovery Park Enterprise Zone (Sandwich, Kent)
  • North Kent Enterprise Zone (Kent)
  • Newhaven Enterprise Zone (Lewes)
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Accelerating housing delivery is a key ambition in the South East Strategic Economic Plan, with a commitment to accelerate housing delivery by an additional 100,000 homes by 2021.

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SELEP’s rural economy is a rich mosaic of traditional and innovative land-based businesses, including farming, horticulture, viticulture, forestry and rural tourism. These sit alongside a broad range of non-rural businesses.

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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.

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The SELEP Skills working group aims to provide a strategic, joined up, holistic LEP view and input to skills issues and to deliver solutions where possible, as well as explore and inform funding opportunities, new projects and government priorities, such as apprenticeship reforms and T-levels.

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The new LEP Skills Advisory Panel (SAP) is an employer-led local partnership, established in October 2019 to strengthen the link between public and private sector employers, local authorities, colleges and universities and to pool knowledge on skills and labour market needs.

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With Ministerial and Cabinet Office encouragement and the support of social enterprises from across the South East, we are working hard to develop our Social Enterprise Strategy.

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The visitor economy is critically important to the growth and sustainability of many of our coastal and rural communities.​

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The membership of U9 is formed of nine higher education institutes within the South East Local Enterprise Partnership area.

The network exists to build regional university capacity by providing a platform to promote the higher education sector across the SELEP region.

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