The HotSW Business Leadership Group

The Business group provides the strategic lead for the key business programmes under the area’s Build Back Better plan and Productivity Strategy. It is one of the key sub-groups of the LEP and details on the group’s membership, terms of reference etc are shown below. The BLG is an advisory group and has no decision-making authority.

The purpose and role of the group is to:

  • Develop a clear understanding for the provision of strategic leadership and expertise for the relevant theme of the Local Industrial Strategy within the HotSW area and knowledge of other local, regional and national provision plans and approaches. This will include commissioning relevant research to develop the LEP’s understanding of the theme, contributing to the LEP’s wider evidence base
  • Work with partners to agree and commission or implement a series of actions to deliver the relevant theme
  • Provide management and oversight of LEP led and influenced programmes and projects related to the theme
  • As required, identify potential projects or programmes for investment as part of any bid for funding
  • As required, provide the Board with specialist advice and guidance for the theme as required, function as Programme Board to provide oversight and monitoring over externally funded Business Support Programmes

Terms of Reference

Download Terms of Reference document here >

Membership list

Download list of members of the Business Leadership Group here >

Queries for this group

Please contact info@heartofswlep.co.uk

Meeting documentation

Agendas and minutes of meetings are published at the links below.

People Leadership Group

The People Leadership Group was originally one of the LEP Board’s sub-groups and led on all People-themed agendas within the Heart of the South. The Heart of the South West has a long history of joint working and collaboration around skills and employment matters. As such, the area benefits from both a long-standing commitment to joint working and collaboration on skills matters between business, providers and public sector partners, with extensive experience in taking forward shared projects and ambitions.

This group has now been superseded by the Skills Advisory Panel.

People Leadership Group resources

The Construction Labour and Skills Steering Group has been set up as a LEP partnership involving representatives from HotSW local authorities, the construction industry and education and training providers to oversee the delivery of the HotSW Strategic Plan for Construction Labour and Skills and associated action plan. The core aims of the group are:

To create the conditions for sustainable growth in the local construction sector by building stakeholder awareness, ownership and responsiveness to the local construction labour and skills challenge.

To maximise productivity and employment opportunities by ensuring access to sufficient numbers of talented people with the appropriate skills to deliver the project pipeline and to support industry capability.

To capitalise on the local construction sector’s assets and stakeholder links to improve the industry’s competitive edge.

The group was established in the autumn of 2015 and its achievements and initiatives will be reported upon on this website and promoted through the media and the LEP newsletter. The following documents give background to the issues currently facing the construction labour and skills agenda:

The LEP People Leadership Group identified that addressing the Digital Skills and Inclusion needs of our people and businesses is crucial to supporting the growth and development of the LEP area. A wide range of work has already taken place across the LEP area on these topics, and so a small working group was put together to engage with relevant partners and stakeholders to agree on the work needed. To view the terms of reference for the group, please click here.

Groups had already been meeting across the LEP area, including; the Digital Inclusion Group Somerset (DIGS), Devon Digital and a Plymouth based group, and representatives from these have been invited to work with the LEP-wide group.

The first piece of work undertaken was to bring together the range of research and information that had already been gathered and produced across the LEP area. The executive summary from the recent piece of work can be found here, from this an action plan will be agreed by the group and work will commence on delivering the agreed priorities. If you would like to see full copies of the research reports produced – one for Devon, Plymouth and Torbay, one for Somerset and a LEP-wide piece, please contact sarah.mercer@devon.gov.uk.

For more information on the group, please contact either;

Angela Farmer (DIGS group co-ordinator) angela.farmer@sedgemoor.gov.uk

Sally Kittle (former Devon group co-ordinator and LEP People Group Member) sally.kittle@dwp.gsi.gov.uk

Rosie Bates (LEP People Theme Support) rosie.bates@devon.gov.uk

June 2016 Update

As part of the work the LEP is undertaking to better understand the issues relating to Digital Exclusion across the area, a map has been produced. Using a range of data sets, these have been combined to provide an overall ranking that shows those parts of the LEP area that are more likely to have greater levels of Digital Exclusion, that is where residents in those areas are not going to be using digital technology as part of their everyday life, and do not have the skills to use digital technology.

