New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership Board Meeting
Meeting by conference call
Tuesday 21st April
2.30pm - 3.30pm
Via MS Teams
Welcome from the Chair
Declarations of Interest
Actions / Minutes from the last meeting
LEP Response to COVID-19
COVID-19 Business Resilience and Recovery Scheme
For Approval
Board Recruitment - Confidential
For Approval
LEP Continuing Business - including confidential items
For Information
Board Forward Plan
Any Other Business
New Anglia Board Meeting Minutes (Unconfirmed)
25th March 2020
David Ellesmere (DE)
Ipswich Borough Council
Doug Field (DF)
East of England Coop
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)
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)
Paul Claussen (PC)
Breckland District Council
Jai Raithatha (JR)
Suffolk County Council
Vince Muspratt (VM)
Norfolk County Council
Shan Lloyd (SL)
Chris Starkie (CS)
New Anglia LEP
Rosanne Wijnberg (RW)
New Anglia LEP
Helen Wilton (HW)
New Anglia LEP
Actions from the meeting: (25.03.20)
COVID-19 Impact on the LEP and the Local Economy
Arrange a one hour teleconference in April for an update on the current crisis
LEP Operating Budget 2020/21
To investigate the LEP’s responsibilities with regards to payment of the apprenticeship levy
Welcome from the Chair
Doug Field (DF) welcomed everyone to the meeting and welcomed Paul Claussen who was
deputising for Sam Chapman-Allen.
Apologies were received from Lindsey Rix, Claire Cullens and Sam Chapman-Allen.
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 26th February 2020.
Chris Starkie (CS) confirmed that the paper on the Freeports consultation was included in
the board papers and that letters of thanks to staff retiring from the LEP had been
COVID-19 Impact on the LEP and the Local Economy
CS presented the paper to the board and provided detail on the main strands of work being
carried out by the LEP.
LEP Internal processes - staff are working from home, the leadership team are holding daily
teleconferences, leadership responsibilities have been amended as required to ensure focus
and team members are in daily contact with their manages.
Growth Hub - This is being promoted as the key support for businesses as preferred by
Government. Daily updates are received on sources of funding and Governmental advice
which are being transposed into scripts by the Communications team. Work is ongoing to
source additional staff as call numbers increase. Initial calls will go through a triage system
where an advisor will call back as required.
Norfolk Economy Cell - CS is chairing the Economy Cell of the Norfolk response to the
emergency which contains 8 workstreams supported by LEP and Local Authority staff along
with other key partners. Discussions are ongoing to provide similar support to Suffolk.
CS confirmed that the workstreams identified are:
Business Support - support with loan applications, liaising with banks etc and advising
on funding sources
Business Intelligence - reports are being submitted weekly with ad hoc intelligence
provided where needed. This stream is also assisting in identifying gaps in support and
Local Funding - reviewing current programmes to identify what funds can be rediverted
and coordinating local funding to ensure it achieves maximum impact
Government Response Funding - Developing a local script to ensure consistent
messaging and identifying gaps in delivery
Workforce - identifying workforce gaps and challenges across the sectors.
PPE - Coordinating demand and supply and working with large scale manufacturers to
speed up production and distribution
Sectors and Supply Chain - Identifying strategically important sectors and those worst
Economic Impact - Ascertaining long term impacts and identifying where further
intervention will be required
The Board discussed the unprecedented situation and the impacts it is having on the
businesses and economy of Norfolk and Suffolk and provided examples based on their own
experiences and contact with businesses.
CS provided further comment on the points raised by board members.
He agreed that the size of the tourism sector within the two counties meant that that it needs
to be considered a priority as are food and medical supplies.
CS noted that £4m remains unallocated from the Growth Deal which will provide limited
support to businesses and that the LEP network has submitted a bid for £2b to Government.
CS confirmed that the LEP is in daily contact with both chambers and the FSB to work on
providing consistent, clear messaging across both counties.
It was suggested that, as there is no scheduled April board meeting, a teleconference
should be held to provide the board with an update on the rapidly changing situation.
The Board agreed:
To note the content of the report
To hold a one hour teleconference in April to receive an update
Schedule an April teleconference to provide an update on the COVID-19 crisis
LEP Delivery Plan
Rosanne Wijnberg (RW) presented the new LEP delivery plan for 20/21 which provides an
outline of the main objectives, initiatives and targets of the LEP over the coming 12 months
and asked for approval in principle for the plan from the Board.
The Board agreed:
To note the content of the report
To approve the Delivery Plan and delegate to the LEP chief executive authority to make
minor changes necessary ahead of publication on 1 May 2020
LEP Operating Budget
RW presented the operating budget for the LEP for 2020/21 financial year noting that it
reflected the running costs the LEP operation. The capital budget will follow in May.
RW highlighted key changes and noted that the budget sees an increase in operating income
of 34% and expenditure of around 33% compared with 20/21 reflecting the LEP’s additional
responsibilities including the Innovative Projects Fund and the ERDF Growth Through
Innovation programme.
RW confirmed that salaries are the highest element of spend and that amount is not
envisaged to change however staff would be redeployed to support current circumstances.
Johnathan Reynolds (JR) queried whether the LEP now needs to contribute to the
apprenticeship levy as it is over the threshold of £3m.
RW agreed and confirmed to investigate this issue.
RW to investigate the LEP’s responsibilities with regards to payment of the apprenticeship
The Board agreed:
To note the content of the report
To approve the operating budget for 2020/21
RW presented the changes to the LEP’s Assurance Framework, Scheme of Delegation and
Accountable Body Agreement which have been updated to ensure they are in line with
newly published Government guidance and that all the information contained in them is
accurate and up to date.
The Board agreed:
To approve:
o The 2020 Local Assurance Framework
o The Scheme of Delegation
o The Accountable Body Agreement
Freeports Consultation
CS presented the paper providing an update on the Freeports consultation as requested at
the February Board meeting.
The Board agreed:
To note the content of the report
EU Exit Transition
CS presented the paper which provides an update on activities during the transition period,
intelligence from the Norfolk and Suffolk business community and sets out a light touch
delivery plan against the key recommendations agreed at the January Board meeting.
It was noted that the COVID-19 crisis was likely to have an impact on Brexit planning and
The Board agreed:
To note the content of the report
Election of Deputy Chair
CS advised that one nomination has been received for the post of deputy chair which had
been proposed and seconded in accordance with the LEP’s policy and invited the Board to
ratify the appointment of Jeanette Wheeler as deputy chair of New Anglia LEP.
The Board agreed:
To note the content of the report
To ratify the appointment of Jeanette Wheeler as deputy chair of New Anglia Local
Enterprise Partnership on a three year term
Chief Executive’s Report
CS noted some of the highlights of the report and asked for questions from the board.
CS confirmed that the funding application to extend the Business Growth Programme has
now been approved in principle by MHCLG. In the current circumstances formal sign off of
the contract will take longer than usual however this approval in principle does provides the
LEP with the reassurance needed to continue the implementation of the extension.
