Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) are private sector led public/private partnerships, tasked to provide the vision and strategic leadership needed to drive private sector growth and job creation in their sub-regional areas. The 39 LEPs approved by government cover nearly the whole of England; the exception being a single local authority (see figure 1). LEPs are widely considered to be the chief vehicle for the delivery of national level initiatives but within a context of localism. They have been set a considerable challenge – uniting business, public and community interests in a way that enables the economic regeneration and growth of local places. LEPs are now viewed as the only show in town, especially since the Regional Development Agencies (RDAs) were abolished in March 2012. Since their inception from 2010 onwards, most LEPs have populated their boards, agreed priorities and produced business plans. A key question arises: are LEPs equipped for the task?
|Publication status||Published - 1 Sep 2012|