We are hiring, five new roles

We're hiringWe are advertising five new fixed term roles to continue to galvanise our delivery and governance.

Application deadlines for all five roles is 6th August and interviews are scheduled across flexible dates in mid-August.

Capital Programme Officer

Contract: Fixed-term
Working Hours: Full-time
Salary: Up to £35,000 per annum
Primary Location: Chelmsford
Closing Date (Period for Applying): 6/08/18

The role of Capital Programme Officer is integral to the work of the South East LEP team, providing much needed additional capacity in supporting the management of South East LEP’s £600m+ programme of activity, including over 90 projects. The post holder will be responsible for supporting the partnership’s formal programme management process, including assisting with effective risk, issue, financial and performance management, benefits realisation and governance.

The post holder will be expected to work closely with senior officers across local authorities, the education sector, board members, including elected representatives, Government and other stakeholders. You will need to ensure momentum in the capital programme whilst ensuring transparency in decision making and project management across a wide range of projects.

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Chief Operating Officer

Contract: Fixed-term
Working Hours: Full-time
Salary: Up to £73,000 per annum
Primary Location: Chelmsford
Closing Date (Period for Applying): 6/08/18

Reporting to the Chief Executive, the post holder will maintain and further extend the excellent work undertaken so far, and ensure that the LEP is able to punch well above its weight in dialogue with Government and Government officials. Bringing credibility in the field, the post holder will help position SELEP optimally in articulating growth opportunities and securing funding from new funding streams. Moreover, the post holder will be responsible for providing assurance to Government, businesses and all local partners, that this partnership and this area is a safe pair of hands for increased funding now and into the future.

Working as part of a small team with important line management responsibilities, the post holder will also be expected to maintain positive working alliances with local authorities, businesses, business representative bodies, HE and FE institutions, and all parts of central Government – contributing to the simple aim of SELEP to direct as much funding into the area as possible.

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Governance Officer

Contract: Fixed-term
Working Hours: Full-time
Salary: Up to £33,000 per annum
Primary Location: Chelmsford
Closing Date (Period for Applying): 6/08/18

This is a new role, integral to the work of the South East Local Enterprise Partnership (South East LEP) team. The role will provide much needed additional capacity in supporting clear decision-making, transparency and accountability in all areas of work the partnership’s work.

The post holder will be responsible for supporting the partnership’s formal decision making boards; and for providing guidance and advice to board members, including elected politicians, business leaders, and senior officers across local authorities and the higher education sector. The post holder will make sure that all decisions are taken appropriately and will support the transparency agenda for LEPs nationally.

Reporting to the Capital Programme Manager, and working as part of a small team, the post holder will support the Chairman, Chief Executive, Board members, Government and local decision-makers in managing SELEP’s statutory and constitutional framework. The ability to be tactful and diplomatic is crucial to the success of this role.

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Growth Hub Lead

Contract: Fixed-term
Working Hours: Full-time
Salary: Up to £34,000 per annum
Primary Location: Chelmsford
Closing Date (Period for Applying): 6/08/18

Growth Hubs join up local and national business support, so it is easy for businesses to find the help they need.

The postholder will be the key co-ordinator between the sub-hubs, the Growth Hub Steering Group and the SELEP Secretariat team and will lead on the delivery of joint workstreams that will be decided by the Growth Hub Steering Group and the SELEP Chief Operating Officer.

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Business Development Manager

Contract: Fixed-term
Working Hours: Full-time
Salary: Up to £59,000 per annum
Primary Location: Chelmsford
Closing Date (Period for Applying): 6/08/18

Post Brexit, new funding approaches will need to be adopted as they emerge in the UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF) in accordance with emerging HMG policy and the National Industrial Strategy. This role will assume the regional lead role in encouraging the development of projects in line with post-Brexit funding policies. The focus of the role will be on the development of a robust pipeline of projects across these areas of inclusive growth, which will complement existing, and emerging projects and provision across the South East LEP (Local Enterprise Partnership)

Reporting to the Chief Operating Officer, and working as part of a small team, the post holder will work with and support the HE sector, skills sector representatives, research establishments, businesses, national and local Government organisations and partnerships, with the aim of increasing productivity across the LEP area.

In all aspects of the role, the post-holder will support partners to deliver the strategic ambitions of the SELEP Strategic Economic Plan and help position SELEP at the cutting edge of LEP activity in the UK. The ability to work with others in collaboration and be tenacious and tactful is crucial to the success of this role.

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Energy Hub Bulletin Summer 2018

Work has begun on a £6.65 million scheme to improve the A2500 Lower Road on the Isle of Sheppey.

Phase 1

A2500 traffic alleviationThe first phase will see a roundabout constructed replacing the existing traffic light-controlled junction between Lower Road and Barton Hill Drive. The roundabout has been designed to include a fourth turning off point, which could provide access to the proposed development site, west of Barton Hill Drive. This work, starting today (June 25) is planned to be completed by January.

An inaugural ground-breaking ceremony was held with KCC cabinet member for highways and transport Mike Whiting, Gordon Henderson MP and Leader of Swale Borough Council Andrew Bowles.

Phase 2

The second phase will see the widening of the Lower Road from the A249 at Cowstead Corner to Barton Hill Drive and will include a new path and cycleway along the northside of the road.

