What Are Local Enterprise Partnerships?

A Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) is a locally-owned partnership between local authorities and businesses.

A LEP plays a central role in deciding local economic priorities and undertaking activities to drive economic growth and create local jobs. 

There are 38 Local Enterprise Partnerships currently operating within England and are members of the LEP Network.

A LEP is overseen by a Board which is led by a business Chair and its board members are local leaders of industry (including SMEs), educational institutions, and from the public sector. 

Detailed information regarding the role of LEPs, their activities, and additional aspects such as the £1.4bn Regional Growth Fund, are covered in this White Paper.