Thursday, 27 December 2012

LEP approval dates

After the first 24 the order of approval is:

New Anglia (13th December 2010)
Black Country (13th December)
Worcestershire (13th December)
North Eastern LEP (13th Jan 2011)
York, North Yorkshire and East Riding (10th Feb)
Enterprise M3 (10th Feb)
London (17th Feb)
Heart of the SW (31st March)
Lancashire (14th April)
Gloucestershire (18th May)
Humber (8th June)
Dorset (7th July)
Swindon and Wiltshire (21st July)
Northamptonshire (23rd September)

Shared LA Chief Execs

Here is a  list of shared LA chief Execs.  It is over a year old but might still be of interest, I assume some are out of date and there are probably more... but it is a start!

Charlie Adan is Chief Executive at both Babergh DC and Mid Suffolk DC.

David Buckle is Chief Executive at South Oxfordshire DC and Vale of White Horse DC.

David McIntosh is Chief Executive at Christchurch DC and East Dorset DC.

David Neudegg is Chief Executive at Cotswold DC and West Oxfordshire DC.

Joanna Killian is Chief Executive at Brentwood BC and Essex CC.

Kevin Dicks is Chief Executive at Bromsgrove DC and Acting Chief Executive at Redditch BC. I can't say if this arrangement is to be made permanent.

Mark Williams is Chief Executive at East Devon DC and South Somerset DC (I'm not sure if this is the same individual).

Nicola Bulbeck at Teignbridge BC and Torridge DC

There is a Paul Walker as Chief Executive at Copeland BC in Cumbria, and a Paul Walker as Chief Executive at Hartlepool BC in Cleveland, although those authorities are on opposite sides of the country, so I can't say if these councils are in co-operation at if it is the same Paul Walker.

Peter Latham is Chief Executive at Adur DC and Worthing BC.

Peter Simpson is Chief Executive at Hambleton DC and Richmondshire DC.

Richard Sheard is Chief Executive at South Hams DC and West Devon BC.

Sandy Hopkins is Chief Executive at East Hampshire DC and Havant BC.

Simon Baker is Chief Executive at High Peak BC and Staffordshire Moorlands DC.

Stephen Baker is Chief Executive at Suffolk Coastal DC and Waveney DC.

Sue Smith is Chief Executive at Cherwell DC and South Northamptonshire DC

Terry Huggins is Chief Executive at Breckland and South Holland DC.

West Lumley is Chief Executive at Bolsover DC and North East Derbyshire DC.

Saturday, 27 October 2012

Entrepreneurship in curriculum based education through regional networks 17th October

Background on the Finnish education system.


There is one year of voluntary pre-primary education followed by nine years basic education. Following this upper secondary education, comprising vocational and general education; and higher education, provided by universities and polytechnics. Adult education is available at all levels.


The welfare if Finnish society is built on education, culture and knowledge. All children are guaranteed opportunities for study and self development according to their abilities, irrespective of their place of residence, language or financial status. All education is free.


Keuda Vocational college


Keuda is a consortium owned by 7 municipalities. The population of the area is 200,000. There are 7000 students, 600 staff and a turnover of 56m Euro in 2012.


The colleges are given a bonus depending upon exam results. This bonus is passed on to staff as well as kept for the college itself.


The College also delivers entrepreneurship training to primary teachers, upper secondary and polytechnic to help them to train their students.

It takes about 3 years to complete a vocational course. There is a minimum 5 credits of entrepreneurship in every vocational qualification. A credit equals 40 hours so 5 credits =200 hours!

There is a model of five things to be taken into account with entrepreneurship education.

1) Social skills
2) Teamwork skills
3 )Have to take responsibility for setting your own targets
4 )Taking own power (teachers have to give it)
5 )Students need to take the responsibility

All students take part in 24 hour camps
Credits awarded for attending and for different roles e.g. manager role is associated with more credit. Here entrepreneurship is part of the curriculum.

A year as an entrepreneur course is optional for students and is equal to 10 credits. Here students have to run a business and do book keeping, taxes, accounts, insurance etc. A practical experience.

Tuesday, 16 October 2012

Entrepreneurship in curriculum-based education through regional networks 16th October

Today was the first day of the study visit: entrepreneurship education at primary, secondary and senior secondary school.
We were picked up at 8.30 from the hotel. There are 10 of us taking part from all over Europe. What a friendly and interesting bunch.

Bus trip to the primary school
To accompany us to the secondary school was a teacher and three 9th graders (aged 15). I learnt that some of the most popular hobbies for teenagers here include horse riding, kickboxing and LOTs of ice hockey. Saara (aged 15), I hope that is the correct spelling, was recording the events of the day and will be making a short film about the trip.
It was explained that the Finnish education system is very good. An explanation might be that the language is easy to read and write and that teachers are well educated (5 years at university to qualify). In return teachers are rewarded with a good salary and a 10 week summer holiday.