Breaking traffic gridlock

Mr Whiting said: “The Lower Road is a key road on Sheppey, and any issue at this junction can cause gridlock across the Island. For that reason, I’m delighted to see work on this long-awaited and much-needed roundabout beginning today.

“I am grateful to the South East Local Enterprise Partnership (SELEP), Swale Borough Council and of course the local Member of Parliament, Gordon Henderson MP, for working with KCC to secure the funding for this scheme.

“This is a big scheme and there will undoubtedly be some disruption while it is being built. I can only apologise for that and ask people to bear with us while it is being constructed.”

£1.26 million funding

The roundabout is being funded by £1.26 million from the Department of Transport (DfT) through funding known as Local Growth Fund (LGF) allocated to the South East Local Enterprise Partnership and contributions from local developments.

Mr Henderson said: “I am delighted that at long last work has begun on this much needed improvement to the Lower Road. Islanders have put up with congestion caused by an inadequate junction at the bottom of Barton’s Hill Road for far too long.

“I have been campaigning since becoming MP for a solution to the daily problems faced by my constituents and I am grateful for the support given to me in that campaign by Island borough and county councillors; and local parish councils, particularly Minster Parish Council.

“I am grateful also for the Government for coming up with the funding for the development, and local farmer, Stephen Atwood, for contributing some of his land to enable the scheme to progress.”

Phase 2

Phase 2 will follow, funded by a further £3.2 million provided from the National Productivity Investment Fund together with further contributions from local developments.

The roundabout construction will be done with limited traffic management though the connection to Barton Hill Drive will require a temporary road closure.

This is planned for late August for 12 weeks and the diversion route will be via Thistle Hill Way and Plover Road. Works will take place during normal working hours but some activities such as resurfacing may be carried out at night.

Leader of Swale Borough Council Cllr Andrew Bowles said: “It’s great to see work getting underway to help tackle congestion on this key stretch of road. Residents have been extremely patient whilst both Swale and Kent have worked to find the funding for the much-needed improvements.

“This is a key stretch of road for local people and visitors, so I’m pleased the work programme has addressed our concerns about potential disruption and do as much as possible off the carriageway until the busy summer season is finished.

“With other regeneration schemes making good progress, we are already hoping to increase our focus to helping boost the Island’s economy.”

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Review the scheme’s business case and find out more.

Funding available for growth projects in the South East

Promoters of projects across East Sussex, Essex, Kent and Medway, Thurrock and Southend are being invited to apply for a share of more than £8million of Government funding being made available via the South East Local Enterprise Partnership (SELEP).

A total of £570m Local Growth Funding (LGF) has been secured by SELEP from Central Government through the three rounds of LGF to date, which was allocated through a six-year Growth Deal (from 1st April 2015 to the 31st March 2021).

So far, £561.6million has been allocated to 97 projects across the South East, leaving £8.3million available.

Call for new projects

To maximise the investment potential to the end of the Growth Deal period, SELEP is establishing a pipeline of priority projects, initially intended to identify short-term priorities for any unallocated LGF funding or LGF underspends which may become available.

SELEP, the business-led organisation that champions the economic growth of East Sussex, Essex, Kent, Medway, Thurrock and Southend, has issued an open call for short term projects which support its strategic objectives, and which will see the £8.3million of capital grant funding currently available spent by March 2021.

Project criteria

Projects must meet strict criteria to make a successful bid for funding. They must:

Examples of LGF funded projects

Strood Waterfront Flood mitigation

A recent example of an LGF funded project in Kent and Medway is Strood Waterfront, where £3.5million is being spent on flood defence works ahead of the regeneration of the former Civic Centre and Strood Riverside sites, which will include 1,000 new homes, new businesses and public spaces.

Chelmsford City Growth Area Scheme

A recent example of an LGF funded project in Essex is the Chelmsford City Growth Area Scheme, where £10million is going towards a series of 16 highways network improvements designed to support the city’s significant growth.

East Sussex Strategic Growth Package

A recent example of an LGF funded project in East Sussex is the East Sussex Strategic Growth Package, where £8.2 million is being invested in the delivery of new employment floorspace at three locations – Bexhill Enterprise Park, Sovereign Harbour Innovation Park and South Wealden – to provide high quality employment spaces to grow existing businesses and attract new ones to the area.

Christian Brodie, Chair of SELEP said: “Our area is seeing growth on a significant scale and we must ensure we have the homes, jobs and infrastructure in place to support that. “As a LEP, we have been very successful in securing LGF funds and our aim is to ensure that money is used effectively and produces tangible results. Initially we are looking for projects to pick up unallocated funding and any that becomes available from underspend on current works.”

Applications

Applications will be evaluated through a three-stage process:

Expressions of Interest > Scheme prioritisation > SELEP Accountability Board funding decision

Interested applicants should refer to the guidance note and complete the Expression of Interest Form, available here

Get in touch

Anyone interested in discussing a proposal or looking for additional advice should contact their local Federated Board:

Kent & Medway Economic Partnership
Sarah Nurden - sarah.nurden@kent.gov.uk.

