HotSW LEP aims to offer transparency and accountability showing the full extent any gift or hospitality received in the course of their duties. It is essential that the HotSW can demonstrate the highest standards of probity in general and specifically in relation to its dealings with third parties. These relationships are a source of considerable interest and are subject to close scrutiny and also through more ad hoc channels such as Freedom of Information requests.
It is essential that the public can be confident that decisions of whatever nature are made for good and proper reasons and are not influenced inappropriately by the interests of individual employees, their relatives or friends.
If it is likely that a typical member of the public would think that a specific gift or incidence of hospitality is inappropriate, then it probably is and should therefore be declined. It is always better to be cautious and decline any offer of payment, a gift or hospitality.
The overriding principle is that employees/members should not compromise their position by accepting gifts or hospitality and allowing themselves to reach the position where they might be, or might be thought by others to have been, influenced in making an important decision as a consequence. Therefore employees are required to ensure that all offers of gifts or hospitality are registered within 28 working days of the being made, whether or not the offer has been accepted.
Further information can be found with the LEP’s Gifts and Hospitality Policy.
|Name||Company||Date of Registration||Details of Gift and/or Hospitality||Who provided/offered||Estimated value||Date received/declined||Why was it accepted/rejected|
|David Ralph||HotSW LEP||10.09.2018||Guest at Bath v Gloucester Rugby match||Bristol Airport||£80.00||Unknown||Accepted|
|David Bird||Santander Business||27.09.2018||Exeter Chamber Annual Dinner||Dr Sally Basker, CEO of Exeter Science Park||£75.00||Unknown||The reason for accepting was it is a premier business event with excellent networking opportunities both on the table of 10 and in the room where I expect there will be c.500 business people from the Exeter business community. Exeter Science Park are also a potential customer for Santander Corporate and Commercial banking.|
|David Ralph||HotSW LEP||10.10.2018||Guest of the Leaders Club Inaugural Dinner, 11th October at Deer Park Country Hotel||The Leaders Club||£85.00||Unknown||Accepted|