UK Government funds the UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF) as part of its Levelling agenda. Local authorities distribute the fund for delivery across the UK.
Capital City Partnership is an arms-length body working with partners to tackle inequality and poverty. We provide the programme management office for UKSPF Edinburgh. Our core values are partnership, excellence, integrity, and innovation.
The team work in partnership with the City of Edinburgh Council and the UK Government, to deliver the UK Shared Prosperity Fund Programme.
The total funding within Edinburgh, including delivery of the Multiply programme, is almost £12.4m. Edinburgh's allocated funding allows 31 projects to deliver on the three investment priorities: Communities and Place, Supporting Local Business, and People and Skills.
The UKSPF team works closely with each project to provide contract management for providers and ensure projects complement each other.
Edinburgh UKSPF projects submit quarterly reports, recording their outcomes and outputs using the Helix Management Information System where relevant.
Philip Ritchie - Business Growth and Inclusion Contract and Programme Manager
Philip is the Business Growth and Inclusion Contract and Programme Manager at the City of Edinburgh Council. He has oversight of contracts and grants that are managed by Capital City Partnership, including the UK Shared Prosperity Fund.
He has over two decades of experience of working in skills and employability in the statutory sector.
Philip led the commissioning of the UK Shared Prosperity Fund Edinburgh projects, designed to deliver on the three investment priorities: Communities and Place, Supporting Local Business, and People and Skills.
He also worked on the creation of the Edinburgh UKSPF investment plan.
Dr Kate Kelman - Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Capital City Partnership
Kate is Deputy Chief Executive at Capital City Partnership and she has oversight of all contracts and grants that we manage, including UK Shared Prosperity Fund.
Kate has over two decades of experience of working in skills and employability in the voluntary and statutory sectors. She is particularly interested in the opportunity that UKSPF affords to work collaboratively across the City to alleviate poverty and foster community wellbeing.
She is keen that providers within the programme have lots of occasions to network and share best practice.
Out of work, Kate is an active member of her local book group and is kept busy by her schnoodle, Molly.
Georgina Bowyer - UK Shared Prosperity Fund Manager
Leading the UKSPF Edinburgh team, Georgina is passionate about maximising the potential of grant funding to deliver meaningful projects for individuals and communities.
Georgina’s professional experience incorporates grant management and events and communications work, as well as policy and research, where she had a particular focus on fair work, digital inclusion and the future of public libraries.
She has two young children and in her spare time is mostly found exploring local parks and beaches.
Zoe Brownlee - UK Shared Prosperity Fund Programme Officer
Zoe works as the UK Shared Prosperity Programme Officer providing support and ensuring the projects feel comfortable with reporting and compliance.
She is particularly interested in continuously developing her knowledge of compliance and auditing. Previously, Zoe has worked in employability for just over 6 years, primarily in supported employment, focussing on equality and diversity for clients, employers, and stakeholders.
Zoe has a focus on fair working practices and ensuring employers and providers feel supported to employ people with additional barriers.
In her spare time she enjoys exploring new parts of Scotland with her chocolate Labrador puppy Milo, as well as attending spin cycle classes in the evenings!
Jessie Colligan - UK Shared Prosperity Fund Programme Administrator
Jessie has recently joined Capital City Partnership and works within the UK Shared Prosperity team. Previously, Jessie worked in employability for 2 years and completed an apprenticeship.
Jessie is leading administration and digital communications through the creation of a website and SharePoint for the UKSPF Edinburgh Network.
She will also be creating content for the UKSPF blog with case studies and photographs from projects, Capital City Partnership social media and a UKSPF Edinburgh newsletter.
Jessie in her spare time enjoys going to the cinema and being active by going to Pilates and walking.