New Anglia Board Meeting Minutes (Confirmed)
23rd June 2020
Sam Chapman-Allen (SC)
Breckland Council
Claire Cullens (CC)
Norfolk Community Foundation
David Ellesmere (DE)
Ipswich Borough Council
Doug Field (DF)
East of England Coop
C-J Green (CG)
Brave Goose
John Griffiths (JG)
West Suffolk Council
Matthew Hicks (MH)
Suffolk County Council
Pete Joyner (PJ)
Shorthose Russell
Helen Langton (HL)
University of Suffolk
Dominic Keen (DK)
Steve Oliver (SO)
MLM Group
Corrienne Peasgood (CP)
Norwich City College
Andrew Proctor (AP)
Norfolk County Council
Johnathan Reynolds (JR)
Sandy Ruddock (SR)
Scarlett & Mustard
Alan Waters (AW)
Norwich City Council
Jeanette Wheeler (JW)
Tim Whitley (TW)
Kathy Atkinson (KA)
Kettle Foods
Jai Raithatha (JRa)
Suffolk County Council
Vince Muspratt (VM)
Norfolk County Council
Shan Lloyd (SL)
Lisa Roberts (LR)
New Anglia LEP - For Item 6
Chris Starkie (CS)
New Anglia LEP
Rosanne Wijnberg (RW)
New Anglia LEP
Helen Wilton (HW)
New Anglia LEP
Actions from the meeting: (23.06.20)
Forward Plan
August Board meeting to be arranged
Welcome from the Chair
Doug Field (DF) welcomed everyone to the meeting.
Declarations of Interest
Full declarations of interest can be found at
Minutes of the last meeting
The minutes were accepted as a true record of the meeting held on 20th May 2020.
Chris Starkie (CS) reviewed the actions for the last Board meeting and provided the board
with an update on the recent Government submission for the Local Growth Deal 4.
CS advised that the LEP had been asked by MHGLC for shovel ready capital projects
which could be delivered in 18 months. Details of 70 projects were appraised and reduced
to 25 projects totalling £73m plus match funding. CS noted that those board members with
interest in the projects had not been entitled to vote but the 9 eligible board members had
unanimously endorsed the final list.
DF thanked the LEP team for their work in compiling and assessing the projects in the tight
LEP Response to COVID-19
CS presented the paper to the board and thanked partners for continuing to submit
business intelligence which is being passed on to and used by Government.
It was noted that calls into the Growth Hub have reduced allowing the team to concentrate
on providing support for individual businesses and that the new Business Resilience and
Recovery Scheme continues to be successful with 19 approvals granted to date and more
than 39 applications in the pipeline. Further funding has been requested as part of the
Local Growth Deal 4 submission.
Claire Cullens (CC) noted the success of the vacancy page and asked for all colleagues to
raise any vacancies they were aware of and submit them to the LEP. CS thanked local
authority colleagues for continuing to raise the profile of the page.
The meeting discussed the upcoming Peer to Peer Network programme and noted that the
tourism and care sectors would be included as these businesses were not always
considered for such events but would benefit from participation.
The Board agreed:
To note the content of the report
Covid-19 Economic Recovery Plan
CS reviewed the recovery plan and the process which has been carried out in collaboration
with partners to produce the document. It was noted that this is the plan for the Restart
Phase which covers the next 6-9 months and will be followed by another plan for the
Rebuild phase spanning 2-5 years.
The meeting discussed the importance of involving key sectors such as construction and
agri-foods in the future development of the economy.
CS confirmed that the plan had been presented to the Industry Councils and Johnathan
Reynolds (JR) also advised that the Innovation Board had also been engaged in providing
CS noted that the plan had been received by officials in Government who had approved
the approach taken.
The Board discussed monitoring of deliverables and the production of KPIs.
CS confirmed that an evidence pack had been produced which would be the basis for all
interventions in order to monitor outputs and that KPIs will be produced around the key
headlines as will individual local authority and sector delivery plans.
Steve Oliver (SO) expressed support for the plan and noted that it may be too early to
produce KPIs given the fluid situation.
DF thanked the LEP team for their efforts in completing the consultation and production of
the plan in such a short time.
The Board agreed:
To note the content of the report
To approve the Economic Recovery Restart Plan
Impact on Employment
CS reviewed the paper setting out the potential impact on employment across Norfolk and
Suffolk following this outbreak of Covid 19.
Andrew Proctor (AP) asked if there were details of those companies with staff on furlough
in order to provide support to them as the scheme ends. He noted it was important to
know who planning to make redundancies but the LEP could not be expected to prevent all
of them.
CS confirmed that HMRC had only just released figures at a district level and advised that
the LEP had carried out more analysis on the figures to provide more detail. A survey of
large business was also being carried out to obtain further information on their plans.
