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Strategic Economic Plan

SELEP’s Strategic Economic Plan 2019


The South East Local Enterprise Partnership (SELEP) agreed its new Economic Strategy Statement, outlining its priorities and aims to drive a more productive and prosperous economy for the area over the next decade in December 2018.

Titled: Smarter, Faster, Together, the plan is a key part of SELEP’s approach to support long-term growth for East Sussex, Essex, Kent, Medway, Southend and Thurrock, ensuring the area continues to play a pivotal role in the future growth of the wider South East and the UK as a whole.

Context for investment

The strategy, which will provide a context for local priorities for investment of Government funding for improved transport infrastructure, regeneration, skills facilities and business premises, was agreed and adopted by SELEP’s Strategic Board at its December 2018 meeting.
The strategy is informed by detailed, high quality evidence and extensive consultation. It provides a clear and concise articulation of the shared priorities of the communities across the South East.

Smarter, faster, together

The Strategic Economic Plan can be accessed by clicking here. The Plan outlines three aims, which are to:

Work smarter to increase productivity in the SELEP area, with the aim of bridging the gap in GVA per filled job between the South East and the rest of the UK;

Deliver faster by accelerating housing and infrastructure delivery to meet planned growth;

Work better together by collaborating across the Greater South East, with Government and with business.


To achieve these the plan sets four priorities and outlines strategies for future success for each.
The priorities are to:


Create ideas and enterprise by encouraging businesses with the capacity for innovation and high growth to scale up; increasing the adoption of new technologies and processes; supporting the process of knowledge transfer between universities and businesses; responding to the increasing need for workspace flexibility; and ensuring the South East is Britain’s gateway for trade and investment.

Develop tomorrow’s workforce by increasing industry-relevant qualifications for all ages; simplifying the skills landscape for employers; raising awareness of the wide range of career and job opportunities that exist in the SELEP area; and supporting capital investment in further and higher education capacity.

Accelerate infrastructure delivery by securing sustained improvements in the area’s national transport infrastructure, including the delivery of the Lower Thames Crossing and strategic road and rail networks and connections to ports and airports; securing investment in local infrastructure that unlocks housing and jobs growth; investing in digital and advanced technology to support sophisticated communications networks; and sustaining efforts to drive up levels of housing and commercial development.

Create places by putting the area’s towns, cities and rural communities on the front foot in responding to new technology and changing work patterns; supporting quality of life and quality of place; and supporting businesses’ role in the community.

Click on the map below to access the SELEP Area Map and Information:

SELEP Map

Smarter, faster, together replaces the previous SELEP Strategic Economic Plan from 2014, which can be accessed here.

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