Southern England Local Partners

What SELP does

Southern England Local Partners (SELP) is a membership organisation composed of local authorities, universities, business intermediaries and other organisations from the county geographical areas of Dorset, East Sussex, Hampshire, South Gloucestershire, Surrey and West Sussex.

Services delivered by the office include:

  • an annual Action Plan setting out core activities
  • provision of in-depth, focussed and up-to-date knowledge of relevant EU policy
  • development of strategic contacts, partnerships and networks for exchange of best practice and to enhance the profile of our partners in Europe
  • support for the facilitation of EU funding opportunities for our members

The work of the Brussels office focuses on a number of different priority areas:

  • Brexit and its ramifications for our members in Southern England
  • business, entrepreneurship, R&D and innovation
  • culture and tourism
  • environment and sustainability (including climate change, energy efficiency, water management etc)
  • European Structural & Investment Funds (ESIF)
  • maritime affairs
  • health, well-being and social inclusion
  • skills and education
  • trade
  • transport

The advantages of a Brussels Office

There are approximately 270 regional/ local authority representations in Brussels which provide a front door to the plethora of organisation and contacts throughout Europe. Legislation formulated in Brussels affects all of the European Union and we need to be aware of what is happening and be able to influence this through the various channels at our disposal. This will still be relevant after Brexit as our stakeholders continue to engage with EU entities across a range of areas such as business, culture, education and training, research and innovation etc.

Working with our MEPs, national government and other partners in Brussels, we are able to ensure that SELP members learn more about the emerging opportunities in Europe and are able to plan and act accordingly for the benefit of their own stakeholders.

Partnerships and networks

Through the consortium of partners, SELP has established successful working relationships with:

  • Assembly of European Regions (AER)
  • Channel Arc Manche
  • Airports Regions Conference
  • Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions (CPMR)
  • Eurocities
  • Polis (transport)
  • PURPLE (peri-urban regions)
  • UniLiON (University Liaison Officers Network of Brussels academic representatives)
  • a number of individual regions and other strategic partners across the EU, e.g. via the European Week of Regions & Cities (annual Open Days event)

Funding streams

As a partnership, we have extensive knowledge of a number of European funding programmes including:

  • European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF)
  • Erasmus+ & Creative Europe
  • Horizon 2020 & the SME Instrument
  • Interreg
  • Life
  • Rights, Equality & Citizenship Programme

SELP members have a combined experience of successfully bidding for European funding from the above sources.

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