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.

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.

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.

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’.

This policy is currently subject to review.

Equalities and Diversity Statement

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.

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

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) and therefore in order to comply with the Governance and Transparency Guidance published by Government in December 2017, the HotSW LEP will work on the following timelines:

  • Meeting agendas and papers to be published 5 clear working days before the meeting takes place;
  • Minutes of the Board meetings and two sub-committees are to be published within 10 clear working days of the meeting taking place. This may be in draft if internal LEP processes require clearance before the minutes are finalised. The final minutes will be published within 10 clear working days of being approved.

Meeting documents can be found for each meeting under the How we work section of the website.

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.