Growing Business Fund Grant Panel Meeting Minutes (Confirmed)
Wednesday, 13 May 2020 | 10.00am - 12.30pm
Held via conference call on Microsoft Teams
Present - Panel:
Mike Burrows (MB)
Martin Ince (MI)
Martin Ince Communications
Jackie Potter (JP)
Paul Stewart (PS)
Dominic Keen (DK)
Daryl Griffiths (DG)
Burnett Barker Solicitors
Dr Sumathi Sundram (SS)
S&V Consultants Ltd
Julie West (JW)
New Anglia LEP
Rose Joy (RJ)
New Anglia LEP
Neil Sargent (NS)
Stuart Ager (SA)
Amanda Castell (AC)
Actions outstanding | Updates from the meeting: Wednesday, 04 March 2020
Expenditure categories for approved applications in March
- BH to provide update on discussions
with the Companies concerned to refine expenditure categories at the next Growing Business Fund Panel
meeting. JW made the observation that new State Aid Regulations had come into force in the last month
that may impact on this.
Welcome and Introductions
welcomed members and roll call made for attendance purposes. Meeting quorate.
Chris Dashper, New Anglia LEP; Jason Middleton, New Anglia LEP; Barry Henson, Suffolk County
Council; Roberta Willner, Norfolk County Council; Vimmi Hayes, Suffolk County Council
Declarations of Interest and GDPR
Declarations of Interest
- No Declarations of Interest declared.
Meeting Minutes: Panel Meeting held on Wednesday, 04 March 2020
Minutes confirmed with minor amendment - see below.
Dance & Dean Limited
- replace wording to read ‘with one main contractor’.
Terms of Reference (ToR)
JW provided update. Panel asked to note following changes:
Under the section Observers wording revised to read:
Alongside the main Panel members, one New Anglia Growth Hub Adviser is encouraged to attend
the Panel as an observer. To also add in Government officers such as BEIS as Observers.
Under the section Appraisal and Due Diligence wording revised. It used to say adviser which was
confusing with the Growth Hub advisers and their role
With these amendments in place, the ToR were agreed by the Panel. The ToR will now go to the
LEP Investment Appraisal Committee for final sign-off. Once final approval has been given the
ToR will be uploaded onto the LEP website.
Annual review process - clarification required.
Action: JW to find out how the LEP Board carry out their annual review process and adopt
similar to be consistent.
Application to be ratified (1)
A J Hodgsons and Sons Limited
Agreed to support
Approved grant - £82,010
Seven full-time positions to be created.
New Applications for Approval (2)
Mid Anglian Enterprise Agency Limited
MENTA) Limited - Agreed to support
Approved grant - £49,390
Two full-time positions to be created and one apprenticeship.
Crowland Cranes Limited - Agreed to support
Approved Grant: £384,900
19 full-time positions to be created and one apprenticeship.
Note. Classified as a Medium-sized Company under State Aid Regulations, therefore
limited to 10% intervention under GBER
Small Grant Scheme (SGS) Update
JW provided update. See attached Annexe 1 (February 2020 and March 2020)
Nos. of grants
Total Project Costs
JW provided update
Four grants were approved in the month of April (£55,333 grant awarded; total
project costs £276,669) but with the current uncertain climate we are seeing a tailing off in grant
applications, however, overall, we are still ahead of profile. To date we have committed just over £3.1m,
with £327k left unallocated - but still 18 months left to commit and pay this out
Update added by BH, after the meeting. £2.7m has actually been paid out now (291 grants). There are a
further 35 grants committed but not yet Claimed by the businesses, total £433K. the jobs created total
now is 138.5, three more than last reported (but no set jobs target for the SGS).
It was noted that there were several £25k grants approved in February and March and clarity was
requested as to whether these recipients had been checked to ensure they are not also getting a Local
Authority grant. JW confirmed that most of these applications were pre-Covid-19 and going forward the
Growth Hub Advisers are asking relevant questions to establish this information.
