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Impact Investing aiming for better economic growth across the region

Last updated 16 January 2024
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Enterprise M3 LEP is teaming up with The Good Economy to stimulate long-term, sustainable growth across Hampshire and Surrey.

The Good Economy, a specialist in place-based impact investing, believes institutional investors are keen to collaborate with economic development partners to generate better, long-term wellbeing outcomes.

This project with Enterprise M3 LEP comes at a time when the economic functions of LEPs are transitioning to local authorities from 1 April 2024, and presents a prime opportunity for stakeholders to collaborate on new initiatives to build on the legacy of LEPs.

Mark Hepworth, co-Founder and Director, Research and Policy at The Good Economy said: “The UK’s global financial sector is looking to play a new leadership role in delivering sustainable and inclusive growth at the local and regional levels. This timely shift in financial markets supported by the Government’s levelling up policies is good news for local authorities – as principal architects of place-based initiatives. Institutional capital is urgently needed to finance economic development from housing and business growth to clean energy, infrastructure, and regeneration. I believe that innovative and dynamic Place-Based Impact Investment partnerships between investors and local authorities are the future of economic development in the UK.”

Professor Clint Styles, co-Director at the University of Southampton’s Future Towns Innovation Hub which is partnering with Enterprise M3 LEP and The Good Economy on this project, said: “At the heart of this approach is the need to bring innovative methods, partners, and funding to unlock the true growth potential of localities in Hampshire and Surrey. This is critical to delivering complex economic development goals against the backdrop of a climate challenge, rising inequalities, and a productivity challenge.”

During February and March 2024, a range of activities are being planned, including:

  • An online, introductory session explaining place-based impact investment.

  • An in-person, full day workshop exploring the scope for place-based impact investment, how to make an effective pitch, and identifying potential projects for funding.

  • A follow-up, online ‘clinic’ to help local partners to develop their project ideas in order to attract funding from institutional investors.  

Enterprise M3’s Head of Policy and Intelligence, Sajid Butt, said, “This is an exciting time for economic development as local authorities prepare to build on the economic strengths and successes of the region over the last decade from the work of the LEP and other valued partners. Place-based impact investing can enhance the prospects for ‘good growth’ to deliver lasting change for residents, economies, and the environment. We encourage all relevant stakeholders to participate.”

To find out more about the Impact Investing project please email


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From 1 April 2024, the responsibility for LEP functions across the Enterprise M3 LEP region has transferred to Hampshire County Council and Surrey County Council.

The Enterprise M3 Board met for the last time in March 2024 and Enterprise M3 LEP is no longer operating as an organisation.

For any enquiries relating to economic development across the counties of Hampshire and Surrey, please visit the Hampshire County Council website and Business Surrey respectively.

Please note that Enterprise M3 LEP staff have transferred to Hampshire County Council to continue to deliver services and activities in Hampshire, including the Growth Hub, the Careers Hub, work on key business sectors, and trade and investment.  

They can be contacted by emailing and respectively. Alternatively, please contact the

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