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1 LEPs and EU SIF: Preparing to Engage Rachel Quinn, One East Midlands 27 March 2014 York

2 Understand your LEP Stimulating Private-Sector led growth Job creation How? Growing Places Fund – delivering local infrastructure priorities Regional Growth Fund – drawing private sector leverage for job creation Enterprise Zones – growth stimulation via simplified planning and business tax breaks City Deals – Removing barriers to growth

3 Lord Heseltine’s Review ‘ No Stone Unturned’ published October 2012 Government response March 2013 – 81 out of 89 recommendations accepted, 5 rejected, 3 in SR Increasing Whitehall asks of / offers to LEPs - and increasing focus on their performance Single Local Growth Fund from 2015 LEPs to develop multi year strategic plans Funding to be allocated though Local Growth Deals LEPs to take greater role in EU funding distribution Support LEP capacity

4 LEP Roles Lead role for LEPs – notional 7 year allocations Develop strategy, working with wide range of partners Select projects (commissioning, bidding and co-financing) Identify match funding Spend allocation (on time and in line with EU regulations) Ensure outcomes delivered Monitor delivery against strategy and programme priorities Not responsible for administering the funds (remains with Managing Authorities) THIS IS NOT THE ONLY THING THEY ARE DOING…….!


6 LEP allocations for ERDF and ESF 2014 to 2020 (Y&H)

7 Know your Strengths! Structural: Employs 2.7% workforce Spends £1.5bn in Y&H economy Holds £2.8bn in assets Access to volunteers High level and diverse skill base Geographical reach – for delivery, intelligence and to test effectiveness of interventions Geographical flexibility - from national to local Established networks and communication systems Strategic: Access to match funding – cash, assets, volunteers Existing Co-financer working relationships (e.g. SFA, NOMS, DWP) Existing relationships with Managing Authorities Reach, data and intelligence Assessment of social inclusion, poverty and disadvantage Delivering cross-cutting themes: Planning for Equality & Diversity and Sustainable Development outcomes

8 More Strengths! Operational: Delivery specialisms e.g. digital inclusion, skills & employability, micro & social enterprise growth, young people, health & wellbeing and environmental sustainability Focus on disadvantage Rural and urban coverage Scalability Use of and access to social investment products and models Proven technical expertise of: – community led local development, – community grants, – social inclusion Experiential: ESF, ERDF and EAFRD experience (planning, management and delivery) Scrutiny of EU programmes Co-production Complex funding packages Successful anti- poverty and inclusion work Stimulating Community Led Local Development (e.g. LEADER)*see slide notes Experience of the development of new ideas, products and services to meet social need (social innovation) Working in partnerships and consortia

9 Understand the Challenges; Address the Weaknesses Capacity and knowledge – esp. small groups Engagement and representation Conflicts of interest Local leadership Consortia building Funding advice Demonstrating Economic Impact Timescales

10 Grasp the Opportunities Invest in knowledge Social Inclusion Big Lottery Fund Community grants Social innovation / investment / enterprise Intelligence and data Equality and social value Funding advisors Match funding (volunteer time??) Identify projects and partnerships NOW

11 Stimulate Ideas

12 Know the Code of Conduct on Partnership Working Governance – Board – Sub groups or advisory groups Engagement – Involvement in consultation – active input – Sector communication mechanism in place Strategy – Role of CS clearly identified – Strategy for Social Inclusion – Take up of available ‘social’ options

13 More Information and resources are on the Reach & Impact web page: or Regional Voices at or at

14 Preparing to Collaborate June Gomes 27 March 2014 York

15 Why Collaborate? Geographic Scale Working across LEP area Synergies with what other organisations do Building a seamless pathway / client journey / supply chain Adding niche aspects to service

16 Commissioner perspectives Often don’t want to fund two similar projects in an area / duplication Want to see evidence that you’ve done your preparatory work Bid size threshold? Value for money/ Best service

17 Collaboration Spectrum Networks/ Loose consortia Formal consortiaMergers Partnerships.

18 Different contracting forms Provider Managing Agent Managing Provider ‘Super Provider’

19 Provider Contractor Provider Provision of Services

20 Managing Agent Contractor Managing Agent Sub-contractors Provision of Services

21 Managing Provider Contractor Managing Provider Provision of Services Sub-contractors Provision of Services

22 Managing Agent/Provider Contract top slice Percentage of contract to pay for management of sub-contractors:  Performance  Quality  Financial management

23 ‘Super Provider’ Provider

24 How does it work? Incorporation to form new legal entity Providers become members of this company Hub and spokes operating model

25 Social ownership Owned and controlled by the members 2 tier governance:  Council of Members  Board

26 Cross Sector Collaboration There is also scope for cross sector collaboration: Working with universities/public sector/private sector Tackling issues of economic growth and development through innovation and research & development. Addressing youth unemployment and social inclusion through social innovation Benefits of cross collaboration – match funding, expertise, diverse range of partners, meeting more needs of the community

27 Success Factors Find the right partner(s) Begin now, don’t wait. Choose a fit for purpose structure Look beyond a single opportunity (e.g. European infrastructure funds) Talk to the LEP

28 How to get started? Bring partners together Seed corn/set up funding Business/ Project plan Outcomes/ interventions Supply chain development/who does what Develop and write bids Win!!!

29 Working up Project ideas What would the project look like? What would deliverables be? What might be an appropriate consortium model? On what basis would you select partners?

30 Start up Funding Community Services Grants Up to £10k, available to any organisation with an interest in delivering a public service. Specific mission to support consortia. For more information: As part of their application, organisations are encouraged to fill out an online ‘Contract Readiness Checker’

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