Funding, Updates and Jobs Creation
Update by BH after the meeting. The 2019-20 financial year ended without any further grants being paid
out, so the final defrayment total was £2.533m, out of the initial allocation of £2.79m. The balance will be
returned to the Growth Deal ‘pot’ for defrayal in 2020-21 - the final year of Growth Deal funding.
There were however seven approved but unclaimed GBF grants at the year end, totalling £538k, which
represents the starting point for 2020-21, against the initial allocation which is again £2.79m. Just this
week, the first two payments of the year have been made on GBF, totalling £113k.
Allowing for a small increase of £6.5k to the Ponders End grant (within SCC’s discretion), the Hodgson &
Son grant from April, and the two grants approved today, commitments now stand at £1.03m. Judging
how quickly this is likely to be paid out is extremely difficult at present though, for obvious reasons.
The jobs created total, including the ‘old’ SGS numbers, is now 2,346 - which is 23 up on the last
GBF Applications ‘Pipeline’
SA reported that under the current circumstances, the pipeline is a bit slow, with 4-5 cases coming
through at various stages. Hopeful of two applications being presented to the June Growing Business
Fund Panel Meeting.
PR and Marketing
JW provided update.
A new LEP website is now up and running. Case studies are being put on both the LEP and Growth Hub
websites and there will be a big social media campaign in due course but currently the key focus on
social media is Covid-19 support. A combined LEP/Growth Hub newsletter was sent out this morning -
Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Latest support from New Anglia LEP and New Anglia Growth Hub
JW to email copy of the newsletter to GBF Panel members for information.
Statistical information (Charts and Diagrams)
Action: JW to email link to the Growing Business Fund stats info out to Panel.
Any Other Business
New LEP grant schemes
JW reported that the LEP has launched two new grant schemes for businesses; not to be confused with
the business support grants, offered from government, via the councils
Growth Though Innovation (GTI)
A grant scheme offering
grants up to £25,000 to help businesses invest in innovation, research, and
New Anglia Business Resilience and Recovery Grant Scheme
This grant has been established to support businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic and during the
economic recovery. It will provide grants to support short-term business resilience projects and longer-
term recovery and diversification projects
and will provide grants between £25k and £50k at up to 50%
Access to both new grant schemes is via The Growth Hub
Action - JW to email list of grant recipients who have diversified and been given a grant.
Growing Business Fund Panel Membership
The Panel expressed their appreciation and thanks to Jeanette Wheeler for her time on the Panel.
With regards to a replacement on the Growing Business Fund Panel, we are currently waiting to receive
confirmation as to who will be the new LEP Board member and, once in place, will co-opt the new LEP
Board member onto the Growing Business Fund Panel.
Action: JW action a letter of thanks to Jeanette for her time on the Panel.
Visits to premises
Comment made that under the current climate the Growth Hub Adviser/Finance East will not be able to
make site visit(s) and query raised how this can be addressed. Agreed that video conference calls would
have to be the way round this, as well as checking on Google maps in the interim.
The meeting closed at 11.10am
Next Meeting via conference call on Microsoft Teams
Wednesday, 03 June 2020 |10.00am - 12.30pm
New Anglia Small Grant Scheme projects approved in:
February 2020 and March 2020
New Anglia Small Grant Scheme projects approved in February 2020
1 Pruce Newman Pipework Limited
2 Flexion Global Ltd
3 Humber Doucy Brewery Ltd
4 Co-Dunkall Ltd (2)
5 The Light Aircraft Co Ltd
6 A1 Coffee Limited
7 Prominent PR Ltd
8 Glideline Ltd
New Anglia Small Grant Scheme projects approved in March 2020
1 Wrought Iron & Brass Co Ltd (2)
2 Warren Services Ltd (3)
3 Thomson Sawmills Ltd
4 International Export Supplies Limited