Understanding Local Enterprise Partnerships <ul><li>Isabel Livingstone </li></ul><ul><li>South West Forum </li></ul><ul><l...
Overview <ul><li>Role of LEPs </li></ul><ul><li>LEPs & social purpose sector </li></ul><ul><li>LEPs in the South West </li...
Role of LEPs: local growth <ul><li>Provide: “strategic leadership in their areas to set out local economic priorities” on ...
LEPs & social purpose sector <ul><li>No mention in June letter </li></ul><ul><li>Local Growth White Paper suggested LEPs s...
Why involve social purpose organisations? <ul><li>Significant & growing business and employment sector – £2.5bn and 4% of ...
Why involve social purpose organisations?... <ul><li>Support economy & business by tackling inequality & worklessness and ...
LEPs in the South West  (Oct)
LEPs in the South West  (Now) <ul><li>LEPs so far... </li></ul><ul><li>West of England </li></ul><ul><li>Cornwall & Isles ...
Research findings <ul><li>1 in 4 social purpose organisations had not heard of LEPs before survey. Only 8% knew ‘a lot’.  ...
Barriers to engagement <ul><li>“ Such a private sector emphasis and no comprehension whatsoever that the voluntary sector ...
Who’s on board? <ul><li>4% of non-LA board members are from voluntary sector (Local Govt Chronicle) </li></ul><ul><li>One ...
What’s needed? <ul><li>Effective communication </li></ul><ul><li>Wider accountability beyond the board – effective, open ‘...
South West Forum <ul><li>Contact us for support and information </li></ul><ul><li>01392 247901 </li></ul><ul><li>[email_ad...
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  • June 2010 letter inviting LAs to set up LEPs had no mention of civil society or social enterprise.
  • Local Growth White Paper: “Partnerships will want to work closely with universities, further education colleges and other key economic stakeholders. This includes social and community enterprises, which play an important role in creating local economic growth through providing jobs and training, delivering services and helping create community wealth in some of the most deprived parts of the country.”
  • Dorset Research in Dorset, Bournemouth &amp; Poole for the Total Place pilot found that there were over 1000 social purpose organisations benefiting older people, which brought in £35m income from a range of sources, not just statutory. (Total Place and the Third Sector conference report, March 2010 http://www.idea.gov.uk/idk/aio/18589470 )
  • Dorset Research in Dorset, Bournemouth &amp; Poole for the Total Place pilot found that there were over 1000 social purpose organisations benefiting older people, which brought in £35m income from a range of sources, not just statutory. (Total Place and the Third Sector conference report, March 2010 http://www.idea.gov.uk/idk/aio/18589470 )
  • Wiltshire
  • 296 social purpose organisations in the South West, online survey, mixture of social enterprise/voluntary organisations, frontline/infrastructure Not surprising as little instruction/support from government on involving social purpose sector.
  • 33 LEPs have been approved, of these 23 have boards (or shadow boards). Just 8 of 203 non-local authority board members are from voluntary sector 7 out of 23 LEP boards are all-male Two female LEP Chairs, one is Ursula Lidbetter from Lincolnshire Co-operative. West of England – no social purpose, 3 out of 10 female (male chair). Cornwall Board not announced. Heart of the South West Board members have to have private sector experience, but knowledge of social enterprise also desirable.
  • Local enterprise partnerships and the involvement of the social purpose sector - Big Society & Localism

    1. 1. Understanding Local Enterprise Partnerships <ul><li>Isabel Livingstone </li></ul><ul><li>South West Forum </li></ul><ul><li>Big Society & Localism </li></ul><ul><li>Exeter, 25 May 2011 </li></ul>
    2. 2. Overview <ul><li>Role of LEPs </li></ul><ul><li>LEPs & social purpose sector </li></ul><ul><li>LEPs in the South West </li></ul>
    3. 3. Role of LEPs: local growth <ul><li>Provide: “strategic leadership in their areas to set out local economic priorities” on issues including “planning and housing, local transport and infrastructure priorities, employment and enterprise and the transition to the low carbon economy”. </li></ul><ul><li>Letter to local authorities June 2010 </li></ul>
    4. 4. LEPs & social purpose sector <ul><li>No mention in June letter </li></ul><ul><li>Local Growth White Paper suggested LEPs should work with ‘social and community enterprises’. </li></ul><ul><li>Varied progress since then. </li></ul>
    5. 5. Why involve social purpose organisations? <ul><li>Significant & growing business and employment sector – £2.5bn and 4% of paid workforce in the South West </li></ul><ul><li>Social enterprise is an attractive & sustainable business model </li></ul><ul><li>Lever in resources - £35m in Dorset </li></ul>
    6. 6. Why involve social purpose organisations?... <ul><li>Support economy & business by tackling inequality & worklessness and developing skills </li></ul><ul><li>Strengthen communities supporting sustainable growth & resilience </li></ul><ul><li>Corporate social responsibility & triple bottom line </li></ul>
    7. 7. LEPs in the South West (Oct)
    8. 8. LEPs in the South West (Now) <ul><li>LEPs so far... </li></ul><ul><li>West of England </li></ul><ul><li>Cornwall & Isles of Scilly </li></ul><ul><li>Heart of the South West </li></ul><ul><li>Gloucestershire </li></ul><ul><li>Swindon? Wiltshire? </li></ul><ul><li>Dorset/Bourne- mouth/Poole? </li></ul>
    9. 9. Research findings <ul><li>1 in 4 social purpose organisations had not heard of LEPs before survey. Only 8% knew ‘a lot’. </li></ul><ul><li>Only 2 out of 296 ‘fully involved’, 86% ‘not involved’. </li></ul><ul><li>Networks 68% ‘not involved’. </li></ul>
    10. 10. Barriers to engagement <ul><li>“ Such a private sector emphasis and no comprehension whatsoever that the voluntary sector can offer anything to economic development.” </li></ul><ul><li>“ A perception (perhaps wrong!) that they are not interested in the kind of value (including economic value) that the third sector brings to an area.” </li></ul>
    11. 11. Who’s on board? <ul><li>4% of non-LA board members are from voluntary sector (Local Govt Chronicle) </li></ul><ul><li>One third of LEP Boards are all-male, 86% board members female. </li></ul><ul><li>2 female LEP chairs, one from social enterprise </li></ul>
    12. 12. What’s needed? <ul><li>Effective communication </li></ul><ul><li>Wider accountability beyond the board – effective, open ‘LEP forums’ </li></ul><ul><li>Creative dialogue and action on sustainable growth, resilient communities and triple bottom line </li></ul><ul><li>Support from central government </li></ul>
    13. 13. South West Forum <ul><li>Contact us for support and information </li></ul><ul><li>01392 247901 </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>www.southwestforum.org.uk </li></ul><ul><li>Twitter: @swfisabel </li></ul>

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