Local Enterprise Partnerships are voluntary partnerships between local authorities education organisations and businesses to help determine local economic priorities and lead on productivity and prosperity growth within their local area. Our LEP is constituted as a Community Interest Company – a corporate body; it enters into agreements and holds funds via an accountable local authority which acts on its behalf. The accountable local authority for our LEP is Somerset County Council (and Devon County Council for Growing Places Funding).

The Heart of the South West LEP operates within an Assurance Framework which sets out its governance arrangements, policies and protocols, and the relationship with the accountable local authority including management of funding. This can be downloaded from the list below, along with other relevant policies.

These set out the terms of reference for our board and how it will operate.

The Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership and its accountable body, Somerset County Council, have responsibility for ensuring that all funding decisions are made in accordance with the Assurance Framework, which  ensures robust and accountable processes are in place, as required by Government in dealing with public funds.  The  Chief Executive  is responsible for day to day processes and ensuring value for money is delivered.

This policy is for the rolling replacement and/or retirement of HotSW Board members, following the Strengthened LEPs report.

All directors and staff follow these codes of conduct.

A complaint is any expression of dissatisfaction about any aspect of HotSW LEP.

Our ordinary complaints procedure may not be suitable if someone wants the complaint to remain confidential. This policy is if a confidential complaint is received.

Sets out where conflicts of interest may arise and how they are to be managed.

If you are seeking HotSW endorsement for your project or proposal, we ask that the following process is followed:

A response will usually be forthcoming within two weeks. In the event that the project meets the criteria, a formal letter of endorsement will be issued.  If it does not meet the criteria, we will explain the reasons behind our decision.

Please note: the Heart of the South West will not endorse projects verbally. Without the formal letter of endorsement, projects will not be able to claim approval. In the event that this claim is made without foundation, we may elect to inform the appropriate bodies to ensure that our reputation and those of the partners is protected.

The governing arrangements for each of the Enterprise Zones can be found below:

Gravity Enterprise Zone

*This is an extract of the ‘Huntspill Energy Park: Implementation Plan dated March 2017’.

Oceansgate Enterprise Zone

*This is an extract of the ‘Oceansgate Enterprise Zone Implementation Plan March 2017’.

Exeter & East Devon Enterprise Zone

*This is an extract of the ‘Appendix 3 EZ Implementation Plan amended January 2018 v1’.

A current register of gifts and hospitality declarations from September 2018 can be found HERE.

For a register of gifts and hospitality declarations from before September 2018, a freedom of information request will need to be submitted to Somerset County Council, details of which can be found HERE.

The Joint Scrutiny Committee provides strategic overview and Scrutiny of the activities of the Heart of the South West (HotSW) Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP)

In meeting its purpose, the Joint Scrutiny Committee will be specifically charged with:

  • The review of strategic decisions made by the LEP Board;
  • The review of progress of programmes under the management of the LEP to identify barriers to progress, good practice and possible improvements to the LEP’s programme management function, notwithstanding the ability of Local Authorities to scrutinise individual programmes of delivery which impact on their communities;
  • Scrutiny of the delivery of the Strategic Economic Plan and the Productivity Strategy; and
  • To review LEP performance and consider any comparative data the Joint Committee deems necessary

View the work programme.

Further details as well as meeting documents can be found here.

LEPs are committed to publishing minutes, agenda and papers for full board meetings and any sub-committees which involves decisions about public money. The HotSW LEP only has three such meetings; LEP Board, Strategic Investment Panel (SIP) and Finance and Resources Committee (F&R). The following policy outlines how the HotSW will comply with the Governance and Transparency Guidance published by Government in December 2017.

Arising from concerns about a danger, risk, contravention of rules or illegality to act in the wider public interest, usually because it threatens others or impacts on public funds.

Heart of the south west LEP - Policies & Procedures