| 05 May 2020
What is a Local Enterprise Partnership or LEP?
Written by Support for Business
Local Enterprise Partnerships and LEPs
A number of people. and businesses have never heard of a Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP as it is commonly referred to) or even what purpose they might serve, so let's give you a quick overview to help you understand better and also a tool to let you find out what LEP area you are in.
A Local Enterprise Parntership is a partnership between Local Authorities and local businesses, originally put in place to replace the old Regional Development Agency model.
Local Enterprise Partnerships play a central role in shaping local economic priorities and undertaking activities to drive economic growth and job creation, improve infrastructure and raise workforce skills within the local area.
There are 38 Local Enterprise Partnerships across England, each serving a different geography, which in some cases is not a recongisable boundary and some areas have overlaps. The Government has sought to resolve these overlaps in 2020 to help businesses and Local Enterprise Partnerships know what local strategy to work towards.
We've created an easy to use postcode tool, so you can see what Local enterprise Partnership area you fall into. Simply pop in your postcode and it will return what area you are in, you might be suprised by the result!
A map of the Local Enterprise Partnership areas
Below you will find a map and list of each of the Local Enterprise Partnership areas across England. If you want to find out about business support in your area you can check our fund finder or visit your local Growth Hub.
List of Local Enterprise Partnership areas
- Black Country
- Cambridgeshire & Peterborough
- Cheshire & Warrington
- Coast to Capital
- Cornwall and Isles of Scilly
- Coventry and Warwickshire
- Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire
- Enterprise M3
- Greater Birmingham & Solihull
- Greater Lincolnshire
- Greater Manchester
- Heart of the South West
- Leeds City Region
- Leicester & Leicestershire
- Liverpool City Region
- New Anglia
- North East
- Sheffield City Region
- South East
- South East Midlands
- Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire
- Swindon and Wiltshire
- Tees Valley
- Thames Valley Berkshire
- The Marches
- West of England
- York, North Yorkshire and East Riding