How LENs works

LENs works by establishing and managing a regional trading system of collaborative value chains, each driving specific landscape outcomes for different groupings of businesses.

This system is established through three steps:

Step 1

Network Opportunity Analysis

This involves a systematic process for understanding which sectors in a region have most at stake as a result of landscape performance, which landscape assets underpin that performance, and where there are cross- overs in interest for different businesses or sectors in the same landscape assets. Importantly, the objective here isn’t about building up a comprehensive picture or plan.  It’s about using data, intelligence and insight to identify the most promising place to start building a network.

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Step 2

The Basic Operating Unit – a collaborative value chain

This step focuses on building a first ‘anchor’ value chain.  In essence, the process involves working with ‘demand side’ interests to define a common specification for services; with the ‘supply side’ to define a service proposition; and then working with both to broker a deal. In our experience the supply side can work best when coordinated through ‘supply aggregators’, who help land enterprises to work together as a group and create a joined-up proposition.

Step 3

Growing and formalising the regional network

Building a functioning first anchor value chain creates momentum and interest, and leads naturally to both extending the first value chain – by attracting more customers and suppliers – and building the next. It is at this point that some form of organisational infrastructure, and governance, is required to manage and broker trades in an equitable, transparent, and locally accountable manner.  This is an active area of development for the LENs programme.

How LENs is being developed

LENs is being developed through a set of live collaborations and projects across the UK. These ‘LENs Laboratories’ are at various stages on the three-step process described above. They include rural, urban and peri-urban landscapes, and involve interests from a range of sectors including water utilities, food manufacturers, property developers and local authorities.

The LENs Laboratories provide a practical format within which to develop and prove the LENs process, as well as a range of ancillary capabilities – for instance identifying, evidencing, and agreeing landscape interventions, working with trading platforms, exploring monitoring and auditing functions, and developing practically grounded governance models.

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Southwest Scotland

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Cumbria

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Yorkshire

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Bolton

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Bristol

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Wiltshire

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