Local Enterprise Partnerships

  • More delays to levelling up White Paper could hinder outcomes

    10 January 2022

    Jack Shaw says further delays to the the levelling up White Paper will make the decisions the Government will need to take even more difficult - and politically time is not on its side.


  • Time for a change (again)?

    01 December 2021

    Levelling up secretary Michael Gove’s hints that local enterprise partnerships are ‘under review’ reminds Michael Burton of how governments cannot resist the temptation to reorganise


  • CCN conference: LEPs look set to be scrapped

    22 November 2021

    Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) look set to be scrapped after levelling up secretary Michael Gove indicated his preference for a more accountable system to the County Councils’ Network conference today.


  • Government withholds core funding from LEPs

    07 September 2021

    The Government is withholding the full year of core funding from local enterprise partnerships (LEP) as it strongly signals the organisations are facing major change.


  • Jenrick to reduce competitive bidding

    06 July 2021

    The communities secretary has pledged to reduce the number of funds councils have to compete for as part of plans to consolidate the sector’s funding.


  • LEP Network: Councils should have greater role in review

    21 June 2021

    Councils should have a greater role in the Government’s ongoing review of local enterprise partnerships (LEPs), a key figure has said.


  • LEP Network: Don't muck around with boundaries

    01 June 2021

    The chair of the organisation representing local enterprise partnerships (LEPs) has warned the Government ‘not to muck around’ with the areas they represent.


  • Devolution call in business leaders' blueprint

    28 April 2021

    Top business leaders have issued a blueprint for recovery that includes more devolved powers for metro mayors, unitaries and counties, and rebranded local enterprise partnerships (LEPs).


  • LEPs consider futures amid review

    26 April 2021

    Local enterprise partnerships (LEPs) are considering their futures after ministers and officials signed off the terms of reference of a widescale government-led review.


  • LEPs: delivering on jobs and diversity

    30 March 2021

    Local enterprise partnerships have worked across boundaries and borders to help create or preserve almost 18,000 jobs, and as Stacey King explains, they have also made great strides on diversity.


  • LEPs sidelined ahead of review

    10 March 2021

    Local enterprise partnerships (LEP) have been side-lined from two crucial funds ahead of a review of the future of the organisations.


  • Levelling Up Fund to feature rapid bid process

    23 February 2021

    The £4bn cross-departmental Levelling Up Fund will feature a rapid bid process, with all projects having to be completed before the next General Election, The MJ understands.


  • How Enterprise Ireland is supporting UK innovation

    23 November 2020

    Ireland’s innovation agency, Enterprise Ireland, is a trusted strategic partner for UK councils, writes its Manchester based Local Authorities Lead Laura Brocklebank.


  • LEPs promise £100bn return on investment

    08 October 2020

    Local enterprise partnerships (LEP) can secure a return on investment of £100bn in additional economic benefit, the Government has been told.


  • Frustration bubbles over wait for Brexit bonanza

    15 September 2020

    The Government runs the risk of ‘levelling up everywhere at rock bottom’ as uncertainty continues to reign over funding for the regions months after Brexit.


  • LEPs need capacity boost to improve delivery, research finds

    07 September 2020

    Local enterprise partnerships (LEP) would be better at delivering large-scale capital projects if they had more capacity, independent research for the Government has found.


  • Government reaffirms support for LEPs

    10 August 2020

    The Government has reaffirmed its support for local enterprise partnerships (LEPs) ahead of this autumn’s local recovery and devolution White Paper.


  • LEP Network comes out fighting ahead of White Paper

    28 July 2020

    The chair of the network that supports local enterprise partnerships (LEP) has come out fighting amid fears the future of the organisations could be at risk.


  • Jenrick appeal for shovel-ready schemes

    15 June 2020

    Communities secretary Robert Jenrick has urged local areas to submit ideas for ‘shovel-ready’ schemes that could be boosted by government funding.


  • Call for growth deal to cover funding gap

    16 March 2020

    A £3bn growth deal is needed to avoid a gap in the delivery of capital projects while the UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF) is introduced, the organisation representing local enterprise partnerships (LEP) has said.