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.
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.
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.