About the Local Enterprise Partnership and Combined Authority

Published 1st May 2012 at 9:12am

The Sheffield City Region Local Enterprise Partnership is a collaboration between the public and private sectors to ensure the growth of a rebalanced local economy and to contribute significantly to the renewal of the national economy as a whole.

The Local Enterprise Partnership is led by the private sector and brings together the eight local authorities of Barnsley, Bassetlaw, Bolsover, Chesterfield, Doncaster, North East Derbyshire, Rotherham and Sheffield.

Background to the Local Enterprise Partnership

In June 2010, Eric Pickles, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, and Vince Cable, Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, wrote to local authority leaders and business leaders inviting them to join together to form Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs).

These partnerships are intended to provide the strategic leadership needed to set out local economic priorities, and better reflect the natural economic geography of the areas they serve.
Partnerships of local authorities and businesses were invited to form LEPs and submit outline proposals to Government by September 2010.

LEPs are invited to bid for funds through the Regional Growth Fund – a three-year £1.4 billion fund for the whole of England.

Grants are to be spent on initiatives which encourage private sector enterprise and capacity, particularly in areas currently dependent on the public sector and facing severe effects of its contraction.

Developing the proposal for a Sheffield City Region LEP

Members of the Sheffield City Region Forum met in July 2010 and announced their intention to form a Local Enterprise Partnership, to include representatives from local authorities and local business leaders.

All City Region local authorities indicated that they wish to be involved either as a ‘core’ member or as an ‘associate’ member.

In July 2010 the Master Cutler chaired a meeting of over eighty business leaders from the City Region.  All business leader attendees confirmed that they were happy to participate in a LEP for the City Region.

A LEP Working Group consisting of local business leaders was established and worked alongside local authority Chief Executives over the summer to develop the proposal to submit to Government by the September 2010 deadline.  Businesses and local authorities were invited to submit ideas to support this process.

A second meeting of the full business leaders group was held in August 2010, together with a separate full meeting of SCR Leaders/Mayor and Chief Executives, to discuss the draft proposal prepared by the Working Group.

A joint meeting of local authority Leaders and business Leaders to sign-off the final Sheffield City Region LEP proposal was held on in September 2010.

The proposal outlined how the LEP will provide the framework for working with Government to regenerate and grow the local economy through collboration between the private and public sectors by attracting investment, building its business and employment base, targeting identified business sectors and promoting spatial development in housing and transport.

Approval for a Sheffield City Region LEP

In October 2010 , the Sheffield City Region Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) was one of 24 LEPs to receive approval in the Government’s White Paper Local Growth: Realising Every Place’s Potential.

The Sheffield City Region Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) proposal was submitted to Government on 3 September 2010 and is available for download here.

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For more information about LEPs – or to download the White Paper – visit the BIS website.