Welwyn Hatfield Alliance

Welwyn Hatfield

The Welwyn Hatfield Alliance (LSP) is based in Hertfordshire, England.  Members of the Alliance include key public sector organisations, businesses, community groups and voluntary groups who have a shared vision: to improve the quality of life for all in Welwyn Hatfield.

Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council has a key role in economic development and supporting the Welwyn Hatfield Alliance.  The focus of the council is to provide strong community leadership.   This includes helping local people to compete for local jobs and supporting local business at a time when demand for services has increased and budgets are under pressure.

Welwyn Hatfield Council selected Red Potato to develop a 12 month work programme which would attract the involvement of local partners such as Colleges, Housing Trusts, DWP and the LEP. Red Potato project managed the work programme, including coordinating partnership work, communicating progress and demonstrating long term outcomes.

“Red Potato enabled the work programme to happen; by ensuring we stuck to our original vision, building strong relationships with the partners, and communicating with clarity”
Chris Conway Director of Strategy and Development, Welwyn Hatfield Council

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Welwyn Hatfield Alliance Annual Conference 22nd November “Strengthening Partnerships”

Strengthening Parternships, preparing for change Annual Conference at the Focolare Centre, Welwyn Garden City

22nd November

Full Programme details below


Registration and refreshments




Speed dating!


Welfare Reform & Universal Credit briefing:

Gary Vaux

Head of Money Advice Unit

Herts County Council

10.25 Round table responses

Map key issues and themes

11.00 Coffee & Networking


Thriving Families presentation

Sue Chapman & Gareth Morgan

Operational & Programme Managers – Thriving Families

Herts County Council

11.40 Workshop sessions

 Debt & housing

 Health

 Economy & employment

 Key theme from morning session

12.20 Facilitators feedback


Lunch & networking

The Welwyn Hatfield Alliance

invites you to its free

Half-Day Annual Conference

‘Lets talk Welfare Reform’

Strengthening partnerships, preparing for change’


22 November 2012

9.15am to 2.00pm


Focolare Centre,

69 Parkway,

Welwyn Garden City,

Herts AL8 6JG

To book a place at the Annual Conference

Please complete the tear-off slip and return to:

Sue Cave, Alliance Co-ordinator, Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council,

Council Offices, The Campus, Welwyn Garden City, Herts, AL8 6AE.

Or you can email: s.cave@welhat.gov.uk

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How Local Strategic Partnerships can help stimulate (very) local economic change

Much of the economic debate is about the role of Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPS).  LEPs have the critical mass and potential access to resources to drive change and attract major investment to an area.  So what role if any do the Local Strategic Partnerships (LSP) have?  At a time of pressure on public sector finances, some local authorities are wondering what contribution the LSP makes to local wellbeing.   Perhaps one answer is for LSPs to remain hyper local and focus on economic change for individuals and neighbourhoods.    What follows is a brief description of how one LSP has addressed this challenge.

The Welwyn Hatfield Alliance (LSP) is located centrally in Hertfordshire, England.  The Borough includes the new towns of Hatfield and Welwyn Garden City aswell as several large villages, overall the population was estimated to be 114,400 in mid 2010

The Council has had to reduce its overall budget, at a time when demand for some services has increased due to the effects of the economic recession.  The focus of the Council is to provide strong community leadership.   This includes helping local people to compete for local jobs and supporting local business.


Red Potato worked with partners from the Welwyn Hatfield Alliance (Local Strategic Partnership) to bring a new perspective on youth unemployment and entrepreneurship.   The aim was to replace, “silo” based economic development with a business driven campaign to improve the local economy and entrepreneurship.


This is what we have done together:

  1. Set up a work placement scheme in which those on work placement are supported by an accredited mentoring programme
  2. Attracted FTSE100 CEOs to discuss with students their vision for business
  3. Local schools and college students have competed to raise the most money from a business idea for local charities
  4. Engaged local small and medium sized employers in apprenticeship schemes
  5. Attracted new employers to be involved in local Jobs Fairs

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Local Strategic Partnerships

There are some big issues which can’t be adaquately tackled by a single organisation.   Things like reducing youth unemployment, less childhood obesity, and reducing carbon emissions are just too big for one organisation.

Local Strategic Partnerships (LSPs) have an important role in bringing together local agencies who together can bring expertise and insight to the table.

A bit like everyone having a piece of the jigsaw and the picture only becoming clear once the pieces of the jigsaw are shared by the different partners.    Making the LSP work takes time, trust and total commitment; but the rewards are clear to all when members of the LSP work together to deliver on the vision.