Primary School
Lukko school is in Lukko in a small village in Mantsala. At this school there are 31 pupils of grades 1-6 (aged 7-12) in two mixed classes. The students don't wear any kind of uniform. There is a very relaxed atmosphere and shoes are removed by all students and staff and all walk around in only socks. The school had a feeling of being a home from home. Older children look out for younger children. All lunches are cooked on site and free to all students. Free preschool is provided for a year at aged 6.

A parent of one of the children, a local business owner, he runs a farm, was teaching the children about his farm on the day of our visit. collaboration with parents, local entrepreneurs and the school seems innovative.

Riihenmaki Secondary School
Still no one wears shoes! Apparently known as a 'sock school'?!
This is a junior high school for 7th to 9th graders who are aged 13-15. The school is in Mantsala, in Southern Finland, about 60km north of Helsinki and build in 1998. About 350 students attend the school. Class sizes average 19. In addition to normal class rooms the school has a library, drama theatre, excellent home economics facilities (compulsory curriculum), as well as a computer dance game, a couple of table tennis tables and freely available cycle helmets to encourage students to use them.
This school offers entrepreneurship classes. Students have to apply and pass an entrance exam for this course. If accepted they will study for up to 5 hours a week for the school year.
Students are encouraged to learn by doing and experimenting and told that making mistakes is okay. Aims of the course include: attitude; commitment; co-operation, initiative, teamwork. Targets of the course from the point of view of entrepreneurship include: intrapreneurship (characterised by courage and employability); external entrepreneurship (laws, business planning, accounting etc); establishing and running a company; co-operative companies (realistic picture of entrepreneurship).
The course is linked to traditional subjects in these ways: Languages (in Finland business English and Swedish are compulsory, in addition students complete 'language dips' (e.g. basic Estonian, Italian, French, Russian, German, Spanish); Mother tongue (writing documents, job applications, job interviews, correspondence and expressing oneself - drama); Health education (you have to be healthy to work); Maths (percentages, stats); History and social science (history of Finnish industry, projects team work); Home economics (household economics, running a school cafe); Geography (economic geography, natural resources in different countries); Religion (the dialogue of religions, philosophy, "know yourself and listen to others")
Examples of projects from entrepreneurship class include: planning a golf tournament for young people, a tee-shirt enterprise, in chair exercise classes for older people, local cultural walks, when older people are vaccinated for flu the students set up a cafe in the local health centre, advertisement competition (students make adverts for local businesses and display them around the town, the town then vote for the best advert).
one other point of note. Students vacuum after break times as part of a rota as they are expected to clean up after themselves.

Senior Secondary School
Mantsala senior secondary school is only 5 years old and very modern. About 300 students attend the school although it is not at full capacity (350 students). In Finland there is a secondary system and a vocational system. The school is part of the secondary system. I observed that the students seem calm. The cafeteria wasn't at all a shouty environment (lunch is provided free to all students). After lunch all students cleaned up their trays without any fuss. All students coats, shoes and other belongings are left on freely hanging around the building. There is a lot of trust - presumably things don't go missing - this is refreshing!
There are a number of activities to encourage entrepreneurship:
a) practical training - one a year students organise a day shadowing a person whose job they think they might be interested in or they can work in an environment to give it a 'test drive'
b) 'a day for future plans' - businesses come into the school to present to help students make decisions on their future
c) occupational afternoon
d) study visits
e) visitors
f) practical training for teachers - (vallu project). This was funded by the government to enable 'teachers to go out to the real world of work' to help them advise students better. This is to rebalance the fact that vocational teachers often 'work' too.
g) cultural trip where students have to raise the money themselves and raise opportunities to raise the money to attend
h) La Geode - when studying natural science students visited companies within the sector to bring the subject to life
In addition each student has to be entrepreneurial due to the fact that each student has an individual study plan which includes a minimum of 75 courses. For most universities there is also an entrance exam. The school have offered an entrepreneurship course for the last couple of years but this hasn't been taken up by enough students to run it. This is explained as it is an extra course and not compulsory. Perhaps it should be part of the formal curriculum?

A few other points of note
Entrepreneurship: in the beginning you have friends, fools and family
Don't take a job, make a job.
Concept of laicite.

Evening programme
Dinner was provided in a fantastic venue by a lake and included an authentic Finnish sauna. What was most special about this venue is that is staffed by college students...more about this tomorrow...

Entrepreneurship in curriculum-based education through regional networks 15th October

On 15th October I travelled from Poole, England to Kerava, Finland to take part in a study visit to look at entrepreneurship in curriculum-based education through regional networks.

