Local Enterprise Partnership Good Practice Guide

Introduction

For most businesses it is the private sector which can best provide the most professional customer focussed help for small firms and the government’s role is to facilitate that help and make the market work better for business. The government is continuing to drive a simpler approach to the support that it offers and provide a framework businesses can understand and navigate.

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) have simplified the Government funded offer for business improvement by introducing a streamlined Solutions for Business (SfB) portfolio with a much clearer focus on improving business performance and growth. The portfolio will be targeted at activities where a Government lead is required, for example, on supporting complex trade deals and challenging technology developments. The SfB page on the BIS website provides information on all of the products within the Solutions for Business Portfolio.

Local enterprise partnerships have a very important role in supporting enterprise and businesses in their areas. Their role in bringing together public and private partners, under business leadership and at a local level, means that they will be well placed to develop strategies and take action on a range of issues.

Local enterprise partnerships will be able to harness local businesses and partners to support enterprise activities and respond to local demand.

Aim of the Good Practice Guide

The Government made a commitment in Local Growth: Realising Every Place’s Potential to share work that has already been undertaken with business on the Solutions for Business portfolio to assist those developing business improvement activity locally. This saves local enterprise partnerships having to develop these materials for themselves and will also help the broader business community by ensuring more consistency in the way such help is offered and described.

The aim of this on-line Good Practice Guide is to make materials available and share work that has already been carried out with business on the Solution for Business portfolio. This guide includes information that can easily adapted and used by local enterprise partnerships and other organisations who are designing or delivering business improvement activity.

For further information regarding this good practice guide, access to BIS’ branding templates or product descriptors, please contact the SfB team at SfB@bis.gov.uk

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