Innovative Projects Fund - CS noted that some projects are not proceeding due to the
current restrictions and the team are investigating how those funds can be reallocated.
Planning is underway for an emergency fund for businesses impacted by the Covid-19 crisis
and details will be submitted to board members for approval by written procedures to ensure
this is launched as quickly as possible.
CS confirmed that board recruitment is continuing with applications received from a number
of quality applicants. Virtual interviews will be held in April.
Steve Oliver (SO) asked whether the repayment profile for the Winerack project would be
impacted by the current situation which will have implications for the housing market.
RW confirmed that the first payments had been received on time and future scheduled
payment dates would be monitored with options for a revised plan drawn up if required.
The Board agreed:
To note the content of the report
March Programme Performance Reports
RW reviewed the reports for March and asked for questions.
RW confirmed that the work of the Enterprise Advisor Network is currently on hold therefore
staff will be redeployed.
The Board agreed:
To note the contents of the reports
Board Forward Plan
It was agreed that the emergency fund for businesses will be signed off via written
procedures and that a teleconference would be arranged in order to receive an update on
the COVID-19 crisis.
The Board agreed:
To note the content of the plan
To receive a paper on the proposed business emergency fund for approval by written
Any Other Business
Actions from New Anglia LEP Board Meetings
Target Date
COVID-19 Impact on the LEP and
Arrange a one hour teleconference in April for an update on the current crisis
the Local Economy
LEP Operating Budget 2020/21
To investigate the LEP’s responsibilities with regards to payment of the apprenticeship levy
The payroll budget is just above £3m the threshold, though that includes
small contingency. We will continue to monitor. The Levy at 0.5% of
£3m would equate to £15k, with offset allowance of £15k.
Clean Growth Taskforce
Board members to consider a pledge which the Board could make and submit suggestions to
the Chair.
GE Update Report
To provide the Board with regular reporting of the pipeline of visits relating to inward
To be included in the next Inward Investment update report
investment and subsequent outcomes
Growth Hub Presentation
Growth Hub Annual review to be circulated to the Board when published
Review began in autumn 2019. Final report is expected in spring 2020
New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership Board
Tuesday 21st April 2020
Agenda Item 5
LEP Response to COVID-19
Author: Marie Finbow / Lisa Roberts
Presenter: Chris Starkie
This report provides the board with a comprehensive update on the LEP’s response to the
Covid-19 pandemic. Whilst many of the LEP’s programmes and schemes are continuing to
operate as normal, the LEP team and operations have been restructured to respond to the
economic shock caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Over the past three weeks this has included ramping up our one to one business support offer
through the New Anglia Growth Hub, gathering intelligence on issues faced by business and
gaps in support, as well as helping dozens of businesses access financial support.
The LEP is also overseeing a campaign to improve supplies of PPE, has launched a
recruitment campaign for key workers and starting plans to support key sectors including
tourism and agri-food. Plans for a regional recovery plan have also been initiated.
The LEP Board is asked to note the contents of this report.
The LEP has updated its staffing structure and redeployed staff to focus on the response to
COVID-19 which has had a profound impact right across the local economy.
The LEP team is working closely with local authority partners across Norfolk and Suffolk, the
chambers of commerce in both counties, the FSB, our industry councils and sector groups
and a wide range of other partners.
In Norfolk the LEP’s chief executive is chairing the Economy Delivery Group of the Norfolk
Resilience Forum which is coordinating Norfolk’s economic response.
In Suffolk the LEP’s chief executive is participating in the Suffolk Growth Programme Board,
chaired by the chief executive of East Suffolk Council, which is coordinating Suffolk’s
economic response.
LEP staff are working across Norfolk and Suffolk to support activity being delivered in the
two counties and the majority of the workstreams listed below are operating on a two county
The LEP’s work is structured under the following seven workstreams:
1. Business Intelligence
2. Business Support and Advice
3. Local Funding
4. Workforce
5. Sectors and Supply Chain
6. Economic Impact
7. Communications
Appendix 1 provides more information on each of these workstreams, the members of the
LEP team who are leading and supporting these workstreams and their areas of focus.
Set out below is a summary of the key activity which has taken place within each of these
workstreams over the last few weeks.
The priorities for the workstreams are being reviewed on a weekly basis to ensure they
remain focused.
1 Business Intelligence
Priorities for this workstream:
Act as a conduit with Government providing daily/weekly intelligence in and out of
Coordinate local intelligence to submit weekly intelligence returns to Government.
Assess the ease of access to business support packages and identify gaps.
The focus is now moving towards tracking trends from intelligence reports submitted to
Government to enable us to enhance our feedback to Government and provide intelligence
to other workstreams.
We have developed a log capturing gaps in Government support, which we are using in
discussions with Government and MPs.
We are also working with business intermediaries, industry councils, sector groups and our
local authority partners to capture intelligence from surveys.
Issues raised by businesses over the past three weeks include:
Cashflow is the critical issue for the majority of businesses. Whilst most were able to
survive through March, businesses will run out of cash in April.
A large number of businesses are furloughing staff. A Norfolk Chamber of Commerce
survey found more than 30 per cent of members responding were furloughing staff.
Accessing Covid Business Interruption Loans is problematic for businesses as
response from banks is so slow, and many viable businesses are having loans
Gaps in provision for significant cohorts of businesses such as start-ups and owner
managed businesses.
Insurance claims for business interruption are being rejected across the board. Chief
reason is because the pandemic is not restricted to the local area.
Small and independent businesses are struggling to access government support.
Businesses have raised significant concerns regarding social distancing - a particular
problem in construction industry.
Demand is either extremely high in certain sectors or flat lining across others -
leisure and cultural sectors have felt impact immediately.
Strength of supply chain is concerning for NHS and food suppliers - pressure on
warehouses, demand for workers and shortage of materials.
Businesses are diversifying and using spare capacity where possible to produce
medical equipment.
There’s a perception of an increase in rural crime - fly tipping and theft with police
attention elsewhere. However crime levels are around 30 per cent down.
Projects/contracts in the offshore and renewable sectors are being cancelled or
2 Business Support / Advice
The LEP and Growth Hub’s role is to act as the primary local conduit to ensure local
businesses have access to the latest support being provided by Government and local
Priorities for this workstream:
Ensure the LEP/Growth Hub and local authorities provide the very best information
and support to businesses across Norfolk and Suffolk.
Ensure robust communication channels and protocols are established and utilised to
share accurate information between and across the Workstream.
The Growth Hub is now operating as a phone-based service and has expanded its capacity,
having temporarily redeployed nine of the LEP’s Enterprise Coordinators.
This has enabled the Growth Hub to run a service over the Easter weekend operating
between 10am and 4pm every day.
The Growth Hub has received more than 1,000 phone enquiries over the past four weeks
and a similar number of email enquiries. Call and email volumes have increased
approximately five-fold on pre-pandemic levels.
