During July the North East Social Enterprise is writing a response to the two North East Local Enterprise Partnerships who need to prepare their submissions for the EU Structuiral Funds Programme 2014-2020 by the end of September 2013. Use the form below to contribute to the North East Social Enterprise Partnerships response.
DEADLINE EXTENDED: Please respond by Friday 9 August
Please read the following notes that will help you to think about your response:
There are two main funds:
- European Social Fund (ESF) which is revenue only and is for human resources (e.g. training, job subsidy)
- European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) which is revenue and capital and covers a broad range of regeneration activities, from premises to loans to enterprise advice.
The Department for Business Innovation and Skills is leading on plans for the next European Programme for England. There will be an overall English Strategy for ESF and ERDF with the 39 Local Enterprise Partnerships leading and developing a European Strategy for their local area.
There are some strong messages we need take into account in considering ideas for programmes
The EU European Strategy, Europe 2020, puts forward three mutually reinforcing priorities:
- Smart growth: Developing an economy based on knowledge and innovation
- Sustainable growth: Promoting a more resource efficient, green and more competitve economy
- Inclusive growth: Fostering a high-employment economy delivering social and territorial cohesion
The Common Strategic Framework focuses on 11 themes
The two regional Local Enterprise Partnerships have begun to shape their priorities in each theme.
By way of example we have tried to suggest some of the opportunities for social enterprise, to help start your thinking:
|Innovation||Targeted on the regions strengths and the areas that can deliver the greatest return. For social enterprise opportunities could include but are not limited to: offshore technology, low carbon, digital and technology, electric vehicles, social innovation(responding to market failure)|
|ICT||For social enterprise opportunities could include but are not limited to: digital sector, broadband connectivity, e-services (access and delivery)|
|SME competitiveness||Targeted on the greatest opportunities for sustainable growth. For social enterprise opportunities could include but are not limited to: business support, access to finance, business start up, business space (e.g. incubation), supply chain opportunities, international markets, business replication, social franchising, cooperative growth models.|
|Low Carbon||Building on the regions recognised strengths in low carbon and renewable technologies.For social enterprise opportunities could include but are not limited to:electric vehicles, offshore wind, low carbon, sustainable energy, rural and heritage assets, recycling schemes|
|Environment and Resource Efficiency|
|Sustainable Transport||For social enterprise opportunities could include but are not limited to: sustainable forms of transport|
|Employment||Meeting the employment needs in high value businesses and the North East’s growth sectors. Particular focus on those furthest away from the labour market For social enterprise opportunities could include but are not limited to: improving work readiness to reflect employment opportunities, public sector spin out, young people who are NEET, skills development, lifelong learning|
|Social Inclusion||Particular focus on deprived communities, young people who are NEET and equality of access.For social enterprise opportunities could include but are not limited to: employment support to long term unemployed, building community resilience, reducing work poverty, vulnerable people and families, economic inclusion, credit unions, social investment market, social entrepreneurs|
|Education/Skills||Addressing skills gaps at all ages For social enterprise opportunities could include but are not limited to: employment support, apprenticeships, enterprise curriculum, employability skills, enterprise curriculum|
|Institutional Capacity||Unlikely to be potential in the north east?|
There are a number of other stated intentions relevant to social enterprise:
- Expected outcomes are delivering more and better jobs and enterprises as well as encouraging growth
- Simplification, localism and a greater role for social enterprise which is recognised as having the greatest untapped potential for growth
- Focus on making better what we already have
- There is an intention to support social innovation (responding to market failure)in the same way that previous support has been given to university spin outs
- Community led local development
Submit your response
Please use the form below to submit your response.
We need you to think beyond your individual organisations and more broadly about how social enterprise can contribute to the identified priorities of the LEPs.
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