The Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership (LLEP) recently held a very successful Annual European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) event on October 19th 2017 at City Hall, Leicester. Part-funded through the LLEP’s ERDF / ESF Technical Assistance Projects the event was attended by over 100 guest partners, stakeholders and providers, to celebrate the success of the LLEP’s European Funding Programme 2014-20 to date, with the aim of sharing good practice as well as offering the opportunity for delegates to hear about future funding opportunities.
The interactive event was opened by Mike Durban, LLEP Head of Strategy, and showcased some of the successful initiatives that have been supported to date through our £104m European & Structural Investment Fund Programme. Guests had the opportunity to network with those already involved in delivering effective projects.
A packed agenda included key speakers such as
- Lewis Stringer (Midlands Engine Investment fund)
- John Fordham (Loughborough University)
- Mathew Mace (Leicester City Council)
- Mary-Louise Harrison (LLEP)
- Fiona Baker (LLEP)
- Jenny Hand (Prospects)
- Joanne Ives (Leicester City Council)
There was also a delegate workshop partway through the event for attendees to consider and make suggestions on:
- How LLEP area ERDF and ESF projects could work closer together?
- How we can ensure that equalities and sustainability are at the heart of the LLEP ERDF / ESF activity?
Feedback from the event was extremely positive, with the majority of attendees advising that they found the event to be excellent or very good. The blend of presentations, networking, bringing ERDF and ESF together, and case studies were also very valued. This feedback and the workshop input has been collated and will inform future joint ERDF/ESF activity and further events and hence will benefit our activities going forward. In addition, Joseph Allen, ESIF Committee member with responsibility for equalities introduced himself and invited projects / potential applicants to meet with him to discuss how they could better implement equalities into their projects / activities.
To date over £70 million has been committed through our ESIF Strategy, supporting 30 projects delivering some amazing activity. This success has enabled us to secure an additional £90 million investment for Leicester and Leicestershire. Going forward the LLEP will be releasing further Calls across all 3 funding streams in order to commit 100% of their ESIF Programme prior to the UK leaving the EU in March 2019.
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