The LEP is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applicants reflecting the diversity of the community, and we work within the framework of Somerset County Council’s Equality and Diversity Policy.

Our lean approach means that Somerset County Council acts as our Accountable Body, holding in their bank account all LEP funds, signing funding agreements with delivery bodies or Government.

All procurement and contracts are conducted through Somerset County Council and follows standard Council processes and audit procedures. The Council additionally performs an annual audit of the LEP’s business.

Reporting to the Board are the three Leadership Groups of People, Place and Business. These are made up of local business leaders, business group representatives and local authority officers who devise projects for bidding for the funding streams that become available. The people on these groups and many of their colleagues in local councils, educational establishments and other organisations carry out the day to day work of the Partnership which means its core team (that is, the people employed directly by the LEP to work for it on a full-time basis) can be kept to a very efficient workforce of five people.

All our Board papers, Leadership groups’ papers and funding allocations are published on our website in line with our Assurance framework.

You can also find out about all the projects that have received funding as a result of any of our programmes here.

With an investment programme of three-quarters of a billion pounds and with such a broad partnership base, backed up by robust accountability, we are confident this is a highly efficient use of public money that incorporates a thorough degree of scrutiny in its use.

Heart of the South-West LEP CIC, is a Community Interest Company Limited by Guarantee, registered in England and Wales No. 8880546, Registered Office, PO Box 805, Exeter, Devon, EX1 9UU.

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