Essex Business Board
Helen Code - helen.code@essex.gov.uk

South Essex (Thurrock and Southend), Opportunity South Essex
Ian Lewis - ILewis@castlepoint.gov.uk.

Team East Sussex
Dave Evans - dave.evans@eastsussex.gov.uk

Closing date for Expressions of Interest

Closing date for Expressions of Interest is 5.30pm on Friday, August 31st.

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Find out more about this open call for projects here

The transformation of Strood Waterfront has begun

Work has begun to transform Strood Waterfront and pave the way for future development, including more than 1,000 new homes.

Funding for flood defences in Strood

Strood Flood DefencesMedway Council has been awarded £3.5 million funding from the Government’s Local Growth Fund through the South East Local Enterprise Partnership (SELEP) to enable flood defence works to take place on the former Civic Centre site. The council is investing in flood defences to regenerate the former Civic Centre and Strood Riverside brownfield sites which will pave the way for future residential-led development on the site which has uninterrupted views of the river, Rochester Castle and Rochester Cathedral.

The flood defence works, which are being carried out by VolkerStevin, are currently underway and are expected to be completed in Spring 2019.

Strood Waterfront Development

The council has also adopted the Strood Waterfront Development Brief which provides planning guidance for developers and shows how Strood’s Waterfront will be transformed with more than 1,000 new homes, including affordable housing, new businesses and public spaces.

Strood Town Centre

Medway Council has also received £9 million from the Local Growth Fund, also via SELEP, to improve Strood Town Centre. Work began on the £9million transformation in February following a consultation with traders, residents and businesses.

Two phases of the works have already been completed including improvements to the car park and market space in Commercial Road. Further aspects of the works include improvements to the existing central island between Station Road and Commercial Road which will be made more accessible for pedestrians, and improvements to the road layout in the town centre to reduce congestion.

Leader of Medway Council, Cllr Alan Jarrett, said: “I am delighted work has begun at Strood Waterfront. Once the works are complete the project will bring hundreds of homes to the area, including affordable housing. These works, and the ongoing regeneration project in Strood town centre, will transform the area. Strood Waterfront is just one of Medway’s monumental regeneration projects and I look forward to watching the works progress.”

Cllr Rodney Chambers, Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder for Strategic Regeneration and Partnerships, said: “I am pleased the flood defence works are underway. This is the first phase of development at Strood Waterfront which will make way for future development of the site which has breathtaking views across the river to Rochester castle and is close to two railway stations. Strood’s retail offer is expanding and it is becoming an increasingly popular area for residents and businesses.”

Christian Brodie, Chairman of SELEP, said: “Medway has a longstanding ambition to deliver new homes and create an environment that nurtures skills and business. “With Strood only 34 minutes away from St Pancras on Southeastern’s high speed services, the £12.5m we’ve secured from government will help regenerate Strood and further boost the Medway economy.”

Rob Coupe, managing director at VolkerStevin, said: “We are pleased to have been awarded this flood defence project which will not only help protect homes, but also allow for economic growth within the housing market. Working alongside one of our other VolkerWessels UK business units, VolkerHighways, demonstrates the diverse range of our capabilities as part of a wider group. “In addition, two of VolkerStevin’s specialist division’s, VolkerGround Engineering, and VolkerBrooks, will collaborate together to procure and install the new steel sheet pile wall and undertake awarded fabrication works.”

For more information about Strood’s regeneration projects in visit www.medway.gov.uk/yournewstrood

Sector Support Fund workshop

SELEP has established a Sector Support Fund (SSF) revenue grant to fund projects which support the sector focused activities undertaken by SELEP on a pan-LEP basis and predominantly led by SELEPs working groups. In total, £500,000 of funding will be made available per year.

The purpose of the workshop is to hold a more in depth discussion about the SSF application process, assessment criteria and to provide advice on the development of SSF application forms.

When & Where

When:
1st August 2018, 14:00 – 16:00

Where:
St Matthews Conference Centre,
20 Great Peter St,
Westminster,
London
SW1P 2BU

Agenda:

14:00 - Introductions
14:05 - 15:00 – Presentations on the application process
15:00 - 16:00 – Round table discussions and support session

Deadline for registering your interest

To attend the workshop session, please email hello@southeastlep.com by the 27th July 2018.

Spaces will be allocated on a first come, first served basis

Sector Support Fund

Find out more about the Sector Support Fund here

Download our Sector Support Fund guidance note here
Download SSF application form here (Word version) Scheme promoters are required to complete an application form using this provided template.

Kent & Medway Economic Partnership Meeting, 16th July 2018

Rochester Airport - phase 1 SELEP Business Case Updated - May 2018

Maidstone ITP Phase 2 - Business Case - Revision 02 May 2018

A131 Braintree to Sudbury RBS Business Case - Final

SELEP Pipeline Development Guidance Note 0718

EoI template LGF Pipeline development PDF VERSION 0718

EoI template LGF Pipeline development DOC VERSION 0718

Open call for projects

SELEP Rural Sector Working Group slides notes actions 26.06.18

KMEP Board Papers 16.07.18

SELEP Strategic Board Minutes June 2018

SELEP Capital Programme Presentation to LEP board June 2018

SELEP pipeline of projects presentation for LEP Board June 2018

Funding decision puts The Open on track for Sandwich

An multi-million pound economic boost is on its way to East Kent, after it was announced that The Open Championship is to be held at Royal St George’s in Sandwich, near Dover, three times between now and 2036.

