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SELEP Engagement Event: Business Growth in the South East


Creating a compelling plan for economic growth in the South East is key to ensuring we secure the right investment and resources to chart a clear course for effective delivery that will benefit householders and Kent’s community of 69,387 VAT registered businesses.

We are inviting businesses to join us to review current plans and share their experiences, observations and ambitions as we continue to develop a strategic plan for growth in the South East.

■ Have an opportunity to have your say and feed into the priorities of a strategic economic plan for the South East
■ Tell us what you need as a business for future growth
■ Share your observations on some of the biggest barriers for business
■ Share ideas on the sort of growth you would like to see in the South East


■ Opening address; Geoff Miles, SELEP Vice Chair, Chair of Kent & Medway Economic Partnership
■ Present draft Strategic Economic Plan; Adam Bryan, Managing Director, SELEP
■ Thematic questions/workshop
■ Networking lunch

Strategic Economic Plan
Our Strategic Economic Plan will be key to our negotiations with Government to attract the funding and investment we need to maximise economic, infrastructure and employment opportunity in the South East.

We have been working with partners across the patch; businesses, local authorities, higher and further education, to gather inputs and ideas and to share progress as we plan for growth and impact.

Attracting nearly £600m in funding, the success of the 2014 SEP
The first Strategic Economic Plan (SEP) was published in March 2014. It made the case for a Local Growth Fund investment from Government of £1.2billion, £200m a year, from 2015 to 2021, matched by private and public funds for a programme of activity across East Sussex, Essex, Kent, Medway, Southend and Thurrock to transform business growth and infrastructure. We were successful in attracting a total of £591m to deliver 78,000 jobs, 29,000 homes and attract a further £960 million extra investment into the South East.


Venue: Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce

Ashford Business Point
Waterbrook Avenue
Sevington, Ashford
TN24 0LH
United Kingdom


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