Local enterprise partnership

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In England, local enterprise partnerships (LEPs) are voluntary partnerships between local authorities and businesses set up in 2011 by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills to help determine local economic priorities and lead economic growth and job creation within the local area. They carry out some of the functions previously carried out by the regional development agencies which were abolished in March 2012. To date there are 39 local enterprise partnerships in operation.[1]


The abolition of regional development agencies and the creation of local enterprise partnerships were announced as part of the June 2010 United Kingdom budget.[2] On 29 June 2010 a letter was sent from the Department for Communities and Local Government and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills to local authority and business leaders, inviting proposals to replace regional development agencies in their areas by 6 September 2010.[3] On 7 September 2010, details were released of 56 proposals for local enterprise partnerships that had been received.[4] On 6 October 2010, during the Conservative Party Conference, it was revealed that 22 had been given the provisional 'green light' to proceed and others might later be accepted with amendments.[5] 24 bids were announced as successful on 28 October 2010.[6][7]

LEPs were set up on a volunteer basis without any public funding and struggled to make progress. A report by Michael Heseltine in October 2012, No Stone Unturned, was largely accepted by Government, and proposed delegating funds from central government to LEPs, including:

  • a share of a £1,400m Local Growth Fund to generate growth, allocated through competitive bidding;
  • getting LEPs to draw up plans for local growth as the basis for negotiation on the money in the Fund
  • realigning the management of the EU Structural and Investment Funds in England to follow the plans made by LEPs.

City deals

The LEP areas of Greater Birmingham and Solihull, Greater Manchester, Leeds City Region, North Eastern, Sheffield City Region, and West of England were included in the first wave of 'city deals' in 2012.[8]

List of LEPs

Local enterprise partnership areas are allowed to overlap so a local authority is permitted to be part of more than one local enterprise partnership.[note 1][9] To date there are 39 local enterprise partnerships in operation:

Local enterprise partnership Local authority areas
Black Country West Midlands (part): Dudley, Sandwell, Walsall, Wolverhampton
Buckinghamshire Thames Valley[note 2] Buckinghamshire (all)
Cheshire and Warrington Cheshire East (unitary)
Cheshire West and Chester (unitary)
Warrington (unitary)
Coast to Capital[note 2] Brighton and Hove (unitary)
East Sussex: Lewes
Greater London (part): Croydon
Surrey (part): Epsom and Ewell, Mole Valley, Reigate and Banstead, Tandridge
West Sussex (all)
Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Cornwall (unitary)
Isles of Scilly (unitary)
Coventry and Warwickshire Warwickshire (all)
West Midlands (part): Coventry
Cumbria Cumbria (all)
"D2N2" (Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire)[note 2] Derby (unitary)
Derbyshire (all)
Nottingham (unitary)
Nottinghamshire (all)
Dorset Bournemouth (unitary)
Dorset (all)
Poole (unitary)
Enterprise M3[note 2] Hampshire (part): Basingstoke and Deane, East Hampshire, Hart, New Forest, Rushmoor, Test Valley, Winchester
Surrey (part): Elmbridge, Guildford, Runnymede, Spelthorne, Surrey Heath, Waverley, Woking
Gloucestershire Gloucestershire (all)
Greater Birmingham and Solihull[note 2] Staffordshire (part): Cannock Chase, East Staffordshire, Lichfield, Tamworth
West Midlands (part): Birmingham, Solihull
Worcestershire (part): Bromsgrove, Redditch, Wyre Forest
Greater Cambridge and Greater Peterborough[note 2] Cambridgeshire (all)
Essex (part): Uttlesford
Hertfordshire (part): North Hertfordshire
Norfolk (part): King's Lynn and West Norfolk
Suffolk (part): Forest Heath, St Edmundsbury
Peterborough (unitary)
Rutland (unitary)
Greater Lincolnshire[note 2] Lincolnshire (all)
North Lincolnshire (unitary)
North East Lincolnshire (unitary)
Greater Manchester Greater Manchester (all)
Heart of the South West Devon (all)
Somerset (all)
Hertfordshire[note 2] Hertfordshire (all)
Humber[note 2] East Riding of Yorkshire (unitary)
Kingston upon Hull (unitary)
North East Lincolnshire (unitary)
North Lincolnshire (unitary)
Lancashire Lancashire (all)
Blackburn with Darwen (unitary)
Blackpool (unitary)
Leeds City Region[note 2] South Yorkshire (part): Barnsley
North Yorkshire (part): Craven, Harrogate, Selby
West Yorkshire (all)
York (unitary)
Leicester and Leicestershire Leicester (unitary)
Leicestershire (all)
Liverpool City Region Halton (unitary)
Merseyside (all)
London Enterprise Panel[note 2][note 3][10] Greater London (all)
New Anglia[note 2] Norfolk (all)
Suffolk (all)
North Eastern County Durham (unitary)
Northumberland (unitary)
Tyne and Wear (all)
Northamptonshire[note 2] Northamptonshire (all)
Oxfordshire[note 2] Oxfordshire (all)
Sheffield City Region[note 2] Derbyshire (part): Bolsover, Chesterfield, North East Derbyshire
Nottinghamshire (part): Bassetlaw
South Yorkshire (all)
Solent[note 2] Hampshire (part): East Hampshire, Eastleigh, Fareham, Gosport, Havant, New Forest, Test Valley, Winchester
Isle of Wight (unitary)
Portsmouth (unitary)
Southampton (unitary)
South East[note 2] East Sussex (all)
Essex (all)
Kent (all)
Medway (unitary)
Southend-on-Sea (unitary)
Thurrock (unitary)
South East Midlands[note 2] Bedford (unitary)
Buckinghamshire (part): Aylesbury Vale
Central Bedfordshire (unitary)
Luton (unitary)
Milton Keynes (unitary)
Northamptonshire (part): Corby, Daventry, Kettering, Northampton, South Northamptonshire
Oxfordshire (part): Cherwell
Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire[note 2] Staffordshire (all)
Stoke-on-Trent (unitary)
Swindon and Wiltshire Swindon (unitary)
Wiltshire (unitary)
Tees Valley Darlington (unitary)
Hartlepool (unitary)
Middlesbrough (unitary)
Redcar and Cleveland (unitary)
Stockton-on-Tees (unitary)
Thames Valley Berkshire Bracknell Forest (unitary)
Reading (unitary)
Slough (unitary)
West Berkshire (unitary)
Windsor and Maidenhead (unitary)
Wokingham (unitary)
The Marches Herefordshire (unitary)
Shropshire (unitary)
Telford and Wrekin (unitary)
West of England Bath and North East Somerset (unitary)
Bristol (unitary)
North Somerset (unitary)
South Gloucestershire (unitary)
Worcestershire[note 2] Worcestershire (all)
York, North Yorkshire and East Riding[note 2] North Yorkshire (all)
York (unitary)
East Riding of Yorkshire (unitary)

