Governance, Decision Making and FAQs
New Anglia LEP is committed to accountability and transparency of decision-making.
Our Assurance Framework covers how our board is formed and governed, how our decisions are made and how our programmes are funded and managed. The Assurance Framework also provides the Government with assurance that the LEP is operating correctly. New Anglia’s Articles of Association explain our purpose as well as our duties and responsibilities.
New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) is one of 38 LEPs across the country. It was set up in 2011 and is a partnership between local authorities, the education sector and businesses. Its aim is to lead economic growth and job creation in the local area. New Anglia LEP covers the two counties of Norfolk and Suffolk.
The LEP is led by a Board. The Board is made up of leaders from business, education and local authorities across Norfolk and Suffolk. Find out more about our Board here. We publish a Register of Interests for LEP Board members. Declarations of interests are also recorded in the minutes of the monthly Board Meeting and are managed in accordance with our Conflicts of Interest Policy.
The LEP Board is also the decision-making body for areas covered by its Sub boards and committees. The Board is supported by the LEP’s executive team, who oversee the day-to-day delivery of projects. The LEP operates within the terms of an agreement with government – called our Assurance Framework. This sets out the way in which the LEP must make decisions and you can read it in detail here.
The LEP’s accountable body is Suffolk County Council. They are legally accountable for receiving the LEP’s funding, making payments and ensuring that we comply with the Assurance Framework and rules regarding the use of public sector finance.
New Anglia LEP has signed a Growth Deal with Government to invest in projects which will boost the region’s skills, drive innovation, target support to help small businesses to grow and improve transport and infrastructure.
You can find out about the projects funded through our Growth Deal here.
We also offer direct business support and finance. You can find out more about our business funding here.
All of our investments must help us to meet our ambitions to deliver:
• 88,000 more jobs by 2036
• 30,000 new businesses by 2036
• 140,000 new homes by 2036.
All of our funds have their own detailed funding criteria and we assess every application against this criteria. Decisions are made by a funding panel. You can find more information about each of these funds, their criteria and details of how to apply here.
The LEP Board is a business led Board comprised of experienced leaders from the private sector, public sector and education. The Board makes all of the LEP’s significant and strategic decisions, including annual budget and business plans. It also retains overall responsibility for risk and performance.
The LEP Board has also created a number of Sub-Boards and committees which provide specialist input and leadership to the Board on particular areas. These are:
• The New Anglia Local Transport Body provides guidance and leadership with regard to transport-related investment decisions. It also provides recommendations to the LEP board over capital investment projects.
• The New Anglia Skills Board has been established as part of the Greater Ipswich and Greater Norwich City Deals. It provides a focus for decision making and leadership regarding skills and workforce strategy and programmes. It also provides recommendations to the LEP board over capital investment projects.
• The LEP Investment Appraisal Committee provides a strategic assessment of Growing Places Fund projects and makes recommendations on which projects should be approved for funding. It has delegated authority to manage the approvals process for Growing Places Fund projects on behalf of the LEP board.
• The LEP Performance, Risk and Finance Committee is accountable to the LEP Board. It has responsibility for operational management and oversight of the LEP’s Growth Deal and other activities including City Deals, Enterprise Zones and programmes including the Growth Hub, Growing Business Fund and Growing Places Fund. It also manages the LEP’s strategic risk register.
The LEP Board is also the decision-making body for areas covered by its Sub boards and committees and any delegation of decision making by these sub boards and committees must be agreed by the LEP board.
You can read about the decisions which the Board makes in our monthly board papers which are available here.
We ensure that our Board includes representatives from small business and entrepreneurial backgrounds as well as from bigger businesses.
We recognise the key role that SMEs play in our local economy, with 99% of our businesses being SMEs. As a result we have always reserve at least one place on the board for a business representative from the SME community, with a specific remit to represent that community. This role includes liaising with business membership groups such as the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), the Institute of Directors (IoD) and small businesses more widely. Sandy Ruddock and Dominic Keen both represent SMEs on our Board.
The New Anglia Growth Programme Partnership Board is made up of a wide range of organisations, including a number of small business membership groups, so we are able to have an in-depth understanding of the needs of local businesses. The New Anglia Growth Hub, which provides direct support to businesses, provides a key link with the business community and as part of its work gathers the views and concerns of businesses, so we are able to improve the services that we provide and help other delivery partners to do the same.
If you’d like support to grow or establish your business, please get in touch with our Growth Hub which offers free help and advice to businesses via the telephone, online, and through a team of professional Business Growth Advisors.
We also have LEP Sector Groups, which are business-led sector groups covering the key industries with potential for growth in the LEP’s local area. The groups operate at arm’s length from the LEP board and are responsible for developing insight into the priorities and needs of their sector, and championing action from the LEP and others to support these priorities. You can find out more here.
Private sector board members are recruited when vacancies arise. These vacancies are advertised on our website and in the local press.
If you have any questions about our governance or decision making, please contact us.
You can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively you can call our main office on 01603 510070.
As a Company Limited by Guarantee we are not formally subject to the Freedom of Information Act 2005. However we recognise the importance of accountability and transparency and voluntarily adhere to this legislation. We respond to Freedom of Information requests in the same way as organisations which are formally bound by the legislation and always seek to make information available wherever possible. FOI requests should be sent to email@example.com
The Director’s Report and Financial Statements are set out in our Year End Accounts:
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