CS advised that a workforce group has been established which will coordinate the planned
initiatives and would report into the Skills Advisory Panel and the LEP Board.
Pete Joyner (PJ) asked if there was any data on the nature of the jobs lost given the LEP’s
aim of delivering high worth jobs and what interventions could be made as so many firms
were already well along the path to making staff redundant.
Lisa Roberts (LR) advised that those in low skilled jobs were disproportionally impacted
and this would be taken into account in the rebuild phase.
CS confirmed that the numbers of those furloughed was higher in hospitality and tourism
and that attention needs to focus on those companies which are unable to restart in the
near future.
SO left the meeting
David Ellesmere (DE) agreed that it was difficult to get involved with businesses early in
the redundancy process as they were reluctant to discuss their plans externally but he
supported the aim and asked for any information received to be passed to the local
authority following receipt of the company’s approval.
Sam Chapman-Allen (SCA) thanked CC for her work as Chair of the Skills Board. He
asked for more information on the plans to support school leavers, older workers and the
LR noted that discussions were ongoing on support for school leavers such as providing
virtual work experience.
SCA asked if furlough numbers could be provided by industry. CS advised that the data
had been extrapolated from national figures as it was not provided at a details level.
Corrienne Peasgood (CP) confirmed that the biggest concern is around Y11 pupils and the
concern is that NEAT numbers will rise. Government has also been discussing the
importance of the Participation Age to ensure that 16-18 year olds are kept in education
and training.
Jeanette Wheeler (JW) noted that many of the jobs lost would be low paid then the LEP
should not lose its aim of creating higher value jobs rather than solely basic ones
CS advised that job initiatives were expected from Government and the applications in the
LEP funding schemes have demonstrated that some firms are still taking on staff.
Tim Whitley (TW) supported the aim to rebuild better and noted that it was expected for
Government to push for the establishment of the UK as a science powerhouse. He noted
that the pandemic has forced businesses to use technology more efficiently but advised
that the UK was good at the research and development phases of technology but less so
at commercialisation.
SCA felt that the aim should be to incentive people to upskill and develop careers and the
LEP should focus on key sectors and deliver initiatives which really have a positive impact.
DF noted the huge rise in applicants for each role and expressed support for the approach.
The Board agreed:
To note the content of the report
To endorse the initiatives set out in the report
LEP Continuing Business
RW presented the paper to the Board and highlighted key items noting that 2/3 of the
Growth Deal Funding has been received and that a data submission had been made to
support the review of current projects and the final 1/3 of funding was expected in
RW reviewed the ongoing work of the Inward Investment team and DF advised that any
request for assistance in attracting companies into the area would be supported by the
RW advised that the Careers Hub currently supports 32 schools and the latest award will
allow all schools and collages across Norfolk and Suffolk to participate making it the second
largest in the country.
The Board was advised that the audit of the LEP and New Anglia Capital (NAC) had been
completed but Price Bailey have advised that further work is required to assess the impact
of Covid-19 on NAC investments therefore completion of the draft accounts will be delayed
while this is carried out.
The Board agreed:
To note the content of the report
June Performance Reports
RW presented the June Project Performance Reports.
SCA queried how the Enterprise Advisor Network report was still rated as green given
lockdown and the closure of schools. RW advised that work had continued with schools
and contractual requirements had been revised in conjunction with the Careers Enterprise
Company given the current crisis.
JR asked if the forecasts for investment in Enterprise Zones were still realistic. RW
confirmed that these were being reviewed and the number of jobs may be optimistic. CS
noted that floor space projections were on target and that a formula had been used to
ascertain the associated job numbers.
The Board agreed:
To note the content of the report
LEP Operating & HR Policies
RW presented the following polices for approval:
Modern Slavery Statement
Environmental Policy
Equality & Diversity Policy and Statement
Board Attendance & Observers Policy
RW advised that a training session on Equality and Diversity had been planned for the
June meeting but this will now be delivered virtually at a later date. DE noted the
importance of this training given the issues which have arisen recently around this subject.
JR queried whether the policy should include the aim to have BAME representation on the
Board. RW agreed and will discuss further with DE as Diversity Champion.
The Board queried whether the Modern Slavery Statement and the Environmental Policy
applied to the projects and programmes in which the LEP was involved as well as the LEP
RW confirmed that they did and confirmed that documents would be amended to clarify
The Board agreed:
To note the content of the report
To approve the policies subject to the agreed amendments.
Board Forward Plan
JR proposed an additional August board meeting should be held to provide an update.
ACTION: Helen Wilton (HW) to arrange a meeting in late August.
The Board agreed:
To note the content of the plan
Any Other Business
CS confirmed that, subject to approval from the Norfolk and Suffolk Leaders, Recovery plan will
be launched on 30th June. The media have been informed and a toolkit will be issued with a
logo to use on all initiatives.