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Dr Neil Lee
Head of the socio-economic centre
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A LEP of Faith

Thursday, 23 September 2010
12:30 - 15:00
The Work Foundation, 21 Palmer Street, London SW1H 0AD

Ideopolis City Leadership Network Event:

A LEP of Faith


  • Neil Lee, Senior Economist - Ideopolis Programme, The Work Foundation (Chair)
  • Naomi Clayton, Senior Researcher - Ideopolis Programme, The Work Foundation
  • Paul Taylor, Executive Support Officer, Bristol City Council
  • Chris Murray, Director, Core Cities


Proposals for Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) – joint local authority and business-led bodies – have been submitted all across the country. LEPs are envisaged to take on many of the functions of the Regional Development Agencies – transport, planning, housing, local infrastructure, employment and enterprise, and the transition towards the low carbon economy – although the functions have yet to be defined in detail. Local authorities and partners are also working through the potential form of LEPs.  

This event, for invited members of the Ideopolis City Leadership Network and Partners with The Work Foundation, looked at how LEPs can be used to deliver growth across the regions. Questions covered included:

  • What role will LEPs play in terms of the functions that are now likely to be nationally led such as inward investment, business support and innovation and what are the implications for local strategies?
  • How is the transition from former structures best managed and what role should former partnerships play?
  • How do LEPs balance the needs of business and residents?
  • How do LEPs ensure they have the freedoms and flexibilities, as well as the resources, to deliver on their strategic priorities?

For more information regarding this event please contact Annabelle Peate

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