I have decided to blog about this to help disseminate what I have learnt. in addition this record will be helpful when I get to the end of the week to help me write a report!

I have a few observations from Monday:

Public transport

Public transport in Finland is reasonably priced. I particularly enjoyed the free WiFi on a train from Helsinki to Tikkurila. When I bought a ticket for this train journey the ticket included information on the next train, which platform it was leaving from, what time it was leaving and when I would arrive. All of this translated into a very pleasant journey.

Art on disused building

In the Finnair magazine I noticed an article on massive murals on uninhabited buildings. Here is a link to a few examples http://www.stick2target.com/crono this captured my interest. Perhaps an opportunity for colleges, councils and businesses to work together...

APPG Local Growth: what are your 'quick wins' for local growth?

What are your ideas for local growth ‘quick wins’ for Government?

The idea(s):

  • should be able to be carried out in a short time
  • with little expenditure
  • but which would greatly help businesses, LEPs, local authorities and partners to initiate projects or overcome obstacles to progress. 
Examples may include bureaucratic, regulatory, institutional and political barriers that need to be tackled in order for LEPs and others to make progress in their areas.

What are your ideas? The APPG Local Growth secretariat plan to release a short paper before the Autumn Statement and would like to hear your views.

When considering barriers to local growth there are four key questions to address:

  • What are you trying to achieve in your area to drive growth? This could be a specific project or a more general attempt to influence how things are being done.
  • What’s stopping you? This could be a regulation, a Government agency that you don’t feel is aligned with economic growth objectives, a need for better coordination or joining up of different funding streams, etc.
  • What could Government do, quickly and at minimal or no cost, to address the barrier?
  • What facts and evidence can you draw on to back up your idea?

If you would like to contribute contact Majeed Neky, APPG Local Growth Secretariat (mneky@westminister.gov.uk) with concise submissions by Friday 26th October.  There are no formal requirements on the format for submissions.

Tuesday, 9 October 2012

Top 10 most burdensome acts for SMEs – EC seeks your views

Complaints are often made about the amount of red tape created by European law. The

EC wants to cut red tape and believes it can. However, there is a definite lack of

concrete proposals to reduce this burden. With this in mind, the EC is calling upon

businesses across the EU: "Let us know what could be done better - we would like your

ideas for reducing red tape!" Business intermediaries, LEPs etc now’s your chance - the

consultation runs until 21 December   http://ec.europa.eu/enterprise/policies/sme/public-consultation-new/index_en.htm

Wednesday, 26 September 2012

Call for papers - Local Economy Special Issue: (Re)appraising place-based economic development strategies

Guest Editors: Lee Pugalis, Gill Bentley and John Shutt

The primary aim of this Special Issue of Local Economy is to (re)appraise contemporary place-based economic development strategies and changing institutional structures in response to the ongoing financial crisis. Papers for the In Perspectives section, which report current practice, should be around 3,000 words in length, and shorter Viewpoints provide space for commentaries on cutting-edge issues. Contributions from practitioners, policymakers and community activists are particularly encouraged. Further details are available at: http://www.uk.sagepub.com/repository/binaries/pdf/LEC_Special-Issue-cfp.pdf

Tuesday, 14 August 2012

Number of Applications to Coastal Communities Fund broken down by England regions

Number of Applications to Coastal Communities Fund broken down by England regions


Total Number of bids recieved by region

Total Value of bids recieved by region (£)

Total number of bids recieved by region that have gone through to the second round

Total value of bids recieved by region that have gone through to the second round (£)

Eastern England





East Midlands





North East





North West





South East





South West





Yorks/ Humber











Link to some successful projects http://www.communities.gov.uk/news/newsroom/2085781 

Thursday, 26 July 2012

Business, Innovation and Skills Committee - publications LEP and RGF

Commons Select Committee have published the evidence submitted on Local Enterprise Partnerships and Regional Growth Fund


It is an interesting read. I would like to draw your attention to the evidence submitted by Lee Pugalis, Gill Bentley, John Shutt and me:


Monday, 2 July 2012

APPG on Local Growth, Local Enterprise Partnerships and Enterprise Zones

I have been invited to give evidence on 10th July as part of the group's first inquiry into the effectiveness of Local Enterprise Partnerships and lessons learnt to date.

I have quite a lot to say about this but wondered if others have any suggestions? If there are any examples or issues please let me know. Feel free to email me directly or just add a comment.

Of course you may already be submitting written evidence to mneky@westminster.gov.uk by 1st August.

I am particuarily interested in your thoughts on Enterprise Zones how they can be more effective / whether there is scope for further deregulation?

Sunday, 17 June 2012

Economic Development Courses - Suggestions please?


