Supply chains are subjects of interest for local industrial strategies and more generally for smart specialisation. This is because they underpin the way in which local sectoral concentrations can be made to show both regional and national competitive advantage, and are seen as ways of upgrading the local economic infrastructure and productivity performance.

As a result, many of the new local industrial strategies identify supply chains (and upgrading of supply chains) as being a target of local policies.

This report considers how LEPs can analyse existing and potential supply chains and develop appropriate policies to support them.