CCCU works with key strategic bodies such as the South East Local Enterprise Partnership and the Kent and Medway Economic Partnership toward the shared goal of growing the local and regional economy.
South East Local Enterprise Partnership
The South East Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) is the business-led, public/private body established to drive economic growth across East Sussex, Essex, Kent, Medway, Southend and Thurrock.
Our 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 will inject almost half a billion pounds worth of Government investment into the area through its Growth Deal. The Deal will see at least £84.1 million invested in the SE LEP area in 2015-16, supporting the delivery of up to 35,000 jobs and 18,000 new homes and over £100 million in private investment over the period to 2021.
Kent & Medway Economic Partnership
The Kent and Medway Economic Partnership Board is chaired by the private sector and is made up of twenty one members, 17 business representatives, 14 local authority leaders and one representative from higher and further education. The board has sought to ensure that there is a balanced representation of businesses and local authorities, reflecting Kent and Medway’s geography and the diversity of its business base
The Kent and Medway Economic Partnership will be responsible for the delivery of the objectives set out in Kent and Medway’s Growth Plan ‘Unlocking the Potential: Going for Growth.’ The Growth Deal sets out the actions that businesses and local authorities in Kent and Medway, together with the South East LEP and central Government will take to drive forward delivery. It sets out the case for Local Growth Fund investment in Kent and Medway as part of an intelligent funding package, alongside the new European structural fund programme, existing Regional Growth Funds, developer contributions and local authority funds. The Growth Plan, as part of the Strategic Economic Plan, was submitted to the government at the end of March 2014.