New Anglia Local Enterprise chair Doug Field has used his address to the LEP’s AGM challenged economic leaders in Norfolk and Suffolk to find the ‘game-changing’ ideas that can supercharge the delivery of jobs, homes and economic growth for our two counties.
In front of an audience of more than 100 leaders from business, local authorities and education, Doug reflected upon a year of working with partners across the East to grow our economy, create jobs and improve skills, as the LEP hosted its Annual General Meeting at The International Aviation Academy-Norwich.
The AGM was also an opportunity to look to the future, setting out the LEP’s ambitions and providing more detail of the plans to deliver the Economic Strategy for Norfolk and Suffolk.
Closing the meeting, LEP chair Doug Field challenged the audience to help deliver the ambitions of the Norfolk and Suffolk Economic Strategy through collaboration across borders and industrial sectors, but also to search for the game-changing ideas that will ‘supercharge’ that delivery:
“We can continue working in the way we always have, and simply work harder. Or we can ask ourselves “is there another, better way?” So often the answer to that question comes from business – from entrepreneurs, risk takers. So what can we do that’s not been done before to effect a significant shift towards our strategic objectives and deliver material impact on our ambitions?”
For the first time this year, the LEP has produced an Annual Review to coincide with the AGM, providing a snapshot of all programmes and projects within one publication. Highlights include:
- £22m approved through the LEP’s Growth Deal with Government,
- £39.6m unlocked in private investment
- £3.5m awarded in business support funding
- 309 learners and apprentices supported
You can read the full Annual Review here: www.newanglia.co.uk/annual-review-2018/
Here is a video summarising the previous 12 months of the LEP, looking back at the highlights of the year: