Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) are voluntary partnerships between local authorities and businesses that were set up following the abolition of Regional Development Agencies in March 2012. In the West Midlands six LEPs have been established, set up to help determine local economic priorities and lead economic growth and job creation within their respective local areas.
West Midlands Chambers of Commerce and its Partner Chambers of Commerce work closely with each of the regions LEPs providing connectivity and business intelligence through Chambers members and the broader Chamber businesses networks. We help advise on policy, strategy setting and also provide practical support though the organisation of collaborative activities and LEP events.
As the contracted delivery partner for the Department for International Trade in the West Midlands We have a close working relationship with each of our LEPs and more recently with the region’s Growth Hubs. Our work focusses on supporting LEP international trade agendas which aim to increase the number of businesses in the West Midlands that are exporting.
Growth Hubs have been established to be the go to place for ‘Anything Business Support’; their role being to signpost businesses to all of the available support on offer and to help businesses navigate the sometimes complex business and financial support programmes available.
West Midlands Chambers of Commerce and Partner Chambers work to ensure that international trade support is available through and accessible from the regions six Growth Hubs. Our teams are closely linked to ensure that all of the businesses we support have access to the broadest range of support available through the Growth Hubs.