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Local Industrial Strategies & LEPs – Councillors’ guide

SEEC has published a short South East guide and checklist to support councillor engagement with LEPs in shaping new Local Industrial Strategies (LIS) – available here. Commissioned from consultants Shared Intelligence, the guide builds on a member-LEP workshop at SEEC’s December meeting.

Government sees locally-developed LIS as a key tool to help deliver its national Industrial Strategy framework. Launched at the end of November 2017, the framework aims to raise productivity and deliver growth nationwide.

SEEC’s guide includes a checklist to help councillors think about how they can shape and contribute to LIS – especially given councils’ place-making role, democratic accountability and wider partnerships. Effective councillor engagement will help ensure LIS reflect local priorities and provide a robust basis for securing investment that will support strong local economies. The guide also gives background to the national Industrial Strategy, local case studies on successful partnership working, and highlights some of the major South East economic issues to consider during LIS development.