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Governance & Assurance

Transparency and accountability are important to us. Find out more about how we give assurance to our stakeholders, how we manage conflicts of interest, and how to get in touch if you're not happy about something.

Governance Structure

View the LEP’s governance structure here.

The terms of reference are available in the pack of appendices to the Assurance Framework.

Assurance Framework

In order to support the process of devolution and give confidence to both local stakeholders and stakeholders in Central Government that appropriate arrangements are in place to deliver, Greater Birmingham & Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership has drawn up this Assurance Framework which sets out the LEP’s operating arrangements, and describes how we will approve, deliver and manage the programme of projects benefitting from Local Growth Funding.

It should be noted that Greater Birmingham & Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership views this Framework as a live document. It is therefore our intention that this Framework is subject to annual review. Agreement for proposed changes to this Framework will be sought from the LEP Board and the Accountable Body, with further endorsement sought from the Supervisory Board.

GBSLEP’s Assurance Framework has been developed to meet the criteria set out in the National Assurance Framework, which can be found here.

Download the GBSLEP Assurance Framework here.

GBSLEP is required to provide a written assurance statement to Government. The latest statement is available here.

Equality & Diversity

The GBSLEP Board is proud to represent one of the most diverse city regions in Europe. As diversity is integral to the strength of our economy, so too is it vital to the performance of the LEP. The LEP Board therefore intends that its own membership and that of its sub-structure is equally diverse and inclusive, with a broad mix of ages, genders, races and sectors in its makeup, and is taking steps to achieve this.

Appointments to the Board are overseen by the Nominations & Governance Committee. When making appointments to the Board, the Committee will consider candidates from a wide range of backgrounds, taking full account of the diversity of Greater Birmingham & Solihull’s population, and has a further duty to make recommendations to the Board concerning its diversity so as to ensure its make-up is reflective of the local business community.

Equality and diversity is a key principle of Birmingham City Council’s staff code of conduct, to which the LEP Executive has agreed to adhere.

LEP Governance & Transparency – Best Practice Guidance

On 24 January 2018 and in response to the Review of LEP Governance and Transparency, Government produced the Local Enterprise Partnership governance and transparency: best practice guidance. The guidance provides a new set of standards to which the LEP is expected to adhere. Some key points are set out below.

Code of Conduct

The GBSLEP Board has agreed to adopt a Code of Conduct, based on the Nolan Principles. The Code of Conduct sets out how all GBSLEP Board Directors will act when carrying out their roles with GBSLEP, including how they will register and declare their interests.

To see the Code of Conduct, click here

Complaints

GBSLEP has agreed a Complaints & Confidential Complaints Procedure, which sets out how complaints, confidential complaints and anonymous complaints can be raised; how those complaints will be handled; and where they will be escalated if the complainant is dissatisfied with GBSLEP’s response.

To see the complaints procedure, click here

Whistleblowing

GBSLEP has agreed a Whistleblowing procedure that sets out how concerns about GBSLEP’s conduct – and the conduct of Board Directors and staff members – can be raised.

To see the Whistleblowing procedure, click here