Each call lasts anywhere between 20 - 45 minutes and the nature of these calls can be
emotionally demanding, especially as businesses are becoming more desperate for support.
We are working closely with the Suffolk Chamber of Commerce to provide wellbeing support
for advisers and call handlers.
The CRM has been modified to enable a greater understanding of the support that
businesses are requesting, this information is being shared with Government and partners.
The LEP and Growth Hub teams are working with their regional and national colleagues to
ensure our advisers are fully briefed on government support and most importantly the best
ways to access it.
In order to ensure consistent support is given by the LEP, the Growth Hub and local
authority economic development teams, the LEP communications team produces a daily
business support script.
This script is updated on a daily basis and contains the latest available information on the
Government’s range of schemes as well as local support and is supplied to all local authority
EDO teams.
3 Local Funding
Priorities for this workstream:
Create a LEP business response scheme.
Identify current European Structural Investment Fund (ESIF) projects to repurpose,
working with government to enable this.
Co-ordinating local funding to promote opportunities, aligning programmes and
identifying gaps.
A review is underway on existing LEP programmes to investigate opportunities to adjust the
criteria to meet the current demand and circumstances. This could include measures such
as an extension to the Enterprise Zone rates relief period and adapting support measures for
our grants programmes and Growth Hub.
We are working closely with all of our European Regional Development Fund and European
Social Fund project managers to identify where projects can repurposed to support the
response to COVID19 and to identify any rule changes required. The LEP are discussing
with the Managing Authorities the rule changes needed for projects to be repurposed.
A proposal to utilise LEP funding to create a COVID-19 business resilience and recovery
fund is covered at agenda item 7.
4 Workforce
Priorities of this workstream:
Identify and work with businesses who are facing the most pressing challenges
(currently Health and Social Care, agri-food, visitor economy and retail).
Ensure key messages around business support and redeployment opportunities are
collated and shared with stakeholders.
Ensure ‘vulnerable’ people are supported to enable them to return to work promptly
or supported by the voluntary sector / education providers.
The LEP has published a list of employment opportunities on its website to support
businesses during COVID-19 and to help them find the staff they need to continue to operate
at this challenging time.
This includes more than 70 businesses in a range of sectors.
The LEP is also collating details of redeployment opportunities, both in and out of the LEP
Key messages are being developed to support these and additional signposting to other
interventions, e.g. benefits, training and mental health support.
Large scale redundancies are being fed into Steadfast Training where they are working with
the National Careers Service to offer 1:1 careers advice via telephone or online meetings.
The LEP is also working with partners to support colleges and universities and private
training providers.
The LEP is also liaising closely with the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined
Authority (CPCA) and the South East LEP to ascertain areas of support that can take place
across the LEP areas.
The LEP is in the process of collating a list of mental health support organisations so that
information can be relayed to businesses and residents.
5 Sectors and Supply Chain
Priorities of this workstream:
Identify priority business sectors and key businesses for critical urgent response
Identifying key sectors and businesses within those sectors for the development of
recovery plans working with sector groups/industry councils.
Exploring key issues affecting the viability of sectors and businesses, gaps in
government support and how best to respond.
The LEP has identified the priority sectors looking at the most affected, greatest gap in
support and strategic importance. A list of key businesses has been developed and will be
contacted to ascertain short term and longer term resilience in terms of - cashflow, staff,
supply chain, supporting infrastructure, local and national business support on offer and
customer base (demand and ability to meet it).
For those sectors which are particularly affected, including Agri food and visitor economy
(tourism, culture and hospitality businesses), the LEP is working partners to facilitate a
joined-up approach, identifying the critical/ urgent issues and gaps in Government support
and seeking to understand the long-term impacts which will feed into the development of a
regional recovery plan.
The LEP was starting to develop a tourism action plan for the visitor economy, working with
the region’s tourism bodies. This work is now being accelerated to develop a resilience and
recovery plan for the sector.
The LEP is supporting the efforts around the supply of PPE and medical equipment, putting
out a call for companies to submit information via a web form and via the Growth Hub direct
- more than 100 businesses have responded to date adding to a local database of over 150
businesses who can supply PPE.
The database captures companies that can source and supply, donate and manufacturer
PPE and is helping to facilitate connecting supply and demand.
The LEP team is also working with the consortiums at UEA, Norwich University of the Arts
and BT who are supporting PPE innovation and production.
Over 20 businesses who have come forward through the LEP call who have said they are
not currently manufacturing PPE but have the capability to.
These are being followed up to understand what they can do and what support is required.
One of these businesses - Panel Graphic has been supported with a £100,000 contingency
grant from the LEP to scale up manufacturing of its face visors.
We have also awarded a £10,000 grant to a consortium of 400 independent sewers called
Norfolk Scrubs, who are producing scrubs for health professionals across Norfolk and
Suffolk. The grant will enable the sewers to purchase more materials and ramp up
6 Economic Impact
Priorities for this workstream:
Develop an economic assessment framework to track and highlight short, medium
and long-term impacts and risks.
Use this evidence base to identify potential interventions that may be required to
support economic recovery feeding into the development of a regional recovery plan.
A small advisory panel with some of the members of the Data Practitioners Group to support
the development of the assessment framework has been set up.
An initial outline assessment has been completed, detailing immediate threats and medium
to longer-term risks and potential opportunities.
This is evolving daily, in light of updates from central government in terms of support
measures - combined with monitoring the effectiveness of the UK’s current lockdown
Over the next few weeks this work will evolve into the development of an economic recovery
plan for Norfolk and Suffolk.
7 Communications
The communications workstream underpins all the LEP’s COVID-19 response workstreams.
Priorities for this workstream:
Co-ordinate consistent, priority messaging for businesses, particularly around new
Government grants with Local Authorities and business intermediaries.
Lead communications on a public campaign for PPE, on behalf of the Norfolk
Tactical Co-ordination Group.
The LEP continues to monitor daily briefings from government and information is passed
through to all workstreams as and when government announcements are received.
Government briefings have been turned into a local script for business advisers, which is
updated daily and shared with the Growth Hub and Local Authorities.
A business engagement protocol has now been developed and agreed with partners.
The LEP’s website has been updated to hold details of Local Authority grants, what
businesses need to do and includes links to each Local Authority for more information.
The LEP is running a public appeal for PPE supply, which was launched on 8th April.
The LEP is also showing its support for the national Feed the Nation Campaign, with the
creation of website and social media content and linked with the employment opportunities
web page referred to above.
The LEP Board is asked to note the contents of this report.
Appendix 1
New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership Board
Tuesday 21st April 2020
Agenda Item 6
Covid-19: Business Resilience and Recovery Scheme
Author: Chris Dashper
The Covid-19 Coronavirus pandemic has impacted businesses of all sizes and from all sectors
across the New Anglia region.
The Business Intelligence report for the week commencing 13 April indicates that 77% of
businesses surveyed cited cashflow as their biggest concern.
