Had a great morning yesterday when I got to meet some of the team responsible for the development of the LEGI programme in North East Lincolnshire – and got to enjoy the splendour of Cleethorpes!
So what impressed me about the e-factor approach?
- The enthusiasm and belief about what could be achieved in North East Lincolnshire
- The commitment to real outreach work (facilitating an understanding of enterprise rather than trying to sell services and facilities)
- A commitment to develop the demand for enterprise services before investing in too much infrastructure (an ambitious property development programme is underway – but only after the outreach and adviser teams have already got some hungry and ambitious clients)
- The functional, astute and prosaic approach to developing property – this is about affordability, commerciality, sustainability and flexibility – not about signature buildings and grand statements
- The close integration of all parts of the delivery team – most of the key staff work for a single social enterprise. They share an office and have a close commitment to, and history with the communities they serve
- There is a real sense of ‘shared destiny’ across the various strands of project development – a real recognition of how success in all aspects will be critical to the success of the project as a whole
- Some really great case studies of significant progress already made to transform the lives of clients – these will provide a strong platform for developing an excellent reputation where it matters – in target communities.
Big thanks to Charlotte, Tony, Matt and Paul for spending time with me. I am really interested to see how things develop in North East Lincolnshire.