The data used to produce the map is the most up to date data available for each of the data sets, and the map will be updated when new data from each of these sets become available. Some data sets are annual, whilst others are less frequent.

This map is only designed to give a broad illustration of where the areas of digital exclusion may exist, if a more detailed analysis is required, then a more detailed interrogation of the data is recommended.

The Digital Inclusion Data is based on an example originally developed by Somerset County Council. The data is collected by Lower Super Output Area (LSOA) geography. There are 1,034 LSOAs in the LEP area.

There were 5 measures that were used:

  1. Percentage of the population aged over 65 based on the Office of National Statistics 2014 Mid Year Estimates.
  2. Income Deprivation from the 2015 Index of Deprivation produced by the Department of Communities & Local Government.
  3. Percentage of day to day activities limited from the 2011 Census.
  4. Adult Skills Deprivation from the 2015 Index of Deprivation produced by the Department of Communities & Local Government.
  5. Percentage connections <2MB/sec (Ofcom 2015) All Delivery Points.

All these measures were ranked within the 1,034 LSOAs with the lowest figures being the worst in each category. An average rank was then calculated using the rank of these 5 measures and the result was ranked again from between 1 to 1,034 with 1 being the most deprived in the LEP area.

Background

The People Group leads on all People-themed agendas within the Heart of the South West Strategic Economic Plan (SEP). The aim is to support the People (Employment, Skills and Social Inclusion) work theme for the Heart of the South West LEP and this covers education and skills.

This page showcases some of the work and activity that has been taking place across the HotSW area in enterprise education.

Latest updates

  • Enterprise Advisor Service (March 2016)
    The Enterprise Advisor Service has now been launched. The new Service is designed to encourage links between schools and business – to find out more, please click here
  • Business mentors are now being sought. Please click here to find out more (April 2016)
  • Video (January 2016)
    The LEP People Group has produced a video to showcase the work in enterprise education which has been taking place across the HotSW area. There is a lot of activity across the HotSW region and we have some great examples. The group would like to share these with others and encourage more partners to become involved.
    We hope this will encourage partners to work together to help businesses meet their skills needs and support young people with future careers.
Watch the Enterprise Education video

Education projects across the HotSW area

Across the Heart of the South West LEP area, there are a number of exciting and successful projects in Enterprise Education. Some of these are presented below.

big-bang-swBig Bang South West

  • National programme celebrating science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
  • Gives young people a platform to see how classroom methods are applied in the real world.
  • Events in 2013/14 benefited 8000 people in 11 venues. The headline event is at the University of Exeter in Devon; this reached 2000 people alone.
  • Video
  • More Information

Pupil and Employer Engagement Programme (PEEP)

  • North Devon based initiative that aims to grow a successful and ambitious future workforce for the local economy.
  • The three-year project takes 45 selected pupils from three different schools and involves industry-specific workplace visits
  • The project gives students the message that education is a gateway to your future.
  • Video

capturergnCommunity Entrepreneurship

  • LEP-piloted and Devon and Cornwall Business Council (DCBC) delivered project encouraging future innovation and entrepreneurship in the wider rural community.
  • Close to 500 individuals have been reached with the project, which aims to promote the use of Rural Growth Network (RGN) hubs.
  • Video

edfInspire Education Strategy- EDF Energy

  • Part of the Hinkley Power Station agreement, seeking to engage and educate young people and families about the employment opportunities this presents.
  • From an employer’s perspective, the scheme addresses an identified skills and labour gap in the energy and construction industries.
  • 58,000 student engagements in 141 schools by August 2014.
  • Video
  • More Information

tspacetSpace – Torbay Skills Platform for Advice on Careers and Employability

  • Created in partnership with JobcentrePlus; designed for young people (18-24) but can be used by anyone looking for work or wanting to progress in work.
  • Also caters for employers who are looking to support young people with employment, training and skills.
  • An App was launched on May 15th, predominantly aimed at users between 14-18 looking for advice on future careers, interviews, CVs and apprenticeships.
  • More Information

Devon and Somerset Open Innovation College Student Challenge

  • Somerset County Council managed business/student engagement.
  • Problems presented to students faced by the business community. Encourages entrepreneurial skills.
  • 80 students and 5 colleges participated in the project.
  • Video

Research reports

A number of research reports have been produced and commissioned by the LEP and our partners.  To view the reports, please click here.