43% of businesses were still operational in essential sectors and with key workers but
struggling to maintain normal business.
32% had furloughed staff and 2% had made redundancies.
In terms of support for businesses Small Business Rate Grants of £10k and the Retail,
Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund of £25k have been made available by Government to
provide initial cashflow support for businesses.
The new Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme has been introduced to be delivered
through mainstream banks, but the banks have been slow to react to urgent cashflow
requirements, largely due to the number of enquiries received.
New Anglia LEP grant programmes including the Growing Business Fund and the Small Grant
Scheme remain open to businesses. The GBF has a budget allocation of £2.79m for 2020/21.
New Anglia LEP Board discussed at their March 2020 meeting the possibility of introducing an
additional programme, complimentary to the existing LEP interventions, but targeted at more
immediate support for businesses and for future recovery.
The Board is recommended to support a new intervention, the Business Resilience and
Recovery scheme, with an initial budget of £3.5m to provide support to businesses in the New
Anglia region in the form of advice, guidance and grant support for initial resilience and longer
term recovery.
A bridging loan element for businesses applying to the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan
Scheme but awaiting a decision is under development. £500k of the £3.5m could be allocated
to a repayable loan fund.
The impact of the lockdown enforced on 23 March 2020 to manage the spread of the
coronavirus has been felt directly by individual businesses forced to temporarily or permanently
close. Other businesses remaining operational for essential purposes are struggling to maintain
business as usual with staff shortages impacting productivity due to illness and self-isolation
and materials shortages in supply chains.
The obvious impact of the lockdown is the financial implication on businesses mothballed with
staff furloughed, affecting sales, delivery of contracts, manufacturing, product deliveries, raw
materials and ultimately cashflow.
Short term recovery requires businesses and supply chains to restart once phased releases
from lockdown are allowed and longer-term recovery may require repositioning of a business
model to best utilise existing resources.
Nationally, Government has encouraged industry to increase production to compensate for the
shortfall within supply chains such as PPE manufacturing and Innovation R&D to tackle the
virus. This may require short term investment to change production but with a view to returning
to previous production later or pivoting the business model to shift on a permanent basis.
Diversification exposes businesses to financial risk and the threat of overstretching. To support
investment or diversification, appropriate business advice is vital.
The Business Resilience and Recovery scheme is designed to support short term business
resilience projects through capital grant and potential loan support and longer term
diversification and recovery through dedicated advice and guidance from a business adviser of
the Growth Hub or an external consultant dependant on the advice required.
Grant process
Typical projects to be supported through capital grants include:
Support for the manufacture of products to tackle the Coronavirus outbreak
Support for Coronavirus related Research and Development
Development of new technology or innovation and productivity improvements
Short term manufacturing diversification
Longer term development for future recovery and diversification
Identification and mobilisation into new markets
Unlike other LEP programmes there is no requirement to support new job creation, but projects
should safeguard jobs wherever possible and projects should aim to support measures to
incorporate innovation and productivity.
Advice and guidance
Advice and guidance provided by New Anglia Growth Hub advisers or external contractors
could include support on subjects such as.
Access to finance - seeking advice on leveraging working capital
Financial and business planning
Market appraisal, including overseas markets
Creating a more efficient business operation by reducing costs
Diversification into other appropriate sectors
Creating a pipeline of products or services or commercialisation of a new product
Collaboration with other businesses or R&D institutions to develop new technology or
Stabilising losses on contracts by reducing overheads
Reducing staff in a way that does affect viability and paves way for longer term growth
Loan Support
A potential bridging loan element of the programme is under development to help manage
delays experienced by businesses applying to the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan
Scheme delivered by mainstream banks. £500k of the available programme fund could
potentially be allocated as loans. The LEP is currently discussing the loan element with Suffolk
County Council, the LEPs Accountable Body.
Key Issues
The LEP Investment Appraisal Committee had previously agreed to set aside £4.1m of funding
for the proposed One Farm project. This funding came originally from underspend in the
Enterprise Zone Accelerator Fund.
The One Farm project has not progressed due to issues in identifying suitable private
investment, although the project remains under development, with regular updates from the
project development team to the LEP. However, the project is unlikely to be in a position for
LEP investment during 20/21.
The funding provisionally allocated to the One Farm project may therefore now be used for the
new programme. Following the March IAC where two Growing Places Fund projects were
approved and taking account of other project commitments, the balance available is £3.5m.
This figure will be kept under review and could be increased if necessary.
The Growing Business Fund has a budget of £2.79m for 2020/21. The programme will be kept
under review and if demand decreases, budget from GBF could be moved across to the
Business Resilience and Recovery Scheme to increase the size of the fund available.
State Aid
Emergency State Aid measures for SME’s were agreed by the European Commission on the
25 March 2020. These allow grant aid of up to €800k to SME’s impacted by the Coronavirus
Emergency aid measures can cumulate without penalty with existing de-minimis aid regulations
which allow for an intervention of up to €200k in any 3 years.
Grants of between £25,000 and £50,000 will be made available under this programme, with a
maximum intervention rate of 50% of the cost of the project. This intervention ensures the fund
could potentially support up to 100 businesses across the region, although the average grant is
likely to be £30-50K. Businesses must provide 50% match funding, either cash or in-kind.
Additional State Aid guidance on specific interventions including support for larger companies
and for projects with specific objectives including prioritisation of the manufacture of PPE has
been agreed for the UK by the EU and will be included in the scheme guidance once published.
Qualifying businesses must have been solvent at 31 December 2019.
Emergency State Aid regulations will remain in place until 31 December 2020.
The programme will operate on an open call basis.
Initial contact with businesses interested in the scheme will be through the Growth Hub.
Consultancy advice and support on diversification will be provided by experienced local
contractors appointed by the business from an approved framework.
Businesses will be referred to the most appropriate option from the LEP programmes suite,
particularly if projects are more suited to the larger grants on offer from GBF or the smaller
Small Grant Scheme or Growth through Innovation programmes.
Decisions on projects requesting support of up to £50k from the resilience and recovery
scheme will be made on a delegated basis, with a panel of three, from the LEP’s Programmes
Team providing recommendations.
Any other projects will be brought to the board for approval, potentially by written procedures to
avoid delays to decisions.
All projects will receive a formal offer letter from via SCC as the Accountable Body as with all
other grant programmes. The letter will outline all conditions of funding and details of the State
Aid article used to make the award.
Link to the Economic Strategy and Local Industrial Strategy
This programme represents an immediate and significant response to the Coronavirus
All LEP priority sectors will be eligible for support under the programme.
Priority will initially be given to projects which directly tackle the Coronavirus pandemic, either
through the production of new products, or new technology and innovation. Additional priority
will be given to projects looking at diversification and the pivot of existing business models
within businesses.
The Board is recommended to support a new intervention, the Business Resilience and
Recovery scheme, with an initial budget of £3.5m to provide support to businesses in the New
Anglia region in the form of advice, guidance and grant support for initial resilience and longer
term recovery.