I am thinking of signing up to this course http://economicdevelopmentlearning.com/ to achive a (Postgraduate Certificate, Diploma, and) MSc in Local and Regional Economic Development (LRED).  I have heard some good things about this this MSc course but I was wondering if others have an opinion or more generally if you could suggest some courses for more general career development.  All suggestions welcome!

It is essentially a postgraduate distance learning programme in Local and Regional Economic Development and is managed and delivered by the Economic Development Distance Learning Consortium and registered at the University of Dundee. The Consortium involves the three teaching universities (Dundee, Sheffield Hallam and Coventry University) as well as representatives from the IED / IED Education Trust. The programme is accredited by the IED too.

Thanks in advance for your suggestions!

Tuesday, 12 June 2012

Everything you need to know about each LEP

There is so much information about LEPs it is hard to know if you are looking at the most recent information.  Here I aim to have collected the best sources for each LEP.

If you have anything to add/amend please let me know via twitter @lornagibbons or

By way of introduction to LEPs I suggest you read this Commons Library Standard Note 
http://www.parliament.uk/briefing-papers/SN05651 and have a look at the DCLG business plan (s.3) on LEPs http://www.communities.gov.uk/documents/corporate/pdf/2154390.pdf. The LEP Network website is very useful http://www.lepnetwork.org.uk/ I would recommend signing up to their newsletters.

Over the next couple of months I would suggest these areas would be of interest:

a) City Deals for example the Core Cities by July with more to follow soon after eg
b) Devolving local major transport schemes 
http://www.dft.gov.uk/consultations/dft-2012-04 - Government response expected in July
c) LEPs and EU funding 2014-2020 following a BIS Informal consultation on the future delivery of EU Structural Funds, Rural Development Fund and Maritime and Fisheries Fund in England from 2014 to 2020 - this may include LEPs...

I'm also involved in a National LEP Cross-Country Research Project. More information here:

Current best practice would suggest LEPs may want to look towards these areas:

a) planning charter
b) business / regulator charter
c) encouraging apprenticeships
d) encouraging entrepreneurship in young people
e) delegated to LEPs or groups of LEPs major transport funding
f) working with central government to deliver some EU priorities 2014-2020 (matched centrally)
g) improved access to finance
h) where appropriate how LEPs can best work with the Military
i) HMRC to offer a programme of support via LEPs http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/bst/
LEP Area and
Contact info from BIS website
Background info and priorities 
Greater Birmingham and Solihull (with East Staffordshire, Lichfield and Tamworth)
Mark Barrow
0121 303 4915 
Website: http://centreofenterprise.com/ 
Twitter: @gbslep
Chair  Andy Street (MD John Lewis)

Board Minutes
Mr Hollis (Deputy Chair) dismissed suggestions the LEP would not have enough cash to bring about major changes – pointing to the potential £700 million it believes it can raise through borrowing money on the back of the proposed enterprise zone in Birmingham city centre.  Under the Government's plans, enterprise zones will be encouraged to develop Tax Increment Financing Schemes, which allow councils to borrow against future business rates revenues. More info on enterprise zone http://centreofenterprise.com/what-we-are-doing/place/

Read More

Working with
Local Better Regulation Office (LBRO) to transform the way local regulation is delivered across the LEP area http://tiny.cc/9w1c4 and http://centreofenterprise.com/what-we-are-doing/busines/

Has a planning charter

One of ten national 'pathfinders' with the aim of improving support for Mid-Sized Businesses (MSBs).
Black Country
Sarah Middleton
The Deckhouse
Waterfront West
Dudley Road
Brierley Hill

Tel: 08458 15 15 15
Fax: 01384 471177
Website http://t.co/4cJet9klhttp://the-blackcountry.com/default.asp?PageID=322&n=Bc+Lep
Twitter: @blackcountrylep
Board recognised: 28/1/2011, Chair: Stewart Towe CBE
Chair's Blog

Register for e-bulletins http://the-blackcountry.com/default.asp?PageID=347&n=E+Bulletins 
Business Friendly Planning: http://the-blackcountry.com/default.asp?PageID=325&n=Business+Friendly+Planning+Review 

I think this is also LEP related? Reinvestment Society
Buckinghamshire Thames Valley

Ms Philippa Batting
M. 01494 568950

General contacts

Sarah Fraser - sarah@buckstvlep.co.uk

Heather Dean - heather@buckstvlep.co.uk
Website: http://www.buckstvlep.co.uk/about-btv-lep.php

Twitter: @BVTLEP
Linkedin: http://www.linkedin.com/groups/Buckinghamshire-Thames-Valley-Local-Enterprise-4438361?gid=4438361&mostPopular=&trk=tyah

Chair: Alex Pratt

Board Minutes: http://www.buckstvlep.co.uk/board-minutes.php
Cheshire and Warrington
Cheshire and Warrington

Mr Aidan Manley

01606 734181


Website http://www.candwlep.co.uk

Board recognised: 24/3/2011, Chair: Christine Gaskell there are14 other Board Members

Business Plan was launched on 28th March 2012

A skilled and productive workforce
Business Investment
Infrastructure and connectivity
The Rural Economy
Promoting Cheshire and Warrington

Stakeholder Forums comprising a wide range of representatives from the private, public, voluntary and community sectors have been established to consider major policy initiatives.

