Following the publication of the government’s review into Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs), we look at what’s changing and how this will help deliver local business engagement as part of the government’s Industrial Strategy.
What are the LEPs and what do they do?
There are 38 LEPs across England. Established in 2011, they are voluntary partnerships between local authorities and local private sector businesses. They play an integral role in helping determine economic priorities in the area and take some responsibility for leading growth and job creation, as well as improving infrastructure and driving workforce skills within the region.
Since their formation, however, the role of the LEP has evolved considerably, as has their importance within local decision making. This will continue to be the case as the government seeks to deliver Local Industrial Strategies, with LEPs as a key delivery body across all English regions – especially in those without Mayoral Combined Authorities.
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