A bridging loan element for businesses applying to the Corporate Business Interruption Loan
Scheme but awaiting a decision is under development. £500k of the £3.5m could be allocated
as a repayable loan fund.
Business Resilience and Recovery Grant Scheme Criteria
The Business Resilience and Recovery Scheme will provide support to businesses in Norfolk
and Suffolk that have been affected by the Covid-19 Coronavirus and are looking at ways to
recover and strengthen their business performance.
The scheme provides a range of interventions to help businesses to adapt and cope with the
effects of the downturn, safeguarding businesses and jobs, including
50% grant towards capital costs involved in initial resilience and future recovery
projects, up to £50k
Costs of consultancy support for pivot and diversification projects
Potential development of a bridging loan element for applicants to the Coronavirus
Business Interruption Loan Scheme, until formal loan is received
The scheme is operated across all districts and boroughs in Norfolk and Suffolk.
Funding Available
The Business Resilience and Recovery Grant Scheme commences with an initial allocation of
£3.5m from the New Anglia LEP Growth Deal.
Maximum grant intervention through the programme will be 50% of eligible capital costs.
Support Provided
The scheme provides support to assist companies during the challenging business
environment facing many sectors as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. The support could
take the form of one or more of the variety of interventions including:
Support for the production of products to tackle the Coronavirus outbreak
Support for Coronavirus related Research and Development
Development of new technology or innovation and productivity improvements
Short term manufacturing diversification
Longer term development for future recovery and diversification
Identification and mobilisation into new markets
As part of the process, an initial in-depth diagnostic exercise will be undertaken by the New
Anglia Growth Hub advisers, to determine eligibility of the business and identify what type of
support they require.
Examples include advice on:
Access to finance - seeking advice on leveraging working capital
Financial and business planning
Market appraisal, including overseas markets
Creating a more efficient business operation by reducing costs
Diversification into other appropriate sectors
Creating a pipeline of products or services or commercialisation of a new product
Collaboration with other businesses or R&D institutions to develop new technology or
Stabilising losses on contracts by reducing overheads
Reducing staff in a way that does affect viability and paves way for longer term growth
Grants provided for consultancy
The size of the grants awarded depends on the size of the company. The maximum size of
grants awarded is as follows:
For 1-4 employee businesses £2,000 excl VAT
For 5-49 employee businesses £4,000 excl VAT
For 50-249 employee businesses £6,000 excl VAT
Consultancy support can be cumulated with capital grant support.
Capital Grant Programme
The second scheme is based around a capital grant model providing grants of up to £50k to
support projects based around the potential options for support listed above.
A business applying under the Business Resilience and Recovery Scheme can apply for up
to a maximum of £50,000 of grant support. Maximum capital grant intervention is 50% of the
eligible costs of the project.
To be eligible for grant funding, applicants must meet the following essential criteria:
• Be a trading enterprise;
• Be based in Norfolk or Suffolk;
• Be ready to invest or expand in the local area;
• Must not have been a company in difficulty on 31 December 2019
Potential Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme underwriting facility (under
A mechanism to offer short term bridging loans to applicants to the CBILS loan scheme
waiting to receive their business loans. LEP loan to be repaid on receipt of CBILS loan.
To be eligible for assistance, the company must be registered in the UK and have a base in
Norfolk or Suffolk.
Businesses wishing to apply for support should first contact the New Anglia Growth Hub on
0300 333 6536 or email [email protected].
New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership Board
Tuesday 21st April 2020
Agenda Item 8
LEP Continuing Business
Author: All, Rosanne Wijnberg
Presenter: Rosanne Wijnberg
This report provides an overview of LEP team ‘continuing business’ activities since the March
board, structured around:
1) Programmes
2) Strategy
3) Engagement and promotion
4) Governance, Operations and Finance
The media dashboard is attached as an appendix to the report
The board is asked to note the contents of the report
1) LEP Programmes
Growth Deal (Capital Growth Programme)
The delivery of all large capital projects is being disrupted to some degree by COVID-19. Several
construction sites have been closed; others are affected by the absence of staff who are self-
Access to materials may also become a factor. In addition, we are experiencing some delays in
information exchange and decision making as a result of remote working. The extent of the
impact both on project delivery and expenditure cannot be assessed until we are clearer on
length of the lockdown and the approach taken when these restrictions are eased.
Preparations for construction of the Eye Airfield Access Link Road and Roundabouts on the A140
have been taking place. Detailed design is complete and tree clearance and diversion of utilities
have taken place. Land negotiation is expected to be complete in early April 2020 and main
works are planned to begin almost immediately afterwards.
A revised Strategic Outline Business Case for the Ely Area Rail Capacity Enhancement Project is
to be presented to the Network Rail Anglia Programme Board on 20 April 2020. This SOBC will
be requesting additional funding from the Department of Transport to continue development work
and produce an Outline Business Case allowing this project to progress through to detailed
design. The project is expected to be delivered in phases from 2024 onwards.
City College Norwich has been engaged in a process of Value Engineering with their preferred
contractor, design team and supply chain in relation to the construction of the Growth Deal
supported DigiTech Factory. This process was undertaken to consider the opportunities for
savings, to reduce risk, and ensure CCN get value for money. It is hoped that main construction
works will take place over the summer.
Business Growth Programme
The Business Growth Programme remains ahead of its output and spend profile, with the upturn
in the Small Grant Scheme continuing, with four applications totaling £78,915 approved, with
match funding of £317,164, during March. The Q1 claim for the Programme (December 2019 to
February 2020) is being finalised, with an estimated claim of £1.295m, taking the 2019/20
cumulative total to £6.107m or 103% of the 2019/20 target.
Our Project Change Request (PCR), requesting £1.1m of additional ERDF funding to enable the
Growth Hub and Small Grant Scheme to operate until the end of November 2021 has now been
approved by MHCLG and we are anticipating receiving formal written confirmation of this in the
coming weeks, although the understandable redirection of resources across government means
that this may take a little longer.
MHCLG have indicated that the national ERDF call for further funding will not happen. However,
additional funds have been allocated by BEIS for business support and Growth Hub activities.
We have been allocated £249.5k and are currently awaiting details on the funding criteria; initial
planning on the effective use of this allocation is underway. Current circumstances mean that the
fourth annual evaluation of the Programme has been slightly delayed, however, we anticipate
that it will be published during May.
Growth through Innovation
The Growth Through Innovation (GTI) fund has now been launched, providing grants between
£1,000 and £25,000 for capital and revenue investment into SMEs for a wide range of Innovation,
Research and Development activities, including equipment and testing.
We are already seeing our first application going through the assessment process and are
working with the Growth Hub and a wide range of other partners to raise awareness of the fund
to potential applicants.
The application and approval process is in line with the Small Grant Scheme - application form
submitted for review by a virtual panel. We anticipate that take up of the fund will be high, with
priority given to COVID-19 related activities.
