First formed in 2011, LEPs are partnerships between local authorities and businesses and play a central role in determining local economic priorities and undertaking activities to drive growth and the creation of local jobs. We bring together key stakeholders to boost local economic growth and job creation.
LEPs are responsible for producing a Strategic Economic Plan for their area, identifying barriers and solutions to growth and working with local partners to improve their business environment. Our vision is to accelerate business-led economic growth in Hertfordshire, and for Hertfordshire to become a world-leading economy.
LEPs are non-statutory bodies. This means they can look and operate very differently from each other in terms of size, capacity and governance. All LEPs must be chaired by a business person and at least half of the members must come from the private sector.
LEPs have responsibility for bidding for central government funding, channelling funding into key growth projects and ensuring that these deliver against the locally agreed priorities. Funding from Europe brings further resources to LEP areas. Local organisations from all sectors are able to bid for LEP funding.
How we add value
We build, facilitate and sustain trusting relationships with partners for the benefit of Hertfordshire’s community.
We aspire to create an inclusive environment, which encourages the development of our people and businesses.
We proactively lead change through continuous learning and innovative thinking, seeking out opportunities for the benefit and development of Hertfordshire.
Integrity and accountability
We act with integrity and lead by example by being clear and transparent in all that we do.
Catalyst South is a strategic alliance of six Local Enterprise Partnerships (including Hertfordshire LEP), with a focus on championing an economic and business voice, promoting collaboration across boundaries and supporting issues of common importance to business, to stimulate growth and recovery.
Our ambition is to unlock the South’s economic power to supercharge the UK’s recovery and growth.Learn more about Catalyst South