The Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership (LLEP) is undergoing a refresh of their European Social Fund (ESF) priorities in order to spend the remaining money that has been committed by Central Government. They have procured S4W to lead on the consultation and will be meeting with a variety of providers to develop a strategy for the future funding calls by the end of the summer. The next round of ESF funding is set to be released in September.

About S4W

S4W is a project management and consultancy company that has led a number of consultations for organisations throughout the country. They completed the LLEP’s 2013 Strategic Economic plan and have also completed projects for Leicestershire County Council, Nottingham City Council and Arts Council England. They also have a vast amount of experience working with European Structural Investment Funds (ESIF) in a number of areas including the LLEPS original ESIF Strategy.

Your chance to have a say

This is the Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise sector (VCSE)’s chance to have their say on the priorities they believe should be funded to help those who are the furthest away from labour market to overcome the barriers they face to employment. The VCSE is in a prime position to deliver some of these projects and understand the needs of those they support.

The Technical Assistance team will be holding a forum on 6 June, in partnership with S4W and the LLEP, in order for the VCSE to share their views and knowledge on the priorities that need to be funded. It will also provide an opportunity to network with other providers in order to create partnerships for joint bids ready for September’s calls.