Growing Business Fund
In March the fund saw a continued increase in the number of expressions of interest and
applications submitted, and this has continued into early April. The Panel meeting planned for
April has been cancelled and applications are continuing to be reviewed and approved via email.
In March four companies were awarded grants totaling £430k. This will ensure that we start
2020/21 with a positive commitment. We are working with applicants to ensure that we maintain
a healthy pipeline of projects. Thank you to Jeanette Wheeler for her input over the past three
years, as she steps down from the panel this month.
Eastern Agri-tech Initiative
The Agri-tech panel has been voting via email. There have been three recent applications to the
fund, including one for the New Anglia area. The voting will be completed this week. Interest in
the grant scheme continues and a reasonable pipeline of potential projects exists.
Growing Places Fund
At the most recent meeting of the Investment Appraisal Committee grant offers were made to the
New Wolsey Theatre in Ipswich and to develop the community and economic elements of St
Peters Church in Sudbury, offers were made for £225k and £226k respectively.
A range of variation requests are being made by existing projects that have received funding and
are now affected by the COVID-19 situation.
The Winerack and Atex Business Park have requested revisions to the payment terms on their
loans; and a number of projects are predicting slower drawdown of LEP funds due to the
cessation of construction, staff being furloughed and / or a change in short term priorities.
Requests for variations to existing loan terms will be summarised and presented to the
Investment Appraisal Committee at the meeting in May.
The knock-on effect of the overall situation for the Growing Places Fund is likely to be a slower
return to the LEP on loans and a slower drawdown of grant funds by projects.
New Anglia Capital
The immediate impact of the COVID-19 outbreak was that the last NAC Board meeting,
scheduled for 23rd March was cancelled entirely due to the lockdown. Unfortunately, this
prevented two existing portfolio companies from pitching for further investment: Spark EV
technology and PBD Biotech. Our response to this has been to circulate urgent investment
proposals to the Board via e-mail for decision. The plan is to hold the next Board meeting in June
via video conference facility if the social distancing restrictions are still in force.
NAC portfolio companies are in the very high-risk category by nature, they are all early stage
companies, mostly not in profit yet and heavily reliant on outside investment. From the
communication with portfolio companies we have had to date, all have been impacted and are
suffering from reduced revenue. However, all are still currently trading and are doing their upmost
to cut costs, access government support and take advantage of the furloughing scheme. We will
know more about individual company circumstances when we draft the next NAC Board report.
The danger lies in a lack of investor confidence in the economy and therefore should any
portfolio company require an injection of cash they may struggle to raise investment from the
private sector.
UEA Enterprise Fund
The Service Level Agreement for the UEA Enterprise Fund has been signed and payment of
£250,000 for Year One has been paid.
LEP Innovative Projects Fund
Innovative Projects Fund (2018 Call) - £500,000.
Summary of Progress:
Seven projects under the 2018 call of the Innovative Projects Fund have a combined IPF allocation
and commitment of £539,531.
A total of £61,246 was paid to three projects in the last quarter which means that £140,000 has
been paid from the Innovative Projects Fund to date.
This has enabled the creation of 4 part time jobs and the availability of support to 25 businesses.
A total of £57,709.99 has been spent by Local Authorities and Private Match Funding of £61,750.35
has been reported.
All projects have been put on hold by the COVID 19 outbreak and this is likely to impact on the
timeframe required to complete projects.
Innovative Projects Fund (2019 Call) - £1.5m - Confidential
Inward investment
Work continues with plans to attend Wind Europe in Hamburg in September and Global offshore
Wind in Manchester and Offshore Energy in Amsterdam, both scheduled for October. We will be
exhibiting and promoting Norfolk and Suffolk as primary partners of DIT, alongside local
businesses and in October will launch our new energy sector branding.
We have organised a webinar, at the end of April, with a number of US based energy companies
who will promote Offshore Wind opportunities to our locally based supply chain. A follow up visit
is anticipated later this year.
Activity - a few examples of recent activity
The proposal we assembled for a second High Potential Opportunity (HPO) for Norfolk
and Suffolk has been approved by DIT to proceed to the next round. It is centred around
the Norwich Research park with a focus on food, diet, health and nutrition and how it
contributes to the Ageing Society Grand Challenge
We have responded to a significant inward investment enquiry linked to battery
manufacturing. This project will deliver up to 250 jobs, building c30,000 cells per year. We
worked closely with a local company to develop a joint proposal which will involve using
an existing building on their site, which offers a unique opportunity for the investor. It also
fits their tight timeline. We have already had a positive response to this offer and expect
to host visits once the lockdown is lifted
We have been entertaining an enquiry from a chocolate producer, which is seeking a 12
acre site for a new primary processing plant. We have been in detailed discussions with
the company regarding taking over an existing site in Suffolk. We are in competition with
the Humber for this project. In addition we have received 3 other smaller enquiries to
which we have responded.
Invest East project is on target in terms of spend and outputs. However, there is a
COVID-19 impact. The investment readiness programme delivery has moved online and
a recent seminar was delivered using this method with favourable responses. Eligible
inward investment impact is negatively impacted due to cancellation/postponement of
trade shows for lead generation. However, new staff resources for team will mitigate
against this, and inward investment enquiries (DIT and other derived) are
continuing. Match-funding in the form of staff time from SCC and New Anglia was
negatively impacted from Sept 2019 by personnel changes.
The penultimate “data cut” from DIT has been provided and we have extracted
information from it to provide a provisional picture of last year’s performance. 351 new
(inc a few safeguarded) jobs. 105 in Norfolk and 246 in Suffolk. A full report will follow in
The tender for the Evaluation Procurement Framework closed on Thursday, 9th April following a
short extension given the coronavirus outbreak and allowing companies more time to submit
tenders. A total of 15 tender submissions have now been received. We will be reviewing these
when resources allow over the coming weeks to develop a procurement framework, with a view
to commencing the first evaluation albeit over a longer timeframe than originally planned. This
evaluation will cover the four programmes as agreed by the LEP Board in January - New Anglia
Capital, Eastern Agri-Tech Initiative, Growing Places Fund and the Growing Business Fund.
Development of Investment Plan
Due to the current situation, the call for Expressions of Interest for the Investment Plan will
remain open and under review. A new closing date will be published once we have a better idea
of timescales.
The LEP will be reviewing all those Expressions of Interest that have been submitted to date,
albeit over a longer timeframe than originally planned.
The next meeting of the Skills Advisory Panel is scheduled for 21st May.
The planned projects for the investment plan are currently being reviewed and reshaped to
ensure that they meet the anticipated requirements of the COVID-19 recovery.
The apprenticeship levy work has slowed down but not stopped completely. The LEP has
supported Norfolk and Suffolk County Councils with an apprenticeship provider survey and its
results are being used to review and support our providers and inform government of local
EAN and Careers Hub
The Enterprise Adviser Network has continued to provide support to available Careers Leads and
Enterprise Advisers during the last couple of weeks, through virtual CPD sessions and the
collation and dissemination of online and virtual resources to support remote careers learning.
