About us

We are one of 38 Local Enterprise Partnerships across the country tasked by Government to accelerate economic growth.
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What we do

Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) is a business-led, multi-sector partnership focused on accelerating sustainable economic growth, job creation and raising workforce skills within the local area. Working with businesses, government, investors, education and not-for-profit organisations, the LEP puts people at the heart of growth.

Since its formation in 2011, the LEP has played a pivotal role in determining and addressing local economic priorities. Our dedicated team is focused on driving the local economy by boosting inward investment, key sector, clean and inclusive growth. It provides skills leadership, detailed economic intelligence, and a comprehensive package of support to Hertfordshire’s business community. 

Learn about Hertfordshire LEP's decade of delivery 2011 - 2021.

Our vision

Hertfordshire is home to thriving sectors of international importance including creative media, film and TV, life sciences and advanced manufacturing, with an economy delivering £41.57bn for UK plc annually.

Our vision is to accelerate business-led economic growth in Hertfordshire, and for Hertfordshire to become a world-leading economy.

We are delivering on our vision through our Strategic Economic Plan, which LEPs are responsible for producing for their area, and by identifying barriers and solutions to growth and working with local partners to improve their business environment.

View our Strategic Economic Plan 2017 - 2030


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. 

Learn about the role of our Board and sub-Boards.

Meet our Board.


Historically, LEPs have had responsibility for bidding for central government funding, channelling funding into key growth projects and ensuring that these deliver against locally agreed priorities, in addition to managing European funds allocated to LEP areas. 

Government now channels future funds such as Levelling Up and UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF) via local authorities. The LEP plays a pivotal role in helping districts/boroughs to deliver UKSPF priorities at scale and tailored to local need.

Learn more about our funding streams.

Explore our project pipeline.

How we add value

  • Strategic leader: the LEP Board sets the vision.
  • Partner: we create the networks for partnership working.
  • Advocate: we bring the voice of Hertfordshire business to Westminster.

Our priorities

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Our values

Driving collaboration

We build, facilitate and sustain trusting relationships with partners for the benefit of Hertfordshire’s community.

People focussed

We aspire to create an inclusive environment, which encourages the development of our people and businesses.  

Forward thinking

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

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