The LEP has recently launched The Apprenticeship Promise to promote the business benefits of employing apprenticeships and to assist employers with the process.


Coast to Capital
Mr Ron Crank
01243 777170

website contact page
Website: http://www.coast2capital.org.uk/
Twitter: @coast2capital

Areas of focus:
sites and premesis
skills development
business support
planning and other local priorities
tackling climate change 
For business growth the top priorities are international trade and entrepreneurship
Cornwall and Isles of Scilly

Mel Richardson

01872 224733

Website: http://www.cornwallandislesofscillylep.com/
twitter (unconfirmed):  

Developing an Employment and Skills Board

Have an enterprise zone around Newquay airport
http://www.cornwallandislesofscillylep.com/projects/aerohub-enterprise-zone.html and http://newquaycornwallairport.com/aerohub

Draft Strategy published after 16 road shows.  Consultation on the draft has now ended.

Rumoured to be in conversations with central government about a 'city deal' for Cornwall.
Coventry and Warwickshire

c/o Jaguar Land Rover
53G/0/1 Banbury Road
Warwick CV35 0RR

Operations Director
Paula Deas
Telephone: 024 76 831061
Email: paula.deas@coventry.gov.uk

LEP Support Executive
Roger Dowthwaite
Telephone: 07768 688567
Email: roger.dowthwaite@cwlep.com
Website: http://www.cwlep.com/Default.aspx

Twitter: @CW_LEP

Power struggle was behind Coventry & Warwickshire LEP chairman's (Denys Shortt) resignation see article:  

Interesting access to finance website http://www.financeaccess.co.uk/

Four key sectors are:
Intelligent mobility
Advanced engineering
Low carbon vehicles
Digital technology

Friday 5th October 2012 for CWLEP annual conference
Suzanne Caldwell
01228 534120

Website: http://www.cumbrialep.co.uk/whatwedo.php

These expert groups are being established to support the LEP Board:

Sector Groups:
Nuclear and diversification
Specialist manufacturing
Low carbon and renewable energy
Visitor economy
Food and drink
Agriculture, land and seabased

Cross cutting:
Access to finance
Planning and housing
Derby Derbyshire Nottingham and Nottinghamshire
Matthew Wheatley, Co-ordinator
D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership
0115 9578757

Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber, 8 Experian Way, ng2 Business Park, Nottingham, NG2 1EP
Website: http://www.d2n2lep.org/Userfiles/Item%205.2(c)%20-%20D2N2%20Strategic%20Priorities%20and%20Areas%20of%20Economic%20Focus.pdf%20

Twitter: @D2N2LEP

Chairman Colin Walton
Telephone: 0115 8764340

Finance RGF £1.6m Molecular Profiles, Nottingham

Large complex LEP overlapping market areas
Bassetlaw, Bolsover, Chesterfield, NE Derbys also in Sheffield LEP
Strategic Priorities supporting enterprise:
Business Skills

Areas of economic focus:
Transport Equipment Manufacturing
Food & Drink Manufacturing
Visitor Economy

More info here
David Walsh
01305 224254

Adrian Trevett
01202 633032
Website: http://www.dorsetlep.co.uk/

Twitter: @DorsetLEP
Linkedin: http://www.linkedin.com/groups/Dorset-Local-Enterprise-Partnership-4165194?trk=myg_ugrp_ovr

Projects will be under the four themes of:
Enterprise M3
Kate Swaby
01962 846755

To contact the board:

Diane Hayward, Strategic and Economic Development Manager at Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council.  Email diane.hayward@basingstoke.gov.uk or call 01256 845384
Website: http://www.em3supportforbusiness.org.uk/http://www.enterprisem3.org.uk/

Twitter @enterprisem3

Geoff French, Chair (14 Board Members including voluntary sector and Armed Forces) There is also an implementation group.

