About us

We are one of 38 Local Enterprise Partnerships across the country tasked by Government to accelerate economic growth.
The LEP Network

What we do

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.

Learn about Hertfordshire LEP's decade of delivery.

Our vision

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.

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.


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.

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.
  • Investor: we secure significant investment.
  • 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