The Kent and Medway Economic Partnership Board is chaired by the private sector and is made up of 33 members: 17 business representatives, 14 local authority leaders, 1 representative from higher education and 1 representative from further education. The board has sought to ensure that there is a balanced representation of businesses and local authorities, reflecting Kent and Medway’s geography and the diversity of its business base.
The role of the KMEP can be summarised as being to:-
- Approve, drive forward and monitor a strategic economic plan for Kent and Medway;
- Consider strategic economic investment priorities through funds such as the Single Local Growth Fund, European structural and investment funds and other public funding sources that may become available;
- Determine and monitor the use of all funding devolved from the South East Local Enterprise Partnership to Kent and Medway;
- Act as the commissioning body for projects and programmes in Kent and Medway funded through the Single Local Growth Fund and the European Structural and Investment Funds;
- Consider and develop responses to new economic opportunities and challenges in Kent and Medway;
- Ensure a strong voice for Kent and Medway business and government at national and regional level, including through the South East LEP.