The tournament, administered by The R&A, is the oldest of the four major international championships in professional golf and is the only ‘major’ outside the United States.

£1.9m upgrade to Sandwich Station

The news follows the decision by South East Local Enterprise Partnership (SELEP) to contribute more than £1.9m to upgrade the railway station near the golf course in time for the first of The Open’s three visits in 2020.

Christian Brodie, Chairman of SELEP, said: “The 2020 event is expected to bring more than 200,000 people to the county. The economic impact is forecast to exceed £85m, with at least £26.8m expected to be direct additional spend. This means that the investment case to upgrade the station at Sandwich is a very strong one. “The R&A has made it very clear that The Open cannot return to Sandwich without the current transport problems being fully addressed and brought up to par. “Kent County Council, Dover District Council and neighbouring Districts in East Kent have campaigned tirelessly to secure this funding and commitment from The R&A, Network Rail and DfT to ensure The Open remains on Kent’s sporting calendar.”

The decision of SELEP’s Accountability Board to award the money from the Local Growth Fund followed the decision of The R&A that the Royal St George’s course will host The Open on three occasions cycle between 2020 and 2036.

Councillor Mike Hill, KCC Cabinet Member for Community & Regulatory Services, said: “I am delighted that East Kent has been awarded this series of Open Championships. The support of Government and the South East Local Enterprise Partnership to enable this important international sporting event to be staged in our County is a great boost for our tourism and inward investment programmes”
Cllr Keith Morris, Leader of Dover District Council, said: “It’s fantastic news that the R&A has made a long-term commitment to Sandwich by bringing The Open to Royal St George’s on three occasions up to 2036. The Open is the biggest single sporting event hosted in Kent, providing a huge boost to the local tourism economy and showcasing the Dover district and East Kent to a global audience. “It’s a hole-in-one for the district with hotels, restaurants, shops and many other businesses seeing a boost from the millions of visitors spending their money locally both during the Open and on repeat visits.”

High speed rail

The project will extend the platform at Sandwich station to allow 12 carriage High Speed rail services in time for The Open and will provide a further footbridge for passengers.

Currently, the station can only support trains with eight carriages, with longer trains blocking the nearby level crossing and causing delays for road vehicles including park and ride buses, as happened when The Open was last held at Sandwich in 2011.

SELEP Accountability Board Minutes of meeting 22.09.17

SELEP Accountability Board Draft Meeting Minutes 15.06.18

Christian Brodie ROI July 2018

Accelerating delivery of new homes built across the South East

Newly-published government figures show more than 12,000 new homes were completed in the South East Local Enterprise Partnership (SELEP) area in the 12 months to March, with work starting on almost 11,000 homes – more than in any other region outside of London.

The statistics reveal that work started on 10,720 new homes across the LEP area, with 12,330 completions recorded*, continuing the upward trend seen across the region in recent years.

Broken down by county:

Creating the right environment for housing development

Christian Brodie, Chair of SELEP, said the figures reflected the hard work and innovation of all those involved in house building across the region.

He said: “The LEP has worked alongside a number of partners to help create an environment in which developers can get on with the important business of getting spades in the ground and delivering the new homes that are essential to the region’s growth and economic prospects.

We are the only LEP in the country with Housing Business Ready status, and we have helped introduce Planning Protocols across the area which see local authorities and developers working together in the pre-application and application stages to overcome the complexities of the planning system which can hold back developments.”

He said SELEP had supported existing developer groups and pioneered the introduction of new ones for each of its three counties, whose Chairs, facilitated by SELEP, now meet each other regularly to exchange ideas and information and share best practice.

Garden communities
Christian added: “We are also at the forefront of the Government’s Garden Communities programme, with five sites in our area including Otterpool Park, Dunton Garden Suburb and Gilston Garden Town, and work well under way at Ebbsfleet in Kent. In North Essex, for the first time three local authorities have come together to write a common section for their local plans that could see 43,000 homes built in three individual communities. “These projects are about placemaking, creating employment, skills and a quality of environment to serve a growing population

“Under the Garden Communities programme, we have the largest number of planned homes officially recognised by Government and a proven ambition to plan holistically and support new communities with the necessary infrastructure.”
Driving innovation in the construction industry

The LEP is also working on iConstruct, a business-led project expected to launch in January and which will aim to drive change in the construction industry to bring innovative new approaches to the sector, tackle the skills shortage it is experiencing, promote the benefits of new offsite methods of construction and encourage smaller builders to grow their businesses.

Nick Fenton, Chair of the SELEP Housing and Development Group and Chair of Kent Developers Group, said: “Construction projects across the South East are proceeding at a pace which has undoubtedly been assisted by the sharing of experiences and knowledge from across the LEP region.

“With challenging Government housing targets to meet, strategic thinking and a collaborative approach is essential. The cross-LEP working groups, the protocols agreed by developers and local authorities, and the support to meet the challenge to accelerate housing delivery are all fundamental to the progress being made in getting completed new homes to market here in Essex, East Sussex and Kent.

