County Council Leader gives thanks to Hampshire’s Local Enterprise Partnerships

Responding to today’s announcement by central Government that the core functions of Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) will transfer to Local Authorities, Leader of Hampshire County Council, Councillor Rob Humby has thanked the county’s two LEPs, the Enterprise M3 LEP and Solent LEP, for the valuable role they have played in helping to drive investment, economic growth and bring businesses, education, and local authorities together over the past decade

Aug 4 2023

Nationally, LEPs are non-statutory, business-led partnership bodies that are responsible for local economic development in England. They bring together the private sector, local authorities, and academic and voluntary institutions to help boost the local economy and drive growth.
Earlier this year, Government announced that it was ‘minded’ to end funding to LEPs from April 2024, and for their functions to be delivered by local government in future. 
Commenting today (4 August) following Government’s confirmation that Local Authorities will take on these functions from April 2024, Councillor Humby said: “LEPs have served us exceptionally well in recent times, and we are proud of the role all partners have collectively played in working together to deliver economic development, infrastructure, and major programmes across our region in recent years.
“We welcome the trust that Government has placed in local government and upper tier councils, like Hampshire County Council, to drive and deliver economic development at scale across our wider county area. 
“Now we have the clarity from Government, we are committed to working with all partners to develop next steps and a transition plan leading up to April 2024, recognising the importance of a strong and successful economy for our wider region and the residents and communities who live, work, play and do business in Hampshire.”