South East Local Enterprise Partnership


The South East LEP is now inviting applications to its Local Growth Fund (LGF). Capital-only grants of between £250k and £8m are available – Expressions of Interest are to be submitted by 20th August 2018. Click on the LGF page for more information.

Businesses, local government and other key organisations from East Sussex, Essex, Kent, Medway, Southend and Thurrock are all part of the South East Local Enterprise Partnership (SELEP).

The partnership’s main objective is to help businesses grow and to create new jobs. Business drives the partnership, working with local government and the other key partners. SELEP focuses on actions that are more effectivly delivered through the partnership rather than the individual LEP partner areas.

More details on the South East LEP’s current priorities and strategies, including the Growth Deal, the Strategic Economic Plan and the European Structural & Investment Fund Strategy (ESIF), can be found on the SELEP website. You can also view all of the papers for upcoming (and past) Strategic Board and Accountability Board meetings.

Team East Sussex

SELEP’s local federated board for East Sussex, ‘Team East Sussex’ (TES), is responsible for local indicative budgets, project prioritising and monitoring, and representing East Sussex at the full SELEP Board.

Team East Sussex is currently is looking for additional business representatives to help drive forward its economic growth agenda.

If you’re a business leader in East Sussex interested in becoming a business member of the TES Board you can find more information and an application form on the New TES Business Members page. The closing date for new TES business member applications is 5pm Friday 17th August 2018.

Skills East Sussex

Skills East Sussex (SES) is the county’s strategic body for employment and skills. The group aims to drive an improvement in local employment and skills in order to increase economic prosperity in East Sussex. Using a firm evidence base it agrees and sets priorities, and provides direction for the county’s approach to employment and skills. For more information please see the Skills East Sussex web page.

Developers East Sussex

A subgroup of Team East Sussex, Developers East Sussex (DES) is a group of organisations actively involved with the delivery of quality sustainable development in East Sussex. DES aims to represent all developers in East Sussex – commercial and residential, large and small, private companies, housing associations, public bodies and owners, planners, construction companies, etc.

DES is committed to making a difference in the East Sussex growth agenda to bring about deliverable, high quality and sustainable development, a functional property market and growth in jobs and housing.

South East Creative Economy Network

The South East Creative Economy Network (SECEN) works to accelerate growth in the digital, creative and cultural sector. A sub-group of the South East LEP, it is a working partnership between local authorities, creative businesses and education bodies across the SELEP area.