The Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership (LLEP) was formed in May 2011. Following the government’s review of LEPs in 2018 it was recommended that all Local Enterprise Partnerships become incorporated. We became LLEP Limited in April 2019.

The LLEP is a strategic body that exists to drive forward regeneration and growth of the local economy in Leicester and Leicestershire. We are a company limited by guarantee, and are led by a board of directors.

We are working to create a vibrant, attractive and distinctive place with highly skilled people, and to make Leicester and Leicestershire the destination of choice for successful businesses. 

One of our key strengths is our diversity: the diversity of our people, our place and our economy. There is not one sole industry on which the region is economically dependent. Instead, at the LLEP we have a focus on eight key sectors: 

  • Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering 
  • Creative Industries 
  • Food and Drink Manufacturing 
  • Logistics and Distribution 
  • Low Carbon 
  • Professional and Financial Services 
  • Textile Manufacturing 
  • Tourism and Hospitality 
Our Vision

Our role is to lead the development and implementation of a Strategic Economic Plan (SEP) for Leicester and Leicestershire. Visit our strategy section to find out more.

We work with partners and have achieved significant success in boosting our economy. Through our various funding programmes we support key projects to deliver enabling infrastructure, create jobs and unlock employment and housing sites. Visit our investments section to find out more.

Catch up with the latest news about our strategy and investments, as well as news from our partners. Find out about LLEP and partner events, including our business breakfasts and Careers Speed networking.

Leicester City Council is our accountable body. It ensures that all of our expenditure is in accordance with all applicable legal requirements, including the requirement to act prudently in our spending. As the accountable body, LCC also audits our accounts and processes.  Find out more about the way the LLEP is run in our Governance section.

