HELPING BUSINESSES TO TRANSFORM SOUTH AFRICA'S ECONOMY

The Local Enterprise and Association Development (the LEAD) is a business-led public-private cooperation development agency and a non-departmental public body of the South African Government focused on tackling challenges faced by businesses through partnership and collaboration.

The LEAD was established by an Act of parliament, act no 54 of 2008, to primarily bring together stakeholders from the wider enterprise ecosystem across government, the private sector, investors and academia to work on projects and initiatives that, use the funds, human and technical resources mobilised to support South African businesses. We fund, invest in and support the development of South African-owned companies on their journey to achieving greater scale and to become market leaders in their field.

OUR VISION

Supporting South African enterprises to create solutions for growth challenges, delivering sustainable prosperity throughout South Africa.

OUR MISSION

To accelerate the development of world-class South African companies to achieve leading positions in global markets.

Our Strategy: Leading in a Changing World

The LEAD focuses on a consistent integrated service provision through collaboration to deliver targeted initiatives to boost growth and productivity and scale businesses. This means responding proactively to challenges businesses face such as access to funding, climate change, digitalisation, and changing trends in globalisation, while simultaneously acting in accordance with the Country's national economic strategy and its sustainable development goals.

Our future focuses: Entrepreneurship & Company Growth – Starting, Growing, Scaling

Business is becoming more complex due to current global geopolitical developments. Protectionism and industrial policy are becoming more widespread. This has resulted in even greater demand for business support instruments in the future.

For this reason, the LEAD is placing greater focus on Entrepreneurship & Company Growth – Starting, Growing, Scaling. We invest in and support the development of South African-owned companies on their journey to achieving greater scale and to become global leaders in their field. This provides a platform for strong economic growth, and creating and sustaining jobs in communities around the country.