South East Local Enterprise Partnership

The South East Local Enterprise Partnership (SELEP) is a genuine partnership for growth between business, government and education. We put the role of enterprise – as the driving motor of the economy – at the heart of everything we do; and we work in partnership with central government and its key agencies to pursue and attract major investment into the South East to deliver significant economic growth.

We represent the largest LEP area in England outside London, in terms of population and economic output, and cover an area encompassing the local authority areas of East Sussex, Essex, Kent, Medway, Southend and Thurrock.

The government is working with LEPs and Combined Authorities to help establish Local Digital Skills Partnerships (Local DSPs) across the country to tackle local digital skills challenges and build thriving and inclusive local economies. The South East Digital Skills Partnership brings together businesses with education, public sector organisations and the charitable sector with the aim of creating a world leading digital economy that ensures the need for these vital skills is met across the South East.

As part of SELEP’s focus to support businesses and skills in 2021, the LEP will be making available £4.4m for new COVID-19 Recovery Funds, namely the £2.4m COVID-19 Business Support Fund and the £2m Skills COVID-19 Recovery Fund. These will focus on support for businesses recovering from the impacts of the pandemic at a time of unprecedented challenge, and support investment in skills in response to the employment crisis experienced in 2020 as a result of COVID-19.

Our Growth Hubs have been offering frontline support to South East businesses throughout the pandemic, providing advice on finance and funding options, as well as programmes and schemes that businesses can benefit from. They are also providing businesses with local advice to help them deal with the changes that came into force on the 1 January 2021.

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