Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership (WLEP) has the opportunity for new members to join its Business Board and is searching for enthusiastic and knowledgeable business representatives with a commitment to Worcestershire.

The purpose of the WLEP Business Board is for key business interests in Worcestershire to come together in one forum and contribute diverse business perspectives, knowledge and expertise to support flourishing enterprise.

The Business Board is an important part of the WLEP governance arrangements and provides a sounding board for advice and feedback to the Board to ensure that the voices of local businesses are heard, as well as being a conduit to facilitate wider engagement with leaders in the business, public and third sector communities.

The Business Board comprises 21 private sector representatives from varying business sizes and sectors as well as the main business representative organisations. The WLEP Business Board meets 6 times a year (or more frequently as required) to address the big issues and solutions that would stimulate business growth and create jobs in the local economy.

These are unpaid non-executive roles requiring a maximum of between one and two days a month. It is not a decision-making body but acts in an advisory capacity, informing and influencing the decisions of the WLEP Board.

The WLEP Business Board maintains a geographical and sector spread of business interests across its membership, each of whom are either key Worcestershire employers or representative of small-medium size businesses that have the ambitions to consolidate the position and influence of Worcestershire’s private sector. Business Board members serve a three year term at the end of which they may either step down or seek re-election for a maximum period of a further two years.

Mark Martin, Chair of the Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership’s Business Board, said: “The Business Board forms part of a two way relationship with the WLEP Board, is able to steer matters of business concern and provide its business perspective when required.

“The Business Board has been very successful to date and we are now seeking additional business representatives to bring wider expertise. We currently have vacancies and I would encourage business representatives from across the County to apply for this fantastic opportunity.”

To apply for Business Board membership, please send a current CV plus a covering letter highlighting your particular expertise and experience, together with a statement of your interests and potential contribution to diane.dwyers@wlep.co.uk by Friday 4 March 2016. If you have any queries, please contact Gary Woodman, Executive Director of Worcestershire LEP on 01905 672700.

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