Latest news

East Midlands Airport Cargo operations
3 Mar
East Midlands Freeport given green light for take-off!
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26 Feb
LLEP Directors’ Blog – Chas Bishop and Neil McGhee talk carbon reduction
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25 Feb
Decision on unique inland freeport bid expected imminently
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25 Feb
Business Gateway welcomes lockdown easing as good news for business
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25 Feb
Leicestershire gin distiller secures £250k MEIF Funding to boost growth
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24 Feb
"Outstanding teamwork" scoops Highways Award
The Gresham
19 Feb
Full steam ahead for stunning £17 million development at The Gresham
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19 Feb
Melton Borough Council is #Here4Melton businesses
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19 Feb
LLEP Enterprise Zone announces new engineering centre of excellence
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19 Feb
100s of businesses supported with over £7m lending from local finance company
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19 Feb
LLEP launches ESIF e-booklet
Clare James
15 Feb
LLEP Directors' Blog: Clare James - MD, East Midlands Airport
Looking out over water
12 Feb
Redundancy support service for apprentices launched
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11 Feb
Local MPs back the bid for an East Midlands Freeport in new video
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11 Feb
Pall-Ex Group Awards celebrate key workers
Figura Analytics, Loughborough Uni
10 Feb
Loughborough University technology aims to revolutionise drinks industry
East Midlands Intermodal Park
5 Feb
East Midlands Makes Green Growth Freeport Bid
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5 Feb
LLEP Quarter 4 report (October-December 2020) available now
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28 Jan
Leicestershire County Council publishes latest budget proposals
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28 Jan
Green Skills Week to take place 5-9 April 2021
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27 Jan
Mental Health and Productivity Pilot aims to encourage firms to improve mental health support at work
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27 Jan
Free advice series launched to support region’s businesses with two thirds confident of growth in 2021
East Midlands Airport Cargo operations
22 Jan
Santa works overtime in the East Midlands as record volume of Christmas presents handled by air and rail freight operators
22 Jan
LLEP Directors' Blog: Dr Nik Kotecha OBE
Antoine Akouete-Kuevy, young engineer
21 Jan
ESFA employer survey on government skills incentives
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19 Jan
Plans to boost economy revealed with work+
Sewing machine textiles
14 Jan
LLEP supports new textiles training centre with £100k funding
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14 Jan
Business volunteers needed to help rewrite the story of careers education in Leicestershire schools
18 Dec
£2.6 million gateway scheme in Loughborough approved and will support town’s recovery
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18 Dec
LLEP appoints two new members to its board of directors
Snibston Colliery Park opening
18 Dec
Snibston Colliery Park opens following £3m regeneration scheme
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11 Dec
New virtual facilities tour launched at East Midlands Airport
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11 Dec
LLEP releases new labour market film resource for education
Kevin Harris at the Friars Mill video studio
3 Dec
LLEP AGM takes place
Construction Plant on building site
26 Nov
£4bn Levelling Up Fund announced in Spending Review 2020
Young person engineering skills 5
20 Nov
College Spotlight on Engineering at WorldSkills UK Live 2020
Winners Lord Lieutenant awards
5 Nov
Shining a spotlight on inspiring young people
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30 Oct
Designs revealed for Leicester’s new carbon neutral bus station
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30 Oct
First Town Deals worth almost £180 million announced
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30 Oct
New raised walkway will connect canal and cycle route
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22 Oct
City council and universities launch £1.6m graduate retention scheme
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22 Oct
Harborough Grow-On Space secures its first tenants
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14 Oct
Winning bids to drive millions of investment into Leicestershire
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24 Aug
£20m Getting Building Fund awarded to key infrastructure projects
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21 Aug
LLEP looking to recruit a new member to its Board of Directors
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7 Aug
East Midlands Airport developing hydrogen fuel capabilities
Bond Street Distillery
30 Jul
Surviving Lockdown: The Bond Street Distillery Way
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24 Jul
East Midlands Freeport could bring huge benefits to Leicestershire
Sir John Peace
23 Jul
Midlands Engine convenes Covid-19 response meeting on the visitor economy
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22 Jul
£540k boost for local communities
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21 Jul
Congestion-busting scheme complete on schedule
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17 Jul
Local universities offer business support during pandemic
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10 Jul
£24m grant funding approved for priority economic projects in Leicester and Leicestershire
KJN Automation
9 Jul
Business Growth Grant provides £19k boost for KJN Automation
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9 Jul
Support for communities to develop ‘green’ projects
Ideas taskforce group discussion
9 Jul
Business Gateway Ideas Taskforce will aid recovery through innovation
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8 Jul
LLEP welcomes changes to planning regs to increase local growth
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6 Jul
Education Secretary announces £200m investment in further education colleges
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3 Jul
Open letter from Lord-Lieutenant of Leicestershire
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3 Jul
£20 million ‘new deal’ allocation for Leicester and Leicestershire
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2 Jul
Lockdown impact on council services
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30 Jun
Britain needs to “Build Build Build” to bounce back!
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29 Jun
Leicester back in lockdown for 2 weeks
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26 Jun
Tutoring business guided by Business Gateway through pandemic
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25 Jun
Deadline approaches for business grants
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23 Jun
Government announces changes to lockdown for more businesses
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18 Jun
Passenger flights resume at East Midlands Airport on Sunday 21 June
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18 Jun
Space Park Leicester receives £500k for deep space research facility
