Worcestershire LEP seeks new blood

Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership is on the hunt for new candidates to refresh and rebalance its Business Board and is looking for enthusiastic, knowledgeable individuals with a commitment to the county to put themselves forward.

LEP chairman Peter Pawsey said: “We currently have five positions to fill on the Business Board itself plus a number of other opportunities to contribute via our various action sub groups.  I would urge owners and executives from businesses across the whole county to put their names forward.

“The Business Board plays a vital role and is effectively our main sounding board.

“It has been very successful to date but, with time and the pressure of business, vacancies crop up.  We are now seeking new people to refresh and rebalance the Board and to bring wider expertise to the important work of the task to finish and sub groups that are so important to the work of the LEP.

“Anyone with a business background will be considered and we would particularly welcome applications from ethnic minority groups and women.

“The purpose of the Business Board is for key business interests in Worcestershire to come together in one forum and contribute their diverse perspectives, knowledge, expertise and ideas in order to support flourishing enterprise. So we need representatives ranging from FTSE companies to SMEs and from chief executives to sole proprietors.”

The Business Board comprises 18 private sector representatives plus one each representing the Federation of Small Businesses, Institute of Directors and Chamber of Commerce.

It meets four to six times a year or more frequently as required and its task is to address the big issues and solutions that would stimulate business growth and create jobs in the local economy. Business Board members nominate four representatives onto the main LEP Board which shapes the overall business plan, strategic ambitions and delivery.

The LEP Business Board maintains a geographical and sector spread of business interests taking in agriculture/horticulture; banking, financial and professional services; care sector; development and construction; food and drink; knowledge base/technology; manufacturing; retail; social enterprise/voluntary sector; and tourism and leisure.

It is not a decision-making body but acts in an advisory capacity, informing and influencing the decisions of the LEP Board.

“There is a two way relationship,” explained Mr Pawsey. “The Business Board steers matters of business concern to the LEP Board and it will also be asked directly for advice by the LEP Board on matters where a business sector perspective is required.

“The scope of the Business Board includes providing business leadership and expertise in supporting enterprise and economic growth, influencing policy-making in areas that impact on wealth creation in Worcestershire, being a collective business voice in Worcestershire, and supporting a co-ordinated approach to local enterprise, job creation and economic growth initiatives.  The work of the task to finish and sub groups further supports these key tasks.

“These are unpaid non-executive roles requiring a maximum of between one and two days a month.”

Business Board members serve a three year term at the end of which they may either step down or seek re-election for a maximum period of a further two years.

Applications, comprising a current CV plus a covering letter highlighting your particular expertise and experience, together with a statement of your interests and potential contribution, should be sent to Worcestershire LEP Executive Director, Gary Woodman, (gary.woodman@wlep.co.uk) by Friday September 21.

For further information Mr Woodman can be contacted on 01905 346180.