The London Enterprise Panel (LEP) is the local enterprise partnership for London.
The LEP is the body through which London's mayor works with London’s boroughs, businesses and Transport for London to take a strategic view of the regeneration, employment and skills agenda for London.
The London Enterprise Panel held its first meeting in February 2012.
The Mayor of London chairs the LEP. The chair of London Councils is the deputy chair of the LEP, alongside Harvey McGrath, a businessman. London Councils nominates members to sit on the LEP and its working groups.
The LEP has the following working groups to take forward its work:
- Skills and Employment Working Group
- SME Working Group
- Digital, Creative, Science and Technology (DCST) Working Group
The LEP is also responsible for Further Education capital funding in London and has established a Further Education Capital Steering Group to advise it on its investment in this area.
The LEP also oversees the delivery of the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) Programme in London, via its shadow European Structural & Investment Funds (ESIF) Committee. The ESIF programme runs from 2014-2020 and London has an indicative allocation of €748.6m. This is split between the European Social Fund (ESF) that funds employment and training activities and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) that supports activities to improve economic competitiveness in London.
London boroughs can get advice and guidance about bidding for European funding via the Access Europe Network. The network is funded by London Councils, as well as the City of London, the London Enterprise Panel, Greater London Enterprise (GLE) and European funds.
The LEP has produced London 2036: An Agenda for Jobs and Growth that sets out an economic development plan for London.
Further information on the LEP can be found on the London Enterprise Panel website.