The LEP

Cheshire and Warrington's economy is the highest performing in the North of England and one of the most successful and fastest growing economies in the country.

About the LEP

The sub-region has a strong value proposition across sectors, skills, connectivity, market opportunity and growth. 

Cheshire and Warrington Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) is a private sector led organisation, established in 2011. One of 39 LEP’s across England – and rated within the top 3 for performance (across the areas of Delivery, Strategy and Governance), the LEP has a leadership role in bringing together the public, private, third and academic sectors to help create the right conditions for driving forward sustainable growth and job creation. 

We are a strategic organisation that sets the sub-region’s economic priorities, securing funding and investment, and working to unlock barriers to growth. We speak on behalf of businesses and champion important issues with government. 

Through the delivery of the Cheshire and Warrington Strategic Economic Plan (SEP) and the emerging Local Industrial Strategy (LIS), the aim is to make Cheshire and Warrington and even better place to live, work, invest and visit with an ambition to grow the economy to at least £50bn by 2040. 

OUR TEAMS

The Growth Hub - Cheshire and Warrington Youth Board

GROWTH AND SKILLS HUB

The Growth Hub provides bespoke support to businesses at every stage of their growth journey from start-ups to large business. Working with a wide network, they provide the right support to ensure businesses can grow; develop their teams; innovate and trade more successfully.

Cheshire Science Corridor - Cheshire and Warrington Youth Board

CHESHIRE SCIENCE CORRIDOR

The LEP is responsible for the ongoing investment delivery into the Cheshire Science Corridor and Enterprise Zone. A partnership between the LEP and the three local authorities, the Science Corridor joins together Cheshire and Warrington's nationally and internationally significant research facilities.

Tourism - Cheshire and Warrington Youth Board

MARKETING CHESHIRE

Marketing Cheshire are the destination marketing agency for the sub-region and are responsible for leisure tourism, business and conference tourism, place marketing and the corporate marketing and communications for the LEP.

Finance - Cheshire and Warrington Youth Board

FUNDING AND INVESTMENT

The LEP currently manages £150m of Local Growth Funding but has over the funding lifetime helped to generate over £709m of public and private sector funding, 8000 jobs, 4000m of new or resurfaced road and 364,000sqft of new commercial business space.