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Strategic partnerships

We are committed to working with partners in many different areas at both a local and a West of England level.

At the highest level sits the South Gloucestershire Partnership (SGP) our local strategic partnership. The partnership brings together many different organisations to work with the community to identify and tackle key issues in a more co-ordinated way which enables both strategic decisions and local action. Members of the partnership come from voluntary and community groups, local businesses, the council and other public sector agencies.

Under the SGP sit three themed strategic partnerships:

  • Health and well-being
  • Economy and skills
  • Safer and Stronger communities

These strategic partnerships establish a strategic direction for their themes; co-ordinate and help deliver actions that support the development of South Gloucestershire as ’a great place to live and work’; deliver the priorities of the Sustainable Community Strategy which relate to their themes and make recommendations to the SGP, the Council and other partner organisations on matters relating to the achievement of Sustainable Community Strategy objectives. They work together and deal with cross cutting issues such as biodiversity, carbon reduction, elements of localism, the environment, and children and young people in varying degrees alongside their thematic work.

Below these strategic partnerships sit locality or further themed partnerships which provide local expertise and delivery.

The purpose, aims and functions are set out in the partnership frameworks for each partnership which have been approved and adopted by each partnership.

Each partnership produces an annual report on its work and achievements which is issued to all organisations represented on the partnership

The Sustainable Community Strategy

The purpose of the Sustainable Community Strategy is to set out a strategic vision for South Gloucestershire which reflects local views, and is owned by all partners on the SGP.

The strategy aims to find the best ways of meeting today’s requirements without damaging the ability of future generations to meet their needs and is committed to making sure that in 2036 South Gloucestershire is a place where everyone is fulfilling their potential and experiencing an excellent quality of life. It is monitored by the annual Quality of Life report.

Partnership framework

The council is involved in many partnerships and our involvement is guided by the corporate partnership framework which sets out our strategy for the way we work in partnership.

West of England Partnership

The four unitary authorities in the West of England – South Gloucestershire Council, Bath & North East Somerset Council, Bristol City Council and North Somerset Council – work with a range of social, economic and environmental partners to co-ordinate high level planning to improve the quality of life of West of England residents and provide for a growing population.

The Partnership was formed to focus on things that are better planned at the West of England level, rather than at the level of the individual council areas. One example is major transport schemes, which have an impact on the West of England as a whole and which may cross the council boundaries.

West of England Local Enterprise Partnership

The West of England Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) Board brings together the leaders of the four local authorities – South Gloucestershire Council, Bath & North East Somerset Council, Bristol City Council and North Somerset Council – with key leaders from business and from one of our four world-class universities. This influential mix of Board members provides strong strategic leadership, to prioritise and take actions and make a real difference to facilitating the right conditions for sustainable economic growth and the creation of substantial numbers of new private sector jobs in the West of England. The LEP Board is supported by a number of Sector groups which are working to deliver these priorities.

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