8 further Districts in Surrey LIP area, with some in the Coast to Capital LEP
East Hants, Test Valley, Winchester also in Solent LEP
Covers 2 HCA operational areas

Enterprise M3 has six action groups which act as the delivery element of the partnership:
Finance, innovation and business support
Land and property
Inward Investment, Leisure, Tourism & Place Shaping

Rural Economy & Broadband

Skills and Employability

Business support website:
David Owen
01452 328300

Or lep@glosfirst.co.uk
Website: http://www.gloslep.co.uk/

Twitter: @gloslep and @gfirstuk and @gfirstceo
Linked in: http://www.linkedin.com/groups?home=&gid=3006256&trk=anet_ug_hm

Nine Sector Groups have been created for Creative Industries, Business and Professional Services, Construction, Engineering and Manufacturing, Environmental Technology, Logistics, Tourism, Retail and ICT. The LEP also has a Banking Group, with representatives from all of Gloucestershire's banks.

Is the retail pathfinder for Government.

Board meeting notes and actions http://www.gloslep.co.uk/lep-structure-and-board/actions-points-notes
Greater Cambridge and Greater Peterborough
Twitter: @YourLEP
Website: http://www.linkedin.com/groups?gid=3679740&trk=myg_ugrp_ovr


Interim Chair: Mark Reeve
Strategic areas of focus:
Skills and employment
Strategic economic vision, infrastructure, housing and planning
Economic development and support for high growth business
Funding, including EU funding, regional growth funding and private sector funding

The Norfolk and Suffolk LAs are also in New Anglia LEP.
Uttlesford also in Essex Kent E Sussex LEP
Covers 2 HCA operational areas
Greater Lincoln

Ruth Carver
01522 550515
Twitter: @greaterlincslep
Website: http://microsites.lincolnshire.gov.uk/GLLEP

Linkedin: http://www.linkedin.com/groups?gid=4162950&mostPopular=&trk=tyah

Priority sectors of manufacturing, agri-food, the visitor economy, renewables, port and logistics and care
Greater Manchester
Karen Tierney
0161 234 3278
Chairman, Mike Blackburn board recognised 4th May 2011
Twitter: @GMLEP

Website: http://www.agma.gov.uk/local-enterprise-partnership/index.html use the calendar on the right hand side to access board meeting papers

EZ – Airport City -

Significant history of working together and strategic approach e.g. Manchester Independent Economic Review (MIER) 2009
Heart of the South West
Liz Waugh
M. 07966 388921

Jeremy Filmer-Bennett
M. 07901 597302
Website: http://www.heartofswlep.co.uk/ (currently working on a new website)
Twitter: @heartofSWLEP

June 2012 newsletter: http://us4.campaign-archive2.com/?u=4e59660292bd6b4a5c7d7b8a7&id=ed706984ef

RGF £1.2 South Devon College energy centre
RGF £1m Plymouth University (with Western Daily News?)
Jo Morris
01707 358744

Website: http://www.hertfordshirelep.co.uk/

Chair John Gourd

North Herts also in Gter Cambs etc LEP
Humber LEP

Richard Kendall Contact details:


01482 485260
Website: http://www.humberlep.org/
Twitter: @HumberLEP

Linkedin: http://www.linkedin.com/groups/Humber-Local-Enterprise-Partnership-LEP-4099018?gid=4099018&trk=group-name

Priority focus: ports and logistics, renewable energy, chemicals.

Chair is Lord Haskins of Skidby, vice chair David Ross. Permanent Board was appointed in December after an open recruitment process.

East Riding also in York, N Yorks LEP NE Lincs also in Greater Lincs LEP
South East LEP
Mr Simon Neilson
01245 437025


Twitter: @southeastlep

Four Main enabling activities: http://southeastlep.com/about/objectives

Strategic Transport Infrastructure
Universal Super Fast Broadband
New Financial Instruments

latest update:
A big mixed LEP, but now one HCA operational area
Mr Martin Kelly
01772 536197


c/o Ian Fisher, Company Secretary
County Hall
Telephone: 01772 535655
Twitter (unconfirmed): @lancashireLEP
Website: http://www.lancashirelep.co.uk/

The Advanced Engineering and Manufacturing Enterprise Zone covers the two BAE Systems sites at Samlesbury and Warton
Leeds City Region
Mr Robert Norreys
0113 2474227

Website: http://www.leedscityregion.gov.uk/LEP.htm

LinkedIn: Leeds City Region LEP

Twitter: @LeedsCityRegion
LEP will focus on Unlocking the growth potential of business and enterprise and enabling a flexible skilled workforce

Useful FAQ http://www.leedscityregion.gov.uk/uploadedFiles/About_Us/Local_Enterprise_Partnership_(LEP)/LEP%20FAQs%20Feb%202011.pdf

The four Yorkshire LEPs are likely to work together on some areas

RGF £2m David Brown Gear Systems, Huddersfield
RGF £ Haribo Dunhills, Pontefract
RGF £18m Doncaster road
RGF £8.1m Wakefield HMR
RGF £ Deafinitions, Bradford
Leicester and Leicestershire

