Leading Economic Growth and Job Creation in the Capital
The London Economic Action Partnership (LEAP) is the local enterprise partnership for London. The LEAP brings entrepreneurs and business together with the Mayoralty and London Councils to identify strategic actions to support and lead economic growth and job creation in the capital.
Here you will find details on the operation of LEAP and its Board.
How LEAP operates
LEAP is a non-incorporated consultative and advisory body established by the Mayor under sections 30 and 34 of the Greater London Authority Act 1999. As a Mayoral appointed body with no separate independent or corporate legal status, LEAP operates through the GLA which acts as LEAP's “accountable body” when funding arrangements are entered into with the Government or European Commission.
You can find LEAP's Constitution here. It includes details of the Board's responsibilites, decision making processes, and Terms of Reference.
In accordance with Government guidance set out in the National Assurance Framework for local enterprise partnerships, you can find LEAP's Assurance Framework here.
Annual Report and Annual Accounts
LEAP has commited to meeting the standards set out in the National Assurance Framework for local enterprise partnerships. In line with revised standards issued to LEPs, we will be publishing an Annual Report and Annual Accounts on this website for the 2017/18 financial year and onwards.
Project Development, Appraisal and Prioritisation
In line with Government's guidance for LEPs, LEAP growth funds are usually allocated via a prospectus and opening bidding rounds. Each prospectus will include details of how projects should be presented when bidding and include details of how successful bids will have been appraised and prioritised.
LEAP is not a legal entitity and all its staff are employed by the Greater London Authority; LEAP's accountable body. Details of senior staff renumeration within the GLA can be found on its website.
Transparent Decision Making
We publish all agendas, papers and minutes of LEAP Board and Committee meetings, in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act, here.
Parliament has put in place specific accountability arrangements for the Greater London Authority, LEAP's accountable body, namely; the Mayor is answerable to the London Assembly through Mayor’s Question Time only after he has taken decisions. Therefore Board and Committee meetings are not open to the public.
Freedom of Information Requests
You can find our Freedom of Information and Environment Information requests policy here.
In October 2010, the Government invited the Mayor, London boroughs and business leaders to consider the case for whether and how local enterprise partnerships could be formed in London. In response, the Mayor, with London Councils, decided that there was a strong case for a single pan-London partnership to complement existing working arrangements between London business, the Mayor and the boroughs.
On 16 December 2010, the Mayor and London Councils submitted their proposal to Government for a local enterprise partnership for London with the support of leading business organisations. The proposal was for a partnership covering all of Greater London, reflecting the city-region scale and interconnected nature of London’s economy. The proposal described how the partnership would contribute to the delivery of the Mayor’s Economic Development Strategy and be supported by strong local partnership arrangements, stretching outside London as appropriate. On 17 February 2011, the Government announced approval of the proposal and in February 2012 the Mayor of London formally established the London LEP. In December 2016, following his election, Mayor of London Sadiq Khan launched the reformed London Enterprise Action Partnership (LEAP).