The HotSW Place Leadership Group

The Place group provides the strategic lead for the key business programmes under the area’s Build Back Better plan and Productivity Strategy. It is one of the key sub-groups of the LEP and details on the group’s membership, terms of reference, etc are shown below.

The purpose and role of the group is to:

  • Providing specialist and strategic advice to the LEP Board and management team about infrastructure, place-shaping and strategic planning issues related to the Clean and Inclusive growth agenda set out by the LEP
  • The leadership of the LEP’s work on infrastructure investment priorities and supporting the Board where required in commissioning infrastructure investment from resources secured by the LEP through its Growth Deal with Government and other sources, and building relevant partnerships to take actions forward
  • Developing shared infrastructure priorities and aligned investment programmes in the LEP area with key Government agencies
  • Promoting the role of the Productivity Strategy in the development and delivery of sustainable, growth-orientated planning frameworks across the LEP area
  • Identifying opportunities for securing the LEP’s growth objectives, building partnerships, and, where appropriate, establishing sub-groups or task and finish groups to facilitate progress (eg a housing sub-group to address stalled sites)

Terms of Reference

Download Terms of Reference document here >

Membership list

Download list of members of the Business Leadership Group here >

Queries for this group

Please contact info@heartofswlep.co.uk

Key Documents

1.Employment Land Study >
2.Social Mobility Study >

Meeting documentation

Minutes of meetings are published at the links below. Click on the year to see all the meetings for that year.

Meeting Dates for 2021
1 July 2021
15 September 2021
17 November 2021

Innovation Board Leadership Group

The Innovation Board (IB) provides the strategic lead for innovation under the area’s Build Back Better plan and Productivity Strategy. It is one of the key sub-groups of the LEP and details on the group’s membership, terms of reference, etc. are shown below. The IB has been established in an advisory capacity.

The purpose and role of the group is to:

The overarching objectives of the HotSW Innovation Board are threefold:

  1. To ensure that the HotSW area has a clear “innovation vision” which articulates how we intend to seize the opportunities to stimulate and exploit innovation while addressing the barriers to it, founded on:
    • An innovation ecosystem that supports/attracts the very best talent, business, & investment;
    • A successful track record of delivering collaborative initiatives of scale & impact;
    • Integration across identified growth sectors;
    • A shared set of innovation objectives;
  2. To oversee the development and implementation of the LEP’s Business Innovation Programme (as outlined in the LEP’s Productivity Strategy);
  3. The development of a clear offer to the government (the HOTSW “Innovation Deal”) as to how the LEP area can make a significant contribution to the delivery of national industrial strategy.

The Innovation Board emerged from pioneering work in the LEP as part of the MIT REAP Programme. In 2019 BEIS arranged for six UK regions to pilot a slimmed-down version of MIT’s Regional Entrepreneurship Acceleration Program (REAP) during 2020, before a potential national roll-out. Heart of the South West was one of the six regions in the pilot, and we have used that structure as the vehicle to direct our approach. REAP is a structured course that has been used by 49 regions from across the world to develop strategies to foster the growth of Innovation-driven Enterprises (IDEs) and the contribution they make to their economies.

The programme generated a considerable amount of documents to form the Evidence Base of the MIT REAP activities undertaken by the LEP that led to the formation of the Innovation Board and the identification of its priorities.  The documents can be accessed here.

Terms of reference

Download Terms of Reference document here >

The membership list

Download list of members of the LEP Innovation Board here >

Queries for this group

Please contact info@heartofswlep.co.uk

Meeting documentation

Agendas and minutes of meetings are published at the links below.

25 February 2021
Download agenda here >
Download minutes here >

30 June 2021

22 September 2021