Your chance to help shape the economic heart of the South West

HotSW is recruiting four new board members. Belief in Unicorns essential (Owl).

Our Local Enterprise Board still seems focussed on delivering its Industrial Strategy to double the 2018 economy in 20 years. This unrealistic and unachievable strategy, four years in the making, has, within two years, been well and truly overtaken by events (dead and buried by Covid-19).

HotSW needs to take a clean sheet of paper and start again, formulating a recovery plan. This time, can we please have something that doesn’t prioritise “build, bulb, build”, that reflects “the new normal” and is economically realistic? 

Running an economy is very different from running a business. Few individuals with have any relevant experience.

From Midweek Herald:

The Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership is looking for four new board directors.

One of 38 LEPs in England, covering Devon, Plymouth, Somerset and Torbay, the LEP is a business-led partnership between the private sector, local authorities, universities and colleges.

Following retirements it is now seeking directors from the private or social enterprise sector.

The new board members will work to strengthen the LEP’s role as the main thought-leader influencing economic development in the HotSW area and deliver the area’s Local Industrial Strategy.

Non-executive directors will be expected to attend Board meetings once every three months and periodic meetings or events related to their areas of expertise to support LEP activity.

Appointments are for three years and would normally be extended for up to a further three-year term. The closing date for applications is 5pm on 14 October.