“We are pleased to see these efforts reflected in the latest figures and look forward to continuing to nourish these important public-private forums, which are so vital to the local success of the sector.”

* Source: MHCLG Table 255  Housebuilding: permanent dwellings started and completed, by tenure1 and LEP2 3, 2017-18 

SELEP positioned to increase skills and productivity across the South East economy

SELEP Skills StrategyA new five-year strategy to develop the skilled workforce needed to help East Sussex/Essex/Kent continue to grow and play its vital role in the UK economy has been agreed by the South East Local Enterprise Partnership (SELEP).

Employer and evidence led strategy

Developed in partnership with local business and skills boards and supporting the Government’s Industrial Strategy and new national Careers Strategy, the SELEP blueprint is an employer and evidence-led statement of the skills and employment priorities needed to drive productivity and growth across the LEP area.

Presented to the SELEP Strategic Board at its June 2018 meeting, the Skills Strategy sets out a series of priorities, including:

The challenges of future growth

Welcoming the strategy, Christian Brodie, Chair of SELEP, highlighted the challenges facing the area with the current population of 4.2 million predicted to grow to nearly 5 million by 2039 and more than 300,000 new homes planned between now and 2030, putting particular pressure on the construction sector.

“The growth throughout the area means employers across a range of sectors are seeing shortages of skilled recruits,” said Christian. “In addition to challenges facing the construction sector, employers across the LEP area have advertised more than 7,500 nursing vacancies, 4,000 care worker positions and nearly 8,000 programmers and web developer roles in the past year alone.

“It is also important to remember that for all the perceived wealth of the South East we have some of the most deprived areas nationally, particularly in our rural and coastal communities, where we need to help people enter and progress in the labour market. We need local people to develop the skills necessary to support regeneration and growth.”

Skills impacting economic performance

As an area SELEP is facing a number of skills-related issues, which impact on its economic performance, including:

SELEP’s recent skills successes are nationally significant and include engaging with Government on the future apprenticeship levy, working with the Careers Enterprise Network and linking education and industry with 160 secondary schools, securing a £37m capital programme delivering industry relevant training facilities and a further £51m from the European Social Fund for projects supporting people into and in work.

Graham Razey, chair of SELEP Skills Advisory Group, Principle and CEO of East Kent College Group said: “The evidence and feedback throughout the drafting of this strategy shows the key requirement is for greater alignment between education and employers at all levels and a closer alignment between economic growth and opportunities for local people.

“With growth forecast on an unprecedented scale, the digital revolution and population increases, employers will need support and clarity to respond, while many in our communities will require additional in-depth support and facilities.

“It is encouraging that there is already a large scale commitment to respond to these challenges from employers, education providers and the voluntary sector, representing a public/private partnership on a significant scale.

“We have a common ambition and we will break down the barriers identified and deploy all funds available to us in achieving this.”

The SELEP Skills Strategy 2018-2023 will be formally launched later this summer. The action plan supporting it and supporting documents will be available on our website.

SELEP Strategic Board Meeting 29th June 2018

The Greater South East Energy Hub is hiring 4 new roles - closing date 29th June

We're hiringThe Greater South East Energy Hub is a new organisation operated by the Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority on behalf of ten Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) and the Greater London Authority (GLA).

The Energy Hub covers the East of England, the South East and the Oxford to Cambridge Growth Corridor including Milton Keynes, surrounding areas and Greater London. The Energy Hub is funded for the two years by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

A new model for energy

The Energy Hub has ambitious goals and is tasked with addressing the challenges and commercialising the opportunities related to energy generation, storage, distribution and supply (including heat networks), particularly in areas where demand and need are mismatched.

Our work will ensure that new housing developments, new transport links and local energy systems are not prohibited by current infrastructure barriers.

We’re hiring

The Energy Hub is seeking to create a dynamic, agile and commercially focussed team to deliver energy projects across a large part of England. We are seeking to recruit four Energy Project Managers to cover the Greater South East area.

Each of the Project Managers will cover part of the Greater South East area. When applying for the Energy Project Manager role please can you confirm whether you wish to stay in the area you currently live, are willing to travel across the whole area or parts of it, or want to move to a new area and cover that instead.

The closing date for these roles is 29th June 2018.

>> Find our more here <<

More roles in the immediate future

An Investment Manager to lead on project funding to be recruited in August. Watch this space for further information.

Essex Business Board Meeting

SELEP welcomes work experience student

Lily Martin, Year 10 work experience student, Boswells SchoolLast week we welcomed Lily into the South East LEP team for her year 10 work experience placement from Boswells School. Given our role in skills and talent development in the South East it was great to have Lily in the team working with us.

We worked with Lily introducing her to the diverse workload of the LEP. Amy worked with colleagues to pull together a varied work programme:

As well as Lily’s own work and involvement in meetings with colleagues Lily sat with colleagues to better understand the scope of their work.

It has been a great week working with Lily, seeing first-hand the importance of working in partnership with our local schools and encouraging the work force of tomorrow to take an interest in the skills that will support them in their education choices and career development .