See also


  1. The local authority areas in two LEPs are Aylesbury Vale, Barnsley, Bassetlaw, Bolsover, Bromsgrove, Cannock Chase, Cherwell, Chesterfield Corby, Craven, Croydon, Daventry, East Hampshire, East Riding of Yorkshire, East Staffordshire, Forest Heath, Harrogate, Kettering, King's Lynn and West Norfolk, Lewes, Lichfield, New Forest, North East Derbyshire, North East Lincolnshire, North Hertfordshire, North Lincolnshire, Northampton, Redditch, Selby, South Northamptonshire, St Edmundsbury, Tamworth, Test Valley, Uttlesford, Winchester, Wyre Forest, and York
  2. 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 2.11 2.12 2.13 2.14 2.15 2.16 2.17 2.18 2.19 2.20 Overlaps with other LEPs
  3. Advisory role only; economic functions are the responsibility of the Mayor of London


  1. http://www.bis.gov.uk/policies/economic-development/leps
  2. Mark Hoban (22 June 2010). Budget 2010 (PDF). HM Treasury. Retrieved 7 October 2010.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "Local enterprise partnerships". Department of Communities and Local Government. 29 June 2010. Retrieved 7 October 2010.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (7 September 2010). "New Local Enterprise Partnerships criss-cross the country". News Distribution Service. Retrieved 7 October 2010.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. Allister Hayman (6 October 2010). "LEPs: 22 bald men fighting over a comb?". Local Government Chronicle. Retrieved 7 October 2010.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. "Live blog: Sub-national economic growth white paper". 28 October 2010. Retrieved 28 October 2010.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. Allister Hayman (7 September 2010). "The geography of LEPs: final list". Local Government Chronicle. Retrieved 7 October 2010.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/cities-economic-power-unlocked-in-radical-power-shift
  9. Colin Marrs (27 August 2010). "Array of LEP proposals emerge in Yorkshire". Regen.net. Retrieved 7 October 2010.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  10. http://www.london.gov.uk/business-economy/working-partnership/lep

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