The South East LEP is one of 39 partnerships set up by the government to be the key body determining strategic economic priorities while making investments and delivering activities to drive growth and create local jobs.
As well as being the biggest LEP outside of London, SE LEP is also one of the most local. The LEP operates a fully devolved model with increased reach into local communities through local delivery partnerships in East Sussex, Kent & Medway, Essex and Thames Gateway South Essex.
Stretching along the coast from Harwich to Peacehaven, the market towns, small cities, coastal communities, and villages of the South East LEP area offer an exceptionally diverse choice of places to live and work. With nine ports, high speed rail links, and national and regional airport capacity, we are the most significant economic gateway and strategic route between mainland Europe, London, the rest of the country with access to global destinations. The South East LEP is also home to eight major universities with internationally renowned research and teaching strengths.