During half term, the team, have focused on completing in-depth SWOT analysis of their
caseloads of schools to identify short, medium and long-term needs. Additionally, from 10th April,
they will be supporting the Growth Hub advisers with fielding COVID-19 enquiry calls.
Transport Board
The next meeting of the Transport Board is scheduled to take place on 2nd June, focusing on
regional connectivity and our priority places.
Trowse Rail Bridge Upgrade
Progress is being made on the Trowse Railway Bridge upgrade, with the development of the
Reliability and Capacity study which is expected to be finalised at the end of May. A meeting to
look at actions to build political momentum around the project is arranged for 21st April.
Transport East
Consultants have been commissioned by the Transport East Senior Officer Group to undertake a
Decarbonisation study with a storyboard and stakeholder engagement plan.
Blue Tech Cluster Opportunity
Work has continued in exploring the opportunity to develop a Blue Tech cluster an intervention in
the LIS. Work has commenced on scoping the Blue Tech Hot House event centered around
innovation and opportunities at Felixstowe Port. Discussions are taking place with Felixstowe
Port, the Connected Places Catapult and BT to agree the aims of the event and the best format
for achieving these.
Greater South East Energy Hub
The Greater South East Energy Hub Board met in March and requested feedback on the types of
grid constraint issues being experienced and an update on existing sites. Information is currently
being collated from Local Authorities to feedback to the Board.
Clean Growth Action Plan
Mapping is underway of the climate change groups established across the area, helping us to
understand how their activities can help deliver the clean growth action plan and identify potential
members who could join a clean growth taskforce. The main bulk of this work has been put on
hold whilst LEP staff are supporting the COVID19 response.
European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF)
The £5.5m funding application to ERDF to support the development of a Food Innovation Centre
and associated innovation support programme, was submitted on 30th March. MHCLG have
indicated that appraisal of the project may be slightly delayed by Covid 19 response work, but the
LEP will be urging them to minimise delay as the project has the potential to form a key part of
the recovery and growth plans of the food sector in Norfolk and Suffolk from next year.
Knowledge and Evidence
The LEP’s economic analysis resource has been engaging with external partners and the LEP
skills team to assess additional data analysis tools, to support our on-going Skills Advisory Panel.
This has highlighted the potential for additional analytical tools that have clear benefit, however,
we are still assessing the accessibility of these benefits, as its unlikely we could reap the full
benefits these tools offer - without additional dedicated resource from both the LEP, and our local
authority partners.
3) Engagement
This section covers engagement activity with local stakeholders, including local authorities, local
businesses and MPs. It also covers activity with Government and our wider international activity.
The Communications and Engagement Dashboard is included as Appendix A to this report.
Norfolk & Suffolk Unlimited / Norfolk and Suffolk Commercial Property System
As part of the Norfolk and Suffolk Unlimited activity, a new online tool has been developed to
help local businesses and potential inward investors search for available commercial property
and land across Norfolk and Suffolk. The tool allows users to search an extensive database
which is updated daily by a direct feed from the Estates Gazette (EGI) service with data sourced
from commercial agents. The new system also allows the LEP’s Enterprise Zone team to directly
update and promote specific Enterprise Zone development opportunities.
A soft launch and phased roll out is planned, in light of the current situation. This will include, at
the next stage, the addition of an option for users to download personalised, bespoke investment
reports to cover key sector and location information as well as specific commercial property
details that they have selected. The option to create and profile specific, wider geographic zones
will also be added in future to help promote areas such as the Cambridge Norwich Tech Corridor
and the A14 Corridor as examples.
In addition to this, New Anglia LEP has also signed up to the national Estates Gazette Radius
Data Exchange. Over 200 agents are signed up to this service and contribute and share the
latest data and intelligence on the commercial property market including vacancy rates, planning,
deals activity, lease data and news on regional market activity. For the first time the LEP will be
able to access important data to help assess and track market performance and trends as well as
receiving the latest real estate news. Radius is the only platform that offers commercial property
transaction information contributed directly from agents as well as tracking planning and
construction activity to help inform our local strategies and marketing campaign activity.
New Anglia Innovation Board
The New Anglia Innovation Board has a programme of activity which drives business-led
innovation and supports access to innovation funding. Whilst a number of activities, including the
Innovation Forum (digital meets clean energy) and Innovation Marketplace have been put on
hold whilst social distancing measures are in place, there is still a considerable amount of activity
still being delivered. Supporting the Ideas Foundation of the Local Industrial Strategy, activities
include an innovation mentoring scheme which supports businesses to access Innovate UK
funding as well as the development of the Innovation Prospectus to link up and promote centres
of excellence - timing of launch will be carefully planned around the recovery phase.
Sector Groups and Industry Councils
Work on the Agri-Food, Digital and All Energy Industry Councils is progressing, with each Council
now having a draft Delivery Plan which sets out the Council’s key priorities and actions to support
delivery of the Local Industrial Strategy and Economic Strategy. A number of sector projects
were successful in securing funding in the last round of Innovative Projects Fund, including the
New Anglia Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering (NAAME), New Anglia Cultural Board and
ORE Catapult, so work is underway to rescope these projects in order to maximise their potential
for supporting economic recovery.
Ipswich Vision
Although events are currently on hold in Ipswich including the Cornhill based activity as a result
of the COVID19 lock down, communication with the Ipswich Vision partners continues as we
track potential impact of COVID19 on the high street and the retail and leisure sector in
particular. The Government’s official guidance on the national Towns Fund which was
announced last year, of which Ipswich is included, has been delayed but it is expected that
details will be released soon allowing work to progress on a bid to support regeneration in central
Ipswich as part of the post-COVID19 recovery.
Cambridge Norwich Tech Corridor
The Tech Corridor team is continuing to deliver the 2020 plan and so work is progressing but due
to current circumstances, all events have been postponed. The team has reallocated part of their
time to work with the Norfolk and Suffolk COVID -19 response, supporting the Comms activities
(e.g. updating the business script), supporting the Economic Impact workstream and leading one
of the PPE supply chain workstreams. The team will continue to work on ongoing activities such
as a development plan for the Engineering and Manufacturing Sector which secured £180,000 of
funding through the Innovative Projects Fund.
Key diary dates
The LEP is involved in a number of key launches and events over the next few months.
Listed below are some of the key events planned. These are obviously subject to change.
10-13 March 2020 MIPIM Cannes - rescheduled to 2-5 June
May 2020
Launch of The Hold expected
July 2020
Expected completion of building work on new CEFAS headquarters
2020/21 academic
UEA, UoS, City College Norwich and Suffolk New College projects to
launch. Suffolk Digitech centre expected to launch in December 2020.
4) Governance, Operations and Finance
This section provides an update for the board on any key operational matters as well as a
headline summary of the LEP’s operational finances.