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16 Jun
Charnwood launches specialist sports advisory arm for athletes
Bridging the gap Great Central Railway build in progress
11 Jun
Grants available for community organisations to support the unemployed into jobs
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8 Jun
Applications for Leicester Business Festival 2020 event hosting now open
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5 Jun
Leicestershire logistics operations keep country moving during coronavirus crisis
Rishi Sunak
29 May
Chancellor announces changes to furlough scheme
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29 May
Future Me programme to support young people’s careers education during lockdown
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29 May
Region to receive nearly £1m ERDF to help high streets open safely
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28 May
Government launches NHS Test and Trace service
East Midlands hub
28 May
£2.7bn transport plan to revolutionise East Midlands links to HS2 hub station at Toton
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22 May
LLEP supports programme to improve workplace mental health
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22 May
LEPs help local businesses on route to safe economic recovery
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22 May
Distance learning lifeline for Megan from across the UK
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21 May
Support package for sustainable business transport
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21 May
Future Fund opens for applications
Rutland Water
15 May
Rutland Water remains closed to visitors
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15 May
Deutsche Post DHL Group broad geographic footprint and resilient business model model pays off
Leicester Business Festival
11 May
Leicester Business Festival
11 May
November Business Festival looks to re-energise Leicestershire business community
The Gresham
7 May
LLEP investment helps bring The Gresham back to life
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5 May
Sky launches fund for SME TV ads
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4 May
£100m of business support distributed in Leicestershire
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4 May
Business Improvement Districts get £6.1m extra funding
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1 May
Enterprise Adviser Network launch online forum
Kevin Harris BBC interview
30 Apr
Kevin Harris interviewed by BBC East Midlands Today
Waterside development
27 Apr
Milestone for transformation of Leicester Waterside as work begins on new offices
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24 Apr
Coronavirus support package for key transport routes
PPE drive
23 Apr
Call to industry to support Leicestershire PPE drive
Food production
21 Apr
New COVID-19 Redundancy and Recruitment Service For Leicester and Leicestershire
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20 Apr
Coronavirus job retention scheme now open
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16 Apr
Lockdown extended for at least another 3 weeks
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8 Apr
Quick response for donations to #ppe4nhs campaign
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6 Apr
Innovate UK to invest £20m in innovation to benefit communities following coronavirus
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2 Apr
City gets £85million package of help for businesses
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1 Apr
East Midlands Airport remains a gateway for essential goods in unprecedented times
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31 Mar
New life-saving breathing aid approved
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31 Mar
Business Gateway leads effort to support businesses through coronavirus
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27 Mar
Department for BEIS makes plea for business intelligence during Covid-19 crisis
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27 Mar
De Montfort University Students offer free remote working support
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26 Mar
Chancellor unveils support for self-employed
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24 Mar
Information on funding for business during coronavirus
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23 Mar
LLEP Update on remote working
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23 Mar
Tips for communicating with your team whilst at home
LLEP Chair Kevin Harris
20 Mar
LLEP statement on Covid-19
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19 Mar
Call for manufacturing businesses to help make NHS ventilators
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18 Mar
Coronavirus (Covid-19) latest advice for businesses
Rishi Sunak
11 Mar
Budget 2020 – what you need to know
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10 Mar
LEPs economic reality check for budget 2020 and beyond
Rani Mahal
8 Mar
International Women’s Day #SheWritesHistory
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5 Mar
LLEP launches new skills toolkit to build the workforce of the future
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4 Mar
Coronavirus: Planning ahead
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3 Mar
£1.9 million Loughborough town centre regeneration scheme revealed
2 Mar
MIPIM Postponed till June 2020
26 Feb
UK’s first Mobility Innovation Hub launched at LLEP Enterprise Zone
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25 Feb
Midlands Engine is championing apprenticeships
25 Feb
HS2 must deliver for the whole of the Midlands, says Midland Connect
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20 Feb
Leicester one of 105 global cities to score an ‘A’ for leading climate action
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18 Feb
New, longer platform opens at Market Harborough railway station
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18 Feb
Leicester and Leicestershire firmly on the business map of Europe
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10 Feb
Consultation opens for up to 10 freeports in locations across the UK
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6 Feb
English schools exporting world-class careers education
Wheelchair rugby
4 Feb
World’s best return to Leicester
4 Feb
Final push for Growth Programme grants for rural businesses
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3 Feb
New rail freight service for SEGRO Logistics Park East Midlands Gateway
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3 Feb
How could Apprenticeships help your business grow?
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31 Jan
Creating SUSTAINable supply chains
Space Park Leicester groundbreaking
31 Jan
We have lift-off! Space Park Leicester breaks ground
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28 Jan
£40 million unlocked for Midlands’ businesses as MEIF reveals new loan fund
Waterside Yu Energy
23 Jan
Growing utilities business cements commitment to Leicester with Waterside property investment
23 Jan
LEP Chairs write to PM in support of HS2
MIPIM Team Leicester
20 Jan
Final opportunities to join Team Leicester at MIPIM
Space Park Leicester artist impression
17 Jan
Planning for phase II of Space Park Leicester granted
New Board Members
13 Jan
LLEP welcomes three new members to its board of directors
Leicester College LGF Project
6 Jan
Focus Consultants’ research calculates significant ROI for LLEP investment