Cumulus Consultants was commissioned by Natural England (on behalf of the Defra Network) to roll out the Local Environment and Economic Development (LEED) Toolkit for a number of Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) across England.
During the five month project over 2013/14, Cumulus delivered LEED Level 1 across four LEPs (Heart of the South West, Gloucestershire, The Black Country and D2N2 (Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire)) and LEED Level 2 for Gloucestershire LEP (GFirst).
LEED Level 1 involved co-ordinating and facilitating a workshop involving a range of economic and environmental stakeholders; opportunities and threats were identified and potential solutions scoped out; a brief report was then produced. LEED Level 2 took the process further with desk-top research, interviews with key local experts, two workshops and a more detailed report. We also helped deliver follow-on training in other regions.
Key findings arising from the Gloucestershire Level 2 report included:
Key recommendations include:
The LEED Level 1 and 2 reports for Gloucestershire, and general information on the LEED toolkit can be accessed here:
You did an excellent job, and the LEED workshops are a challenging thing to deliver. We particularly valued your open and clear communications, being willing to pick up additional work where the project needed further input. It’s been a pleasure working with you.