Risk Register
The current risk score for risk 11, Growth Deal Delivery, has increased from medium to high. The
coronavirus pandemic has introduced additional delays, where some projects had recently
overcome planning constraints and land purchase issues. The LEP may need to consider
advance payments and capital swaps with councils when judged to be appropriate.
Annual Performance Review
Our Annual Performance Review meeting was held on 7th February. On 3rd April we received
formal notification from Government that our outcomes across the three themes were:
Governance: Good
Delivery: Good
Strategic Impact: Requirements Met (Scoring in this category is Met / Not Met)
The notification also confirmed that we will receive our grant offer letter relating to our Local
Growth Fund and core funding allocations for the 2020/21 year shortly.
At this difficult time our operational priority is to pay our suppliers and staff on time to ensure we
do not contribute to the financial hardship of others.
We have commenced preparation work for our audit and undertook a comprehensive planning
call with Price Bailey on 27th March. This covered confirmation of the operation of systems and
processes as well as agreement of audit arrangements. The final audit is due to take place in the
two weeks commencing 18th May, with the Audit and Risk Committee scheduled for 23rd June.
We are currently working towards these key dates however given coronavirus we may
experience unavoidable slippage. For information, the local authority deadline for publication of
final, audited accounts has been pushed back from 31 July 2020 to 30 November 2020.
The board is asked to:
Note the contents of the report
Communications activity
March 2020
This dashboard sets out the outcomes and impact of communication during March
2020 through owned media - the information which we control and issue ourselves -
and earned media (third-party outlets). (*Refers to pre-GDPR numbers)
Owned media - social media channels and e-newsletters
March 2019
Feb 2020
March 2020
New Anglia LEP
Number of Twitter followers
Number of clicked links per month
Average Twitter engagements per
day (likes, retweets etc.)
Number of impressions (the
number of times a tweet showed in
someone’s timeline)
Number of Linkedin followers
Number of impressions on Linkedin
E-newsletter: open rate
E-newsletter: click-through rate
Norfolk & Suffolk Unlimited
Number of Twitter followers
Number of clicks per month
Average Twitter engagements per
day (likes, retweets etc.)
Number of impressions (number of
times users saw our tweet)
Number of LinkedIn followers
Top Tweet - New Anglia LEP
A call to action for businesses to
provide personal protective equipment
for frontline workers during COVID-19
attracted a huge amount of
engagement on Twitter. It earned
almost 7,000 impressions and was
shared 37 times.
Top Tweet - Norfolk & Suffolk Unlimited
Norfolk & Suffolk Unlimited’s best
performing tweet was a Friday Fact
about Thetford Forest, attracting
almost 2,000 impressions and 34
Media coverage - New Anglia LEP
Our story about our Growing Business
Fund and Small Grant Scheme grants
reaching £30m was the lead story in
the Eastern Daily Press and East
Anglian Daily Times business section
and published online. Against a
backdrop of COVID-19, this was a very
positive piece showcasing the
significant support available to
businesses from the LEP and the
Growth Hub.
This region’s leading role in the growth
of tech businesses was underlined in
the latest Tech Nation report and this
was covered by the EDP and EADT.
Cambridge Norwich Tech Corridor
programme director Linn Clabburn was
quoted in the article.
Other positive coverage in the EADT
included the £70,000 grant awarded to
Suffolk sausage firm Musk’s towards
its expansion, and the first tenant at
The Maltings office complex in Ipswich,
the development of which was
kickstarted by a £600,000 loan from
our Growing Places Fund.
Media coverage - Norfolk & Suffolk Unlimited
Some of the businesses who joined
Norfolk & Suffolk Unlimited’s trade
mission to a major food and drink
event in Amsterdam earlier this year
have clinched deals as a result. The
Pickle House, based in Stowmarket,
now has a distributor in The
Netherlands and the company was
featured in a story in the EADT.
Google Analytics - New Anglia LEP website
In March, the LEP website had 16,778
page views (up 783 on February), and
the most popular pages were those
offering information about business
support during COVID-19 and the
Small Grant Scheme.
Visitors spent an average of 2:10
visiting the site (up 1 minute and 16
seconds) and of those visiting the site,
66.8% were new visitors (down 2.2%
and 33.2% were returning (up 2.2%).
New Anglia LEP Board Forward Plan - 2020
Forward Looking
Governance & Delivery
29th January
Aims and Objectives for the Year
Local Industrial Strategy - investment plan
Brexit impact report
Evaluation Framework
Board Recruitment
Remuneration Committee ToR
Growth Programme, EAN, Enterprise Zones & NAC Reports
Quarterly Management Accounts
26th February
Ipswich Town Hall,
Establishment of Clean Growth Taskforce and framework
Governance - reporting from industry councils and other sub-boards
Development of Tourism sector action plan
Investment Plan Pipeline
Economic and Programme Dashboards
Growth Deal Performance Report
25th March
LEP Delivery plan 20/21
LEP updated Local Assurance Framework 20/21
LEP Operating Budget 20/21
Economic Shocks - Brexit & COVID-19
Election of Deputy Chair
Enterprise Zones, EAN and Agritech Performance Reports
21st April
LEP Continuing Business
LEP Response to COVID-19
Business Resilience and Recovery Scheme
Board recruitment
20th May
Growth Programme and Growth Deal Performance Reports
Economic and Programme Dashboards
Capital Budget 20/21
Quarterly Management Accounts
Investment Plan Update
23rd June
Enterprise Zones and Agritech Performance Reports
Equal Opportunity & Diversity Policy Report
Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking statement
21st July
Felixstowe Port,
Innovation Board progress report
Tourism Action Plan
Transport Board progress report
Draft accounts
Investment Plan Sign Off
Growth Programme Performance Report
NAC Bi-Annual Report
Apprenticeship Levy Pool
Quarterly Management Accounts
No Board Meeting
23rd September
National Centre for
Enterprise Zones
Enterprise Zones Performance Report
Writing, Norwich
Agritech Industry Council progress report
Economic and Programme Dashboards
Growth Deal Performance Report
23rd September
New Anglia LEP AGM
21st October
Sutton Hoo
Skills Advisory Panel update
Evaluation on LEP programmes
ICT Digital Industry Council progress report
Growth Programme Performance Report
Agritech Report
Quarterly Management Accounts
25th November
Centrum, Norwich,
Growth Deal
Economic and Programme Dashboards
Growth Deal Performance Report
No Board Meeting
Standing Items (where relevant)
B rexit
Local Industrial Strategy
IAC recommendations
Chief Executive’s Report including updates on
o Programmes
o Strategy
o Engagement and promotion
o Governance, Operations and Finance
Board Forward Plan
Items to be Scheduled
Equality & Diversity Training
Investment Plan
Social Investment
Town Deals (May)
Digital Skills Project
Inward investment strategy
Skills Advisory Panel plans and progress
Energy Industry Council progress report
Opportunity Areas progress report