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Voluntary Sector and Local Enterprise Partnerships

Government guidance invites Local Enterprise Partnerships to work with voluntary organisations so how does this work in practice?

Voluntary sector engagement with Local Enterprise Partnerships

The government’s preliminary guidance to LEPs and the European Code of Conduct on the Partnership Principle include requirements for LEPs to work with all partners including voluntary organisations, equalities and anti-discrimination agencies, and rural and environmental bodies

However, engagement between the LEPs and the voluntary sector is varied. Some LEPs have voluntary sector representatives on boards, advisory groups, or on thematic sub-groups. According to NCVO research, however, over a third of LEPs do not appear to have formal links with the sector.

Local LEP area ESIF Committees

Local LEP area ESIF committees operate as sub-groups of the national Growth Programme Board. Membership of committees is in line with European regulations and there is provision for a representative from the voluntary sector on each LEP ESIF committee.

Find out more about the local ESIF committees.

Download Compact Voice's Practical Guide to engaging with Local Enterprise Partnerships

Regional Voices LEP engagement project

Regional Voices was contracted by NCVO European Funding Network to deliver research on civil society organisations and Local Enterprise Partnership (LEPs).

One East Midlands, in partnership with Regional Voices, delivered the LEP engagement project between August 2013 and March 2014 to:

  • raise awareness of the ESIF and the role of LEPS in the programme
  • support the engagement of the voluntary sector with LEPs
  • support the relationships between LEPs and the voluntary sector
  • collect voluntary sector intelligence and evidence on engagement with LEPs and the ESIF programme

Download the report: Local Enterprise Partnerships engagement with the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector in relation to the European Structural and Investment Funds Programme 2014-2020 (pdf:776.61KB)

Directory of VCS involvement in Local Enterprise Partnerships

Go to the full Directory of VCS involvement in Local Enterprise Partnerships prepared by VSNW (pdf: 1.72MB)