“I’ve really enjoyed working with the SELEP team. The experience has been very useful and has given me a lots of experience of working.”
Lily Martin, Year 10 student, Boswells School
“It was great to have Lily join us for a and a privilege to play a small part in helping build Lily’s future. As a LEP we are passionate about skills and talent on our patch. We really enjoyed working so closely with a student towards shaping their future, even if it was just in a tiny way. She worked hard and gave a fresh perspective on the way we work. All the best to you Lily!”
Adam Bryan, Managing Director, South East LEP

Most importantly – thank you Lily and good luck with all your future endeavours!

Team East Sussex Board Meeting, 25th June 2018

SELEP Accountability Board June 2018 final Richard Hicks 150618

SELEP Accountability Board Capital Programme Presentation 150618

SELEP Accountability Board Independant Technical Evaluator Presentation 180613

TES Item 10 - stakeholder updates v2 25.06.18

SELEP Board 280618_Appendix 10a_internal audit report

SELEP Board 280618_Appendix 9i_Whistleblowing Policy

SELEP Board 280618_Appendix 9h_Subsistence and Hospitality Policy

SELEP Board 280618_Appendix 9g_Register of Interest Policy

SELEP Board 280618_Appendix 9f_Public Question Policy

SELEP Board 280618_Appendix 9e_Confidential Reporting of Complaints Policy

SELEP Board 280618_Appendix 9d_Code of Conduct for LEP Board Members

SELEP Board 280618_Appendix 9c_Board Recruitment

SELEP Board 280618_Appendix 9b_Inv Panel ToR

SELEP Board 280618_Appendix 9a_SELEP ToR

SELEP Board 280618_Appendix 7b_GPF update

SELEP Board 280618_Appendix7a_GPF repayment

Strategic Board Meeting Agenda Pack 290618

SELEP Board 280618_Appendix 6b_List of LGF projects

SELEP Board 280618 Appendix 5a Skills Strategy

TES Item 8 - TES terms of reference update 25.06.18

TES Item 7 - growth programme summary table 25.06.18

TES Item 4 - south2east energy strategy 25.06.18

Team East Sussex Item 3 - environment east sussex 25.06.18

Team East Sussex Item 2 - previous minutes 30 Apr 2018 - 25.06.18

Team East Sussex agenda 25.06.18

Prime Minister chairs first council of local enterprise partnership chairs at Downing street

LEP Chairs meeting at 10 Downing StreetThe Prime Minister met with the leaders of England’s Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) today to celebrate their achievements to date and to map out key areas for cooperation under the UK’s Modern Industrial Strategy.

The 19th June marks the first meeting of the Prime Minister’s Council of LEP Chairs, made up of business leaders representing the 38 Partnerships, including Christian Brodie, Chairman of the South East LEP. The

LEPS delivering the Modern Industrial Strategy

Talks focussed on where LEPs carry maximum impact: delivering the objectives of the Modern Industrial Strategy in local areas, and investing in the skills people and businesses need.

Prime Minister Theresa May

Welcoming the Council of LEP Chairs, Prime Minister Theresa May said:

“Local Enterprise Partnerships play a vital role in supporting businesses and innovation across England. From the New Anglia aviation academy - the first of its kind in the UK - to Enterprise M3’s 5G innovation centre, LEPs are developing skills, delivering infrastructure, and securing investment.

“That’s why our Modern Industrial Strategy is clear that they must continue to play a crucial role in our plans to deliver further growth in local economies.

“Today’s first meeting of the Council marks a milestone in this partnership. By working even more closely together, we will continue to maximise our efforts in creating jobs, growth and investment right across the country, delivering long-term, meaningful results for local communities.”
Christian Brodie added: “The meeting clearly demonstrates the government’s commitment to working with local businesses to help build economically strong and sustainable communities.

“What all LEP Chairs share is a burning ambition to drive forward the economies of the communities we represent by working seamlessly with our partners in national and local government, business and further and higher education.”
Co-chair of the first meeting and LEP Chair for Greater Manchester, Mike Blackburn OBE, said: “Today was a golden opportunity for business leaders to sit down with the Prime Minister and identify the key action areas LEPs can help government with, and highlight current achievements.

“The government’s commitment to ‘place’ based development and growth plays to the core strengths of all LEPs, and our local strategies will exploit those strengths of locality and geography.

“This is part of an ongoing dialogue between LEPs and government as we help build an ambitious programme for long-term economic growth. Our strong partnerships of private and public sector leaders and track record of delivery, mean we have an exciting opportunity to help the government build an economy that works for everyone, no matter where they live.”

At today’s meeting, LEPs reinforced their commitment to help deliver a national Industrial Strategy, using their strengths and expertise to lead local strategies for economic growth and partner more effectively with local government.

Recent successes include the Fuller Working Lives strategy in the North East which is helping businesses maximise the skill sets of the 50+ workforce, and the Growing People Programme in the South East Midlands which is building a talent pipeline to support and develop the skills our modern economy will require in the future.

From fostering partnerships between businesses and institutions to enable vital research, to spearheading cutting-edge initiatives at the local level in clean growth and supporting major areas of expansion such as the medical technologies sector, LEPs are playing a crucial role in the delivery of the modern Industrial Strategy, ensuring that the UK remains at the forefront of innovation.

The Council of Local Enterprise Partnership Chairs was announced in the Industrial Strategy White Paper as a new forum for LEP business leaders to help shape national policy decisions and ensure closer cooperation with the Government on Industrial Strategy objectives.