Contact is Sally Kowal

Website: http://www.llep.org.uk/
LinkedIn page 'LLEP'
Twitter - @LLEPnews

Also working with
Local Better Regulation Office (LBRO) to transform the way local regulation is delivered across the LEP area http://tiny.cc/9w1c4

Mandip Rai has also recently been appointed as Head of the LLEP and the Chairman is Andrew Bacon (Director at British Gas)

link for updates:
Liverpool City Region
12 Princes Parade
L3 1BG
Telephone: +44 (0) 151 227 2727
Email: info@liverpoolLEP.org

Sheena Ramsey
0151 443 3772

Website: Low Carbon Economy

Twitter: @TMPMOST
Has a membership scheme.

Priority sectors:

RGF £5m Pilkington, St Helens
RGF £? Ames Goldsmith, Knowsley based
RGF £1m? Liverpool Echo
RGF £9m Stobart/Prologis, Widnes

Liverpool will also have an elected mayor.
LondonJamie Izzard
020 7983 4420
Website: http://www.london.gov.uk/business-economy/working-partnership/lep

Twitter: @LondonLEP

Note this is an enterprise panel not an enterprise partnership

The purpose of the London Enterprise Panel is to advise the Mayor of London on action to:

  •  Provide strategic investment to support private sector growth and employment;
  • Promote enterprise and innovation and the acquisition of skills for sustained employment in London;
  • Protect and enhance London's competitiveness

    Papers May 2012: http://www.london.gov.uk/moderngov/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=245&MId=4491&Ver=4

    Croydon also in Coast to Capital LEP
The Marches Shropshire and Herefordshire
Jacqui Casey
01743 252525
Website: http://www.marcheslep.org.uk

Twitter: @marcheslep

Alternative contact Email :

Recently launched redundant building grant scheme http://www.marcheslep.org.uk/index.php/marcheslepnews/111-15-million-redundant-building-grant-scheme-open-for-business
New Anglia
 Mr Chris Starkie
01603 224483
Website: http://www.newanglia.co.uk/

Twitter: @NewAngliaLEP
LinkedIn http://www.linkedin.com/groups/New-Anglia-LEP-3764553?mostPopular=&gid=3764553

Priorities are: tourism, energy, business support and the green economy

Launched a website to help entrepreneurs and small businesses

Green Economy Pathfinder http://www.eadt.co.uk/business/suffolk_new_anglia_lep_to_unveil_green_economy_pathfinder_manifesto_1_1404051

Some LAs also in Greater Cambs LEP

Sajeeda Rose
01604 609 548

+44 (0)1604 609 393
Website: http://www.northamptonshireep.co.uk/
Twitter: @_northantsEP

Sign up for newsletter here: http://www.northamptonshireep.co.uk/keep-date

North Eastern
Mr Peter O'Brien
0191 548 5860
Board recruitment process completed
Chair Paul Walker

RGF £ Durham County Cricket Club
RGF £ Cumbrian Holdings, (Seaham)
RGF £1.79 Chirton Engineering for several cos, North Shields
RGF £ Turbo Power Systems, Gateshead
RGF £ DUCO, Walker, Newcastle
RGF £ Bridon International, Wallsend
RGF £ Connor Solutions, Tyne & Wear
RGF £ Proctor & Gamble Technical Centres, Newcastle?
RGF £ Nissan x3, Sunderland

Aims to deliver against these four strategic priorities:

Supporting Enterprise and Private Sector Business Growth
Building on Key Economic Strengths
Improving Skills and Performance
Strengthening Transport, Connectivity and Infrastructure

More information here http://www.northumberland.gov.uk/default.aspx?page=9452

I don't seem to be able to find a dedicated website or much info from 2012.
Oxford city regionEmail: lep@oxfordshire.gov.uk
Tel: 01865 815866
Twitter: @OxfordshireLEP
Website: Improving the skills of Oxfordshire's workforce and those about to enter it, to improve their employability
Chair Mark Shooter

Key Programmes

  • Getting the county connected to fast broadband access and improve mobile phone coverage
  • Maximising Oxfordshire's potential to Enabling infrastructure for growth and reducing barriers increase inward investment
  • Providing the local link for business support

Working with Berkshire LEP on Skills:
Sandra Higgs reported on visit to Berkshire LEP with Adrian Lockwood. Berkshire LEP have carried out some research on employability skills with employers and 1400 young people. They have drawn up a priority list of employability skills which Adrian Lockwood recommended to be replicated and used by OSB. Adrian requested comments on the efficacy of an Oxfordshire young people's survey. Simon Duffy requested any survey be a simple ranking list – action: sub group (SD, RK, RF) to investigate and report back. Sandra Higgs outlined the tools and activities currently available and under development from Berkshire and the plan for a dissemination event. Actions: Alison Hopkins will circulate the visit report. Sandra to provide a paper on recommendations for working with Berkshire LEP.
Website: http://www.sheffieldcityregion.org.uk/local-enterprise-partnership

