Project Development, Business Planning and Bid Writing Case Studies


Funding Bid – Heart of the SW LEP – Growth Deal submissions

Buckman Associates Ltd has supported the Heart of the SW LEP with its Growth Deal 1 and Growth Deal 3 submissions. Growth Deals provide funds to Local Enterprise Partnerships or LEPs (partnerships between the private sector, local authorities, universities and colleges) for projects that benefit the local area and economy.

In Growth Deal 1, Buckman Associates Ltd worked with the LEP’s core team and leadership groups to identify a portfolio of projects to include in the bid. Whilst project sponsors provided outline business cases for each project, Emma supported the process by drafting a bid document, which summarised the LEP’s ask of Government.

This bid secured £130.3m of central Government investment (Local Growth Fund) into the Heart of the SW LEP area, as well as wider commitments from Government departments to work in new ways. Independent analysis of all 39 Growth Deals, conducted by Regeneris Ltd, shows that the deal achieved by the Heart of the SW is ranked 9th out of 39 LEPs in England.

For Growth Deal 3, Buckman Associates Ltd worked with the LEP core team as well as an external design team to prepare the LEP’s ask of Government This resulted in a £43.57m deal, announced by Local Government Secretary Sajid Javid on the 23rd of February, the second highest award in the South West of England.

“Emma has played an instrumental role in securing vital resources to support growth across the Heart of the SW area. She is a logical thinker, with an eye for detail necessary for producing quality bid documents. Emma’s friendly but professional approach means she quickly becomes part of the team!”

Chris Garcia, CEO Heart of the SW LEP



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