The Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) has launched its Growth Strategy consultation.

The consultation, which runs until Friday 12 July, offers the county's business community an opportunity to have their say on the future of Hertfordshire's economy.

Once complete the strategy will set out the county's economic agenda for the next 20 years. The LEP board have worked with consultants SQW to produce a draft strategy, which you can access here:

The LEP's vision for the economy is that by 2030 Hertfordshire will be the leading economy at the heart of the UK's golden research triangle (Oxford-Cambridge-London).

Three priorities have been identified as key to achieving this vision. These are;
•    Nurturing science based Enterprise and Innovation
•    Harnessing our relationship with London 
•    Re-invigorating vibrant towns for the 21st Century

LEP Chair, John Gourd said: "It is absolutely vital that we get this strategy right. The global economy is changing and we have to prepare for the future or risk getting left behind. The LEP's draft strategy sets out a pragmatic plan of action for tackling the challenges facing Hertfordshire, not only today and tomorrow but over the next 10 to 20 years. I urge you to take this opportunity and have a say on the future of Hertfordshire's economy.

You can share your views on the draft strategy and have a say on Hertfordshire's future by filling out the consultation survey here: or by e-mailing
The Hertfordshire LEP is one of 39 local enterprise partnerships set up by the government to encourage economic growth in their respective areas. All LEPs will be expected to bid competitively for government funding based on the strength of their final growth strategies.