HR and Employment Services

South West Councils has extensive experience of providing employment support.
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Our team of professionally qualified and experienced specialists offer high quality independent Employment Advice free to member organisations including:

 We also provide consultancy (at discounted rates to member organisations) on:

Our services are summarised in a leaflet which can be downloaded here.

Members and Meetings

South West Councils: Working for the South West

South West Councils
Bringing together local authority Leaders from the County, Unitary and District councils in the South West.
RMC Jan 2014



Disclosure Barring Online Service

This Service provides a secure online environment with our partners NEREO, to provide a speedy, economical and high quality DBS service based on absolute accuracy and efficiency that will enhance your safeguarding process.

Online DBS enables organisations with a legitimate requirement to ask individuals to apply for disclosures, to gain access top this information quickly and efficiently.

Online Disclosure and Barring System


Councillor Development

CfMD LogoSouth West Charter for Member Development

The Charter for Member Development supports Councils to adopt a structured approach to councillor development and support, and to building elected Member capacity, which is essential for any council dedicated to meeting the needs of its community.

Community LeadershipCommunity Leadership Awards have been designed specifically for Councillors and other Community Leaders:
For more information, click here or call 01823 270101



Annual PA and Executive Assistants Conference 2014
7 October 2014
The Holiday Inn, Taunton
Follow us on @swcouncils for updates about our 2014 Conference
Booking now email us

Don't forget the very popular
SW Coaching and Mentoring Conference 2014
16 July 2014
The Holiday Inn, Taunton

This is nearly fully booked so don't miss your place. Pool coaches, you must book.

For latest press release, click here...

View latest Newsletter here

Learning and Development Services


South West Councils is a long established training provider for local government
staff and Councillors but also more widely to the rest of the public sector,
not-for-profit organisations and the private sector.  Feedback from participants indicates at least an 85% satisfaction rate.

Our team of professionally qualified and experienced specialists offer the following learning and development opportunities but we are always interested in developing new products or tailoring content to meet our customers' requirments and your learning objectives.  Please contact us here.

Most of our events can be delivered on an in-house basis. We will deliver courses on your premises for your staff, or for groups from collaborating organisations.  Our Services are summarised in a leaflet which can be downloaded here.

Full training events schedule

Members and Meetings

Coaching Pool


Coaching PoolWith coaching programmes featuring strongly in organisational strategies and change programmes, we have qualified and experienced coaches, who can provide individual coaching packages but we have also established the South West Coaching Pool to help organisations build internal coaching capacity and to enable managers to access coaches from other partner organisations with a range of different experience and expertise. 

For more information click here


Coaching Conferences and Events

SW Coaching and Mentoring PoolAssociation for Coaching

The  Annual Coaching Conference held on 9 July 2013 in Weston super Mare was very successful. 100% of participants evaluated the learning as having been good and comments included "excellent speakers and workshops" "thank you - a fabulous day!" "an inspiring demonstration for the power of coaching"

The third Annual Conference is being held on 16 July 2014 in Taunton. For details of our coaching CPD click here (to take to a summary page of the events) or look at out list of forthcoming events.


SW Councils News


South West Councils News
The latest news and information from across local government in the region.

  • LGA's 'Setting the Agenda Together' to come to the South West
  • £5.3m for eleven seaside projects in the South West
  • New public health advisory board for national-local issues
  • £1.3m Better Bus Area funding for West of England partnership
  • Dorset County Council's Pride Awards
  • £1.3m transformational funding for six local authorities in the South West
  • South West authorities stand together to stop child exploitation
  • Government closes loophole on village green status
  • Forthcoming Events

To read the latest newsletter click here... 

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Epaycheck: New National Pay Benchmarking Service


Logo Small A secure pay benchmarking facility, developed for the public sector by the public sector. Launched to local authorities across the country in 2012, the service has already attracted more than half of our councils to register for this data sharing service.

Epaycheck is delivered through a nationwide network of Regional Employers' Organisations who provide the front end service in their localities and actively work with their users to collect, monitor and quality assure the data available to report against.

For more information on Epaycheck .....