Twitter: @sheffcityregion

Linkedin: http://www.linkedin.com/groups?gid=3256687&trk=group-name
Chair James Newman. His blog http://www.sheffieldcityregion.org.uk/2012/06/friday-8-june-2012/

Barnsley also in Leeds City Region
Bassetlaw, Bolsover, Chesterfield, NE Derbys also in Notts Derbys LEP
Some Northern HMA LAs may go to NE Y & H in due course
+44 (0) 2392 688 924

Solent LEP Office
Floor 2, Core 2
Civic Offices
Guildhall Square
Website http://www.solentlep.org.uk/

Twitter: @solentlep

Strategic Priorities:

Infrastructure priorities
Inward investment
Skills for growth
Strategic sectors

Enterprise zone website:
South East Midlands
Tel 01234 436100 Cranfield Innovation Centre
University Way
MK43 0BT 
Website http://www.southeastmidlands.org.uk/
Twitter: @southeastmidlan and @annlimb

SEMLEP aims to
attract new growth to the area
remove barriers to growth
deliver growth effectively and speedily
grow ourselves in a sustainable and cost effective way

Action plan: Plan for growth April 2012-March 2013 - Draft

Cherwell also in Oxon LEP Covers 2 HCA operational areas
Stoke and Staffordshire
Ms Jenny Greer
01785 277211

Website: http://www.stokestaffslep.org.uk/
Inward investment website:

Business helpline: 03001118002
Board minutes:

Southern Staffs includes Lichfield and Tamworth also in Birmingham LEP

- RGF £1.6m to Prince's Regeneration Trust for creative industries in Middleport Pottery in Burslem
- RGF £4m to Alstom in Stafford for research centre
Swindon and Wiltshire
Steve Richards
M. 07748 658230
Website: http://www.swlep.biz/
Tees Valley
Linda Edworthy

01642 527092
Website: http://www.teesvalleyunlimited.gov.uk/

Twitter: @TVU_LEP

Five key objectives for the next four years:
Develop infrastructure and place to enable economic development
Support sector development and enterprise
Develop the workforce within the Tees Valley
Promote the Tees Valley economy
Secure investment to meet our economic development needs

Priority actions: http://www.teesvalleyunlimited.gov.uk/media/59648/our_priority_actions.pdf

RGF £15m Cleveland Potash
RGF £1.65m SSI UK, (Corus)
RGF £1.65m Nifco UK, (Stockton?)
RGF £6.7m Lotte Chemical UK, Wilton
RGF £1.2m A V Dawson, Tees port
Thames Valley BerkshireDeborah Wharton
07881 842861

01628 796 020
Website: http://www.thamesvalleyberkshire.co.uk/
Twitter: @TVBLEP
Linkedin: http://www.linkedin.com/groups?gid=3881035&mostPopular=&trk=tyah

Event in House of Commons on 27th June - register via website

Really useful FAQ section of website: http://www.thamesvalleyberkshire.co.uk/frequently-asked-questions/
West of England
Mr Peter Jackson
01454 863400

Twitter: WofEnglandLEP
Business support website:
Gary Woodman
0845 1641 ext 2187
twitter @worcsLEP
chair Peter Pawsey

Priorities are to:
 • deliver the strategic employment sites and related infrastructure (services, highways access utilities etc) needed to secure sustainable economic growth and a low carbon economy.
• ensure we have the right support for business start up, business growth, business retention – focussing on meeting the needs of our strategic businesses, 'high growth' SMEs and the social enterprise sector.
• deliver the right infrastructure for business, including improved high speed broadband availability, improving access from the M5 to the Malvern Hills Science Park and QinetiQ, improving the by-pass leading to the Hereford and Bromyard roads to Herefordshire and creating better access for our strategic businesses and their supply chains in the north of the county to the motorway network through improvements to east-west links and the A449.
• Invest in the skills of our workforce ensuring that provision is responsive to business needs, and relevant to future growth and business opportunities.

Finance - RGF £17.5m Worcester Technology Park by Bosch Thermotechnology
York, North Yorkshire and East Riding James Farrar
0160 953 3598
Website: www.businessinspiredgrowth.com
Twitter: @bizinspiredgrow

Linkedin: http://www.linkedin.com/groups/York-North-Yorkshire-E-Riding-4217871?home=&gid=4217871&trk=anet_ug_hm
Chair: Barry Dodd OBE

East Riding also in Hull and Humber LEP