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About Local Enterprise Partnerships

Local Enterprise Partnerships are partnerships between local government and businesses. Their main role is to determine the economic priorities which will drive business growth and create jobs in their local areas.

There are 38 Local Enterprise Partnerships covering every part of England and they are therefore very different.

Local business leaders, elected officials and academics come together on the boards of Local Enterprise Partnerships, and their exact make up varies according to the strengths of the local business sector. The Humber Local Enterprise Partnership focuses on growing off-shore energy resources while the Thames Valley Berkshire Local Enterprise Partnership promotes the area’s significant information technology expertise, for example.

Local Enterprise Partnerships are responsible for managing the 45 Enterprise Zones which were established in 2011.

They are also able to access the £730 million Growing Places Fund to help develop local economies. This Government funding is available for projects which improve local infrastructure such as road access improvements and building commercial premises.

Use the sector search to identify which of the Local Enterprise Partnerships can help you to develop your business, or select a specific Local Enterprise Partnership from the list below.