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Local enterprise partnerships (LEPs)

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Learn more about engaging with local enterprise partnerships (LEPs) and their importance for securing EU funding.

What are local enterprise partnerships?

Local enterprise partnerships (LEPs) are business led, local partnerships which have a remit to encourage the promotion of business, greater and more sustainable employment and economic growth in their area. The first LEPs were established in April 2011, and as their role has developed, it has become increasingly important that voluntary and community sector organisations are able to engage with them in relation to European funding.

Good relationships rely on both parties understanding each other: explaining the value of the sector is much easier if you can put yourself in the LEP’s shoes. LEPs are non-statutory bodies, and so there is a wide variation in what they look like and how they work in practice. It is therefore important to do your research first so you know how to build sustainable relationships.

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