We are leading the way by making partnerships and strategic alliances at a local, regional and national level. People in business, research and education are essential partners and our success relies on understanding how knowledge, ideas and skills are developed through successful collaborations and networks.

Local sub-area partnerships
There are five economic sub-areas which work closely in partnership with Coast to Capital.


Local Authorities

The four upper tier and unitary authorities are the main partners for Coast to Capital as well as the 12 districts and borough councils. They are all represented on the Coast to Capital Board and committee membership.


Business Support Organisations
We are closely engaged with businesses and in touch with current business issues. Business representation such as the Chambers of Commerce, CBI, the Federation of Small Businesses and the Institute of Directors are critical to the development and delivery of strategies and initiatives.

Higher Education and Further Education
Higher and further education, as well as independent training advisers, play a critical role in most aspects of Coast to Capital objectives around the provision of skills. We are working with universities, colleges, independent trainers. This is to ensure they are drawn more effectively into supporting and driving economic and business growth by understanding business needs so students coming out of these institutions are well informed about their employment opportunities and can take the right decisions about their careers.


Cross LEP working


Coast to Capital is involved in a number of strategic projects across Local Enterprise Partnership boundaries. Current examples include:


  • South2East Local Energy Strategy Coast to Capital, Enterprise M3 and South East Local Enterprise Partnerships are producing a local energy strategy that will help to identify a pipeline of energy projects across the area for investment through the Greater South East Energy Hub. The Energy Hub is a wider sub-regional body comprising 11 LEPs with the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). We aim to publish the Local Energy Strategy in February 2019.


  • Innovation South A consortium of more than 100 organisations spanning six LEPs and eight counties, including businesses, industry and partners from across the private and public sectors, promoting opportunities for investment in the South of England. The Science and Innovation Audit identifies the area’s strengths in particular digital enabling technologies applied in four key sectors; Connected Digital, Advanced Engineering, Biosciences and Marine & Maritime.


The following LEPs make up the Innovation South area:


  • Coast to Capital
  • Dorset
  • Enterprise M3
  • Thames Valley Berkshire
  • South East LEP
  • Solent


  • Transport for the South East A partnership of local Highways Authorities and LEPs are working closely with national Government to secure future investment of the South East region’s transport needs. Transport for the South East intends to become a statutory body by 2020.


The following LEPs make up the Transport for the South East area:


  • Coast to Capital
  • Enterprise M3
  • Thames Valley Berkshire
  • South East LEP
  • Solent


Full details of the Shadow Partnership Board Members can be found on the Transport of the South East website.

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