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SELEP Rural Sector Working Group 120418 Notes and Actions

SELEP Coastal Communities Notes and Actions 15.04.18

Coastal Enterprise and Productivity - Torbay 190418

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SELEP Coastal Communities Notes and Actions 15.04.18

OSE Board Minutes 6th June 2018

SELEP Accountability Board Summary of Decisions 16.06.18

SELEP Accountability Board - Public Questions - 15.06.18

SELEP Accountability Board Meeting 15th June 2018

Sandwich Rail Infrastructure update to SELEP Accountability Board June 2018

Thames Estuary Production Corridor

Sandwich Rail Infrastructure Business Case

U9 - Terms of Reference

SELEP Accountability Board Agenda Pack 15.06.2018

Opportunity South Essex board meeting 6th June 2018

Amended Rochester Airport - phase 1 SELEP Business Case - June 2018.pdf

Appendix for Report 4 - Whistleblowing Policy 010218 OSE

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The Creative Economy in the South East Report - SECEN

South East Creative, Cultural and Digital Support programme (SECCADS) - Core Description

The Greater South East Energy Hub is hiring

The Greater South East Energy Hub is a new organisation operated by the Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority on behalf of ten Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) and the Greater London Authority (GLA).

The Energy Hub covers the East of England, the South East and the Oxford to Cambridge Growth Corridor including Milton Keynes, surrounding areas and Greater London. The Energy Hub is funded for the two years by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

A new model for energy

The Energy Hub has ambitious goals and is tasked with addressing the challenges and commercialising the opportunities related to energy generation, storage, distribution and supply (including heat networks), particularly in areas where demand and need are mismatched.

Our work will ensure that new housing developments, new transport links and local energy systems are not prohibited by current infrastructure barriers.

We’re hiring

The Combined Authority, on behalf of the Energy Hub, is seeking to create a dynamic, agile and commercially focussed team to deliver energy projects across a large part of England.

Regional Hub Manager

Data & Information Manager

Technical Support Coordinator

Gateway to Europe calls for urgent joined up thinking on Lower Thames Crossing

Port of DoverKey industry, local government, parliamentary and transport representatives have called for urgent joined-up thinking over road transport investment to secure the key cross-Channel gateway linking the UK largest trading partner, the European Union, with the Northern Powerhouse and Midlands Engine.

More investment needed for transport resilience

The Lower Thames Crossing is an essential long-term investment in better connecting economic activity across the UK with Europe. However, with the urgency of maintaining traffic and trade fluidity in the context of Brexit, it is vital that other complementary investments are made as soon as possible in order that they support the role of the Lower Thames Crossing, but also deliver early and enhanced resilience in the transport of goods via the Port of Dover and Eurotunnel.

The Lower Thames Crossing is cited within the Department for Transport’s recent Port Connectivity Study, which stated that while ports continue to invest to ensure their role in the supply chain is an efficient one, this must be combined with effective hinterland links in order for a port to maximise its potential.

Urgent road infrastructure required

It is in this context that the Port of Dover, the South East Local Enterprise Partnership (SELEP) and local authorities are calling for urgent consideration of A2 dualling for several miles between Lydden and Dover in order to ensure that the port can keep traffic flowing beyond the dock gate.

Richard Christian, Head of Policy and Communications at the Port of Dover said: “The Port of Dover and Eurotunnel together handle around a third of the UK’s trade in goods – some £210 billion by value. Half of our freight traffic is heading beyond London to support economic activity in the Midlands and North of England, and two thirds of Irish exporters use the UK land bridge to get goods to Europe via the Channel ports.

“Our cross-Channel corridor provides pan-European just-in-time supply chains with the efficiency and fluidity needed by British, Irish and European farmers, traders and manufacturers, as well as ordinary citizens.

“There is no substitutable capacity elsewhere that can handle the type and volume of goods that Dover does. For the sake of our national economy, it is vital that fluidity at Dover and throughout the supply chain is maintained. This means not only keeping border checks to a minimum and away from the physical border, but also by bringing forward targeted road investment to key trading gateways such as A2 dualling to Dover linked to the Lower Thames Crossing which we strongly support. Such investments can be further supported by having ‘trade’ hardwired into the assessment processes concerning public infrastructure investment decisions.”
Christian Brodie, Chairman of the SELEP, said: “Investing in infrastructure to connect the economically vital ports in our area, whether its Dover, Eurotunnel, Newhaven or Tilbury, is vital to ensure our businesses can still efficiently get their goods to market.

“No country would accept a single carriageway leading to its busiest port, which is the situation we have here in Kent. The dualling of the A2 at Lydden, long called for by Kent County Council and Dover District Council, is imperative in helping secure the growth everybody wants as the country prepares for Brexit.

“The case for a relatively small investment in dualling is a compelling one. It would improve the strategic road network and at the same time reinforce the resilience of Dover if it was necessary to hold lorries away from the port in the event of Operation Stack being implemented.”
Tim Jones, Lower Thames Crossing Project Director, said: “There is a vital relationship between the UK’s ports and the strategic road network. The Port of Dover is one of the country’s key gateways to the world but the current road connections between Kent and Essex act as a barrier between the south east and the rest of the country.

