LEP group shortlisted for top award

November 3, 2014

Social inclusion group in running for Compact Award A group which brings together the voluntary and community sector in the Marches on behalf of the region’s Local Enterprise Partnership is in the running…
Social inclusion group in running for Compact Award
A group which brings together the voluntary and community sector in the Marches on behalf of the region’s Local Enterprise Partnership is in the running for a top national award.
The key role of the sector in the social and economic future of the region was officially recognised by the Marches LEP earlier this year when it signed up to an agreement, called a Compact.
The agreement says the LEP and its partners in the sector will work together in the most effective way, ensuring the benefits each can bring to individual initiatives, as well as to overall economic and social development.
Now the Marches LEP’s working group has been shortlisted in the National Compact Awards which celebrate excellence in partnership working between the voluntary sector and the public sector.
Named the Marches Social Inclusion Mini Group, the nominated project brings together Shropshire Voluntary and Community Sector Assembly (VCSA), Shropshire Providers Consortium (SPC), Telford & Wrekin CVS, and Herefordshire Voluntary Organisations Support Service (HVOSS) to secure voluntary sector engagement with the LEP.
Chairman of the Marches LEP, Graham Wynn OBE, said: “With the introduction of a new EU funding programme, joint work between the voluntary sector and LEPs is vital. The group met the challenge of designing an engagement mechanism to cover the entire Marches area, with a population of more than 660,000 people, 27,095 businesses, 4,109 registered voluntary organisations and an estimated 290,737 formal volunteers.
“This is a tremendous achievement and we’re delighted their efforts have been recognised with the shortlisting for the National Compact Engagement Award.” This new Social Inclusion partnership also includes and receives support from Shropshire Council, Telford & Wrekin Council, Herefordshire Council and the Department for Work and Pensions.
The Marches LEP signed up to its three local Compacts in April this year. They set out good practice in relationships between commissioners and the VCSE and highlight agreed ways of working.
For copies of the Marches Compacts see the following webpages:
Shropshire Compact: http://vcsvoice.org/the-compact/
Telford & Wrekin Compact: http://www.telford.gov.uk/info/200101/volunteering_and_voluntary_organisations/71/the_local_compact
Herefordshire Compact:
To find out more about the work of the Marches Social Inclusion Mini Group, and to sign up to the e-newsletter for details of events, contact Katherine MacDonald:
Email: VCSAssembly@shropshire.gov.uk
Telephone: 01743 252740

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The Marches Local Enterprise Partnership has now ceased trading and transferred all its functions to Shropshire Council working with Telford & Wrekin Council and Herefordshire Council, in line with the UK Government's plans for devolution.

The Marches LEP was established in 2011 and hands over an impressive legacy from its 13-year life. In that time the LEP invested over £196m in projects across the Marches, securing in excess of £100m of match funding and supported more than 66,000 business interactions.

The schemes supported have made tangible differences to local communities, increasing skills, creating jobs and improving the physical appearance of many towns.

We would like to thank all the LEP Board Members who have given their time freely over the life of the LEP, as well as all the staff who worked for the LEP over the years. We also want to thank our delivery partners, local education providers and local, regional and national stakeholders who helped us achieve so much.

The Marches Growth Hub will continue to support businesses and will be managed by Shropshire Council, supported by Telford and Wrekin and Herefordshire Councils. Each of the three Local Authorities will also continue to provide direct business support locally. Details of this support will be available through the Marches Growth Hub website and from the Local Authorities directly. Website: www.marchesgrowthhub.co.uk | email: enquiries@marchesgrowthhub.co.uk.

The Marches Careers Hub will continue to be delivered and will be managed by Shropshire Council, supported by Telford & Wrekin and Herefordshire Councils. Website: www.marchescareershub.co.uk | email: info@marchescareershub.co.uk

For any queries about Getting Building Fund (GBF), Local Growth Fund (LGF) and Marches Investment Fund (MIF) projects supported by the Marches LEP please contact: gary.spence@shropshire.gov.uk

For any finance queries please contact: michelle.hodgkiss@shropshire.gov.uk

The solvent liquidation of the Marches LEP is being managed by the Evelyn Partners Limited. For any matter related to this please contact: Camilla.Mulholland@evelyn.com

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