• Tuesday 27 Aug 2013

     

     

    Our voice of Buckinghamshire Business this week is:
    Jason Smith, UK PLC Chief Executive Officer


    When you think of Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) it is likely that phrases such as "social inclusion", "social innovation" or "community lead local development" have only just recently sprung to mind. Anyone attending The LEP Network conference in April 2013 – a gathering of the key influencers in the "LEPiverse" - heard Mark Prisk MP talking about the role of LEPs in developing strategies for the allocation of European Funds[i]. Interestingly, following this a panel of LEP Chairs was asked by an audience member what LEPs were intending to do for Voluntary Community Sector (VCS)[ii] organisations. The stark answer from the panel was "nothing".

     

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