BECOMING A SOLENT BUSINESS MEMBER
Please note that if you are intending to apply for the role of Solent LEP Chair, your business will need to be a Business (B) Member of Solent Local Enterprise Partnership Ltd. As such, if your business is not currently a Solent LEP Member, you will need to apply for membership at the same time as submitting an application for the role of Solent LEP Chair. If your business is an existing B Member of Solent LEP Ltd, and you, or a senior person within your business, would like to be considered for a position as an LEP Director, you will not need to complete a new application for Membership form
The following section will provide an overview of key information in relation to becoming a Member of Solent LEP Ltd. Full details in relation to membership of Solent LEP Ltd can be found in our Articles of Association. It is recommended that you review these before applying for membership. Our Articles are published at the following link: https://solentlep.org.uk/media/2645/articles-of-association.pdf
Company Structure of Solent Local Enterprise Partnership Ltd
The Solent Local Enterprise Partnership has been registered as a company, limited by guarantee and it was incorporated on 18 March 2011. The Company has three categories of Membership:
- B Membership – for businesses
- P Membership – for local authorities and planning authorities
- H Membership – for higher education institutions
The Directors are responsible for delivering the strategic goals of the Solent LEP and, again at Board level, the LEP is business led.
The Solent LEP Board consists of 16 Directors. This is made up of:
- 9 Business (B) Directors - Including the Chair of the Solent LEP
- 5 Local Authority (P) Directors
- 1 Higher Education (H) Director
- 1 Executive (E) Director who is also the Solent LEP Chief Executive.
Benefits of becoming a Solent LEP Member
Each B member has the right to exercise one vote in relation to members’ resolutions (including changes to the Company’s Articles of Association), and;
The B Membership from time to time, as a class, the exclusive right, by simple majority vote, to appoint, remove and replace up to nine Company Directors (the B Directors); including the LEP Chair and, if invited to do so by the directors, the Deputy Chair.
In addition, business members have the opportunity to become directly involved in the work of the Solent LEP in many ways; including supporting the forum and panels that support the LEPs work. Further details on the Solent LEP priority areas of work can be found in our 2019/20 Delivery Plan available here: https://solentlep.org.uk/media/2666/solent-lep-delivery-plan-may-2019.pdf
A map of the Solent LEP region can be found at: https://solentlep.org.uk/the-solent/map
Eligibility for Membership
If you wish to apply for Business Membership of the Solent LEP, your business must be eligible against the following criteria. The Business must:
- be currently undertaking professional, business or other commercial activities with a view to profit within the Solent LEP region (including organisations that re-invest profit or surplus revenue into their organisation or the LEP region or community);
- not be a representative organisation;
- and, be prepared to support the work of the Solent LEP through fielding a senior representative for consideration as a Solent LEP Business Director (see section 3 of this document for details), field representatives for Solent LEP Panels / Forum, field representatives to support one of our programmes such as joining our Enterprise Adviser Network, or contribute to the work of the LEP in other ways such as donation of services or hosting of meetings/events etc.
Liabilities of Members
The liability of LEP members is limited. Please note that there is no cost or membership subscription fee associated with Solent LEP Membership. However, members will be required to promise, if the company is dissolved while he or she or it is, as applicable, a member, or within twelve months after he or she or it ceases to be a member, to contribute such sum (not exceeding £1.00) as may be demanded of him or her or it towards the payment of the debts and liabilities of the company incurred before he or she or it ceases to be, as applicable, a member or an associate member and the costs charges and expenses of winding up, and the adjustment of the rights of the contributories among themselves.
How to apply for Business Membership
If you would like to apply to become a Business Member of the Solent LEP, please send us:
- A completed expression of interest in membership form with key information (form available at https://solentlep.org.uk/media/2737/b-member-application-form.doc, including an outline of how your business would be prepared to support the LEP).
Please email your completed expression of interest form to firstname.lastname@example.org
You will receive an email reply confirming receipt within 3 working days.
Please note that documents submitted as part of your membership application will be shared with Solent LEP Search, Employment and Remuneration Committee in order to assess your application against the eligibility criteria above.
If you are putting forward a candidate for election to the role of LEP Chair, you will need to submit individual candidate information / documents at the same time as your membership documents. Further information on this is included in section 1 and 2.
PLEASE NOTE THE CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS IS 23:59 ON FRIDAY 31st JANUARY 2020
Process and Timetable
All applications received before the deadline will be screened by the Solent LEP Search, Employment and Remuneration Committee to ensure eligibility against the criteria outlined in this document. The Panel will confirm the eligibility of the Business against the eligibility criteria above.
You will be notified via email of the outcome of these eligibility checks and, if deemed eligible, sent a formal Application for Membership Form which you will need to sign and return to us by the deadline published below in order to confirm your membership of Solent LEP Ltd.
All B Members of the Solent LEP will be eligible to vote in the election of a new LEP Chair from amongst the shortlisted candidates. Further information in relation to the LEP Chair election process is available here.
|Closing date for applications:
||Friday 31 January 2020 (Applications after 12am will not be accepted)
|Eligibility checks on applications:
||w/c Monday 3 February 2020
|Applicants notified of outcome of eligibility checks (and eligible new B Member applicants sent joining documentation)
||Monday 10 February 2020
|Deadline for return of membership and application documentation for new B Member applicants:
||Friday 21 February 2020