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Capacity building

Capacity building

Capacity building and faciliation

Sharing our knowledge and experience is part of our business philosophy.

GENECON works collaboratively with the public and private sectors, and directly with communities, to build local capacity to overcome challenges and enable more efficient delivery, as well as ensuring knowledge sharing to improve local outcomes.

The new localism agenda is shifting responsibility for the planning and delivery of development and regeneration from local authorities, to communities and others, including the private sector.

Local authorities are now becoming service enablers not purely delivers - requiring new skills and competencies, and communities are being empowered for local delivery - an equally steep learning curve.

We have:

  • advised Black Country LEP and Leeds City Region LEP on the establishment of a programme office and project appraisal framework for Local Growth Fund and other funding streams;
  • prepared the project appraisal framework for Sheffield City Region's Investment Fund;
  • designed and run workshops for local authority officers on Business Case preparation;
  • worked with communities to establish capacity to develop and deliver regeneration projects, including in East Kent and, through the Town Team mechanism, in East Yorkshire;
  • managed the development and delivery of Regeneration Academies for local authority officers in Bradford and York;
  • provided interim management for Yorkshire Forward, ONE North East, and Integreat Yorkshire;
  • delivered bespoke project appraisal training for public agencies, including for Yorkshire Forward and ONE NorthEast;
  • facilitated events at key stages of strategy development, investment planning and project delivery, including stakeholder workshops and local consultation events;
  • developed leadership propositions for economic strategy management, such as in Sunderland and Derby;
  • provided a 'critical friend' role to senior managers in public agencies.