Background to the formation of Local Enterprise Partnerships

Why were Local Enterprise Partnerships put in place?

LEPs were formed following the Local Growth White Paper which was issued in October 2010. This white paper led to government inviting local authorities and businesses to form Local Enterprise Partnerships, with the first one being established in April 2011.

In England, there are thirty-eight LEPs actively championed by the Departments for Communities & Local Government (DCLG) and Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

Find out more about LEPs on the LEP Network website.

Our history

In 2012, we commissioned Lord Andrew Adonis, together with a team of major influential figures, to recommend future pathways for the North East economy, focussing on growth and productivity.

The result was the North East Independent Economic Review, which provided us with a detailed, independent, evidence base of information that went on to inform all aspects of our Strategic Economic Plan.

Read the North East Independent Economic Review and the Evidence Base.

The Strategic Economic Plan

Our original Strategic Economic Plan was issued in 2014. We refreshed it in 2016, launching an updated version in 2017. The goal of the refresh was to confirm the progress so far, check the evidence base and assess our targets.  You can review the refreshed plan here.


Where can I find out more about other LEPs?

Our projects

We’re funding many key projects with partners to assist in delivering the Strategic Economic Plan.


View all our live projects in the North East here