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Local Enterprise Partnerships

Local Enterprise Partnerships         

The Government has announced that the Regional Development Agencies (RDAs), will close at the end of March 2012. Economic development and regeneration will in future be led by Local Enterprise Partnerships and other successor bodies.

Local enterprise partnerships are locally-owned partnerships between local authorities and businesses andplay a central role in determining local economic priorities and undertaking activities to drive economic growth and the creation of local jobs. They are also a key vehicle in delivering Government objectives for economic growth and decentralisation, whilst also providing a means for local authorities to work together with business in order to quicken the economic recovery.

As local enterprise partnerships are based on more meaningful economic areas, they will be better placed to determine the needs of the local economy along with a greater ability to identify barriers to local economic growth.

On 28 October 2010, Government announced 24 partnerships that were ready to move forward and establish their local enterprise partnership boards.A further11 partnerships have been announced since October.The35 partnerships are:

Black Country

Cheshire and Warrington

Coast to Capital

Cornwall and Isles of Scilly

Coventry and Warwickshire


Enterprise M3 (North Hampshire/West Surrey)


Greater Birmingham and Solihull                                    

Greater Cambridgeshire and Greater Peterborough

Greater Manchester

Heart of the South West



Kent and Greater Essex and East Sussex


Leeds City Region

Leicester and Leicestershire


Liverpool City Region


The Marches- Shropshire and Herefordshire

New Anglia

North Eastern

Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, Derby, Derbyshire

Oxford City Region

Sheffield City Region


South East Midlands

Stoke and Staffordshire

Tees Valley

Thames Valley Berkshire

West of England


York and North Yorkshire

Local enterprise partnership contacts