“The Lower Thames Crossing offers a once in a generation opportunity to improve connectivity across the region and we are working closely with the Port of Dover and other key partners as we develop our plans.”

Rochester Airport Phase 1 Updated Business Case

SELEP Terms of Reference 2018

Financial year ending 31st March 2017

New funding to support innovation and R&D

UKRI Strength in Places FundThe Strength in Places Fund (SIPF), led by UK Research and Innovation, is a new competitive funding scheme that takes a place-based approach to research and innovation funding, to support significant regional growth. Funding will be allocated in waves to fund collaborative bids from consortia of publicly-funded research organisations, businesses, and local leadership.

Objectives of the fund

The high level aims of the Strength in Places Fund are:

Who can apply

SIPF will be a competitive fund for collaborative bids between businesses and research organisations, with demonstration of strong engagement with local leadership partners. SIPF will welcome bids that are led by either research organisations or business.

Find out more

An overview of the programme can be found here

Introduction to UK Research and Innovation (UKRI)

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) is a recently formed body bringing together seven existing research councils, as well as Innovate UK and the Research and Knowledge Exchange functions of the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFC), into one unified body to direct research funding.

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Kent and Medway Economic Partnership, 21/05/2018

KMEP papers, 21052018

Maidstone Integrated Transport Package Phase 2

Creative Industries Local Coordinator - hiring now!

ERDFCreative Industries: Local Coordinator, South East Creative Cultural and Digital Support (South East Creative, Cultural and Digital Support programme, SECCADS) – 3 posts based in Essex, Kent and East Sussex.

Thurrock Council are seeking candidates with a demonstrable working knowledge of creative businesses and exceptional communication skills to help drive an ambitious new business development programme for the cultural sector.

You will have practical knowledge and be passionate about supporting creative businesses and freelancers to start-up and grow. Ideal candidates will have the skills to engage businesses and the knowledge to signposting them to the advice they need.

Open to job share arrangements if you are someone who wants the flexibility to still focus on your other commitments as well as supporting this innovative new venture. You will be an agile worker, immersing yourself in the area you support.

The South East Local Enterprise Partnership (SELEP) works to accelerate growth in the economy. This is part of a portfolio of initiatives to build a more self-sustaining creative and cultural infrastructure in the South East.

Find out more here.

Sector Support Funding Project Prioritisation

Sector Support Fund Application Guidance Notes

Sector Support Fund (SSF) Application Template (WORD)

Sector Support Fund

A131 Braintree to Sudbury Business Case

Accountability Board 15th June 2018 Forward Plan

Celebrating national numeracy day

The first National Numeracy Day (16 May) has been welcomed by the South East Local Enterprise Partnership (SELEP).

The date will become an annual celebration of the importance of numbers in everyday life bringing together individuals, employers, educators and influencers to improve numeracy.

Christian Brodie, Chairman of SELEP, said: “We want to help ensure that all in our area can benefit from jobs and growth and have the skills required for this.

However, with nearly half of the UK’s working age population having the numeracy of a primary school child, the impact on our economy and the daily lives of our communities is enormous. Everything must be done to tackle the issue as a national priority.”

Skills development

SELEP, which champions the economies of East Sussex, Essex, Kent, Medway, Southend and Thurrock, has placed skills development at the heart of its work. SELEP’s forthcoming skills strategy will be launched this summer and will tackle areas such as falling English and Maths participation d supporting efforts to reduce the 176,000 people in the area with no formal qualifications (7.5% of the population).

Numeracy skills support

The SELEP area has a range of European Social Fund (ESF) projects designed to support areas such as numeracy skills in the workplace.

The Numeracy Skills support in the workplace project delivered by Skills Training UK and partners offers numeracy skills support to nearly 2,000 employees aged 19 and above to raise their qualification by at least one level and to increase numbers with a level 2.

All participants undertake Functional Skills maths from entry levels up to Level 2, with a goal to increase the number of individuals achieving level 2 or as close to it as possible. Many also undertake vocational and/or career-enhancing activities as part of their regulated or non-regulated learning, depending on the provider and employer needs.

Individuals can also access other short courses to enable them to progress within the workplace.

Christian Brodie added: “By working with our partners we have. This project has already helped 1,450 people and the total number of learners supported on this contract will have exceeded 3,100 by the end of March 2019.

“However, it is vital that core skills are achieved in primary and secondary school, so that people can enter the employment work-ready, as poor numeracy skills cost the UK economy more than £20 billion per year.”

Case study – Watkins Group

The Watkins Group, a leading building services contractor in the south had two members of staff in its administration team who had excellent administrative skills, but lacked confidence when tackling tasks that required mathematical skills.

Both were enrolled onto the Functional Skills Maths Course (Skills Support for the Workforce (SSW), Supporting skills in the workforce, assessed at being below Level 1). At the end of their study both achieved not only their Level 1, but also their Level 2 Maths qualifications.

“This programme increased the confidence in the two employees and their ability to consider tackling mathematical based queries within their roles,” said a spokesperson for Watkins Group.

Further information about this and other programmes is available at http://www.southeastlep.com/images/uploads/resources/ESF_Overview_for_SELEP_Area_May_2017.pdf

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