New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership Board Meeting
Wednesday 23rd September 2020
10.00 - 12.00pm
Via MS Teams
5 minutes
Welcome from the Chair
Declarations of Interest
Actions / Minutes from the last meeting
Forward Looking
Innovation Board Update
Institute of Technology
For Approval
Suffolk Inclusive Growth Investment Fund
For Approval
Chief Executive’s Report
New Anglia Capital Bi-Annual Report - confidential
September Performance Reports including confidential
Board Forward Plan
Any Other Business
New Anglia Board Meeting Minutes (Unconfirmed)
26th August 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 (CJG)
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
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
Jeanette Wheeler (JW)
Kathy Atkinson (KA)
Kettle Foods
Mark Ash (MA)
Suffolk County Council
Vince Muspratt (VM)
Norfolk County Council
Bethan Hache (BH)
Nick Banks (NB)
Scrutton Bland
Chris Starkie (CS)
New Anglia LEP
Helen Wilton (HW)
New Anglia LEP
Actions from the meeting: (26.08.20)
Welcome from the Chair
Doug Field (DF) welcomed everyone to the meeting including Nick Banks, chair of the Audit and Risk
Apologies were received from Alan Waters, Dominic Keen and Tim Whitley.
Declarations of Interest
DF declared an interest in Supapass, (Item 5, New Anglia LEP Accounts).
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 21st July 2020
LEP Accounts 19/20 - Confidential
Chris Starkie (CS) presented the accounts to the Board and advised that that they been
already been approved by the Audit & Risk Committee via written procedures.
Nick Banks (NB), chair of the Audit & Risk Committee, highlighted the process which had
been carried out to review the New Anglia Capital (NAC) investments given the impact of
the pandemic and clarified the adjustments which had been made.
CS highlighted the changes to processes which will be carried out to proactively manage
Pot C income going forwards to avoid the need for future adjustments in EZ income.
The Board agreed:
To note the content of the report
To approve the annual financial statements and audit management letter; and approve
them for signing by the Chair
DF thanked NB for giving up his time to chair the Audit & Risk Committee
NB left the meeting
Food Innovation Centre Update - Confidential
The Board agreed:
To note the content of the report
Chief Executive’s Report - including confidential items
CS presented the report to the Board and highlighted key items.
The Resilience and Recovery scheme has now awarded 57 grants totalling over £2.1m.
2000 businesses had registered for the Visitor & Wider Economy Grant Scheme but only
around 200 can be supported. Applications are being reviewed to identify whether other
grants are suitable.
Peer to Peer Network - The LEP has been awarded funding to enable 250 businesses to
take part in the new programme. The businesses will be divided into cohorts of 11. The
programme will be delivered between October 2020 and March 2021.
Tourism Minister Visit - CS participated in a visit to Norfolk by the Tourism Minister who
was impressed with the work carried out which has brought together so many key partners
to produce the Visitor Economy Recovery Plan.
The Visitor Economy Recovery Plan helped secured £350k in funding from Government for
a marketing programme to promote holidays in Norfolk and Suffolk.
CS encouraged board members to promote and participate in the Restart Festival which
the LEP is organising with a range of partners and will provide two days of advice and help
for businesses. It takes place online on September 29th and 30th.
CS advised that the Strategy team are supporting local authorities and healthcare boards
in the provision of data to support them in assisting local businesses and in the provision of
a toolkit for use in the case of a suspected outbreak.
The Board agreed:
To note the content of the report
Board Forward Plan
DF advised that the AGM will be held online with some pre-recorded elements
CS reviewed the items for the September meeting.
The Board agreed:
To note the content of the plan
Any Other Business
DF noted that Steve Oliver (SO) had agreed to chair the Local Transport Board following DF’s
departure from the LEP Board and thanked him for taking on the role.
In doing so SO will stand down from the NAC Board which will require two new members to
ensure quoracy going forward. A proposal will be brought to the September meeting
Actions from New Anglia LEP Board Meetings
Target Date
Clean Growth Taskforce
Board members to consider a pledge which the Board could make and submit suggestions to
the Chair.
Growth Hub Presentation
Growth Hub Annual review to be circulated to the Board when published
The reviwe will now be published in Autumn 2020 to include the period
since March.
New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership Board
Wednesday 23rd September 2020
Agenda Item 5
New Anglia Innovation Board
Author: Madeleine Coupe
Presenter Julian Munson
This paper provides an update on the New Anglia Innovation Board, a formal sub-group of New
Anglia LEP.
The Board is invited to note the contents of the paper and sub-board reporting report (appendix
The Innovation Board was set up in 2015 to provide a focus for decision making and leadership
regarding innovation strategy, programme and project development. Since its inception, it has
championed a number of initiatives including the Government Science and Innovation Audits
and building strategic relationships with national organisations such as Innovate UK and the
Catapult Network.
As an important foundation of productivity, innovation is at the centre of the Government’s
Industrial Strategy and a key focus within the Economic Strategy and Local Industrial Strategy.
Given this increasing focus, in 2019 the LEP Innovation Board adopted a delivery plan with four
strategic objectives.
New Anglia Innovation Board
At their meeting in February, the Innovation Board approved a new membership, structure,
purpose and set of workstreams. The Board’s Terms of Reference have been updated to reflect
the changes and will shortly be adopted by the group, subject to the LEP Board’s endorsement.
Membership: membership of the Innovation Forum includes representatives from three
universities (University of East Anglia, University of Suffolk and Norwich University of
the Arts), five innovation hubs (CEFAS, Hethel, Norwich Research Park, Adastral Park
and Orbis Energy), Local Authorities (Suffolk and Norfolk County Councils) as well as
an observer from Innovate UK. The board is currently chaired by Johnathan Reynolds,
managing director of Opergy and LEP private sector board member - providing a clear
link between the LEP board and the Innovation board.
Structure: the Innovation Board also delivers the Innovation Forum, a quarterly
facilitated session which brings together regional partners to discuss key issues and
opportunities including cross sector innovation. Although major events have been put on
hold due to Covid-19, a virtual version of the Innovation Forum will take place at the
Restart Festival looking at innovating in a crisis.
Purpose: The Innovation Board maintains strategic focus and thought leadership in
innovation, on behalf of the main LEP Board and support the delivery of innovation
activity outlined in the Economic Strategy & Local Industrial Strategy. It has agreed a set
of four high-level strategic objectives:
Norfolk and Suffolk are recognised as a centre for pioneering ideas, meeting the
challenges we face globally;
Science and innovation are net contributors to the Norfolk and Suffolk economy;
A highly skilled workforce equipped with the skills necessary to access the
techniques and business practices needed for innovation;
Existing assets continue to strengthen and develop into a pan-regional innovation
Workstreams: In order to successfully deliver on the four strategic objectives, a set of
workstreams have been defined with key activities under each being delivered:
Improve the innovation infrastructure in Norfolk and Suffolk by supporting key
strategic projects. An example of delivery in this workstream is the bid to Strength in
Places Fund for the project Sunrise Coast. The project has been successful in securing
development funding with the project team now undertaking work to develop the £29m
second round bid. This is the first time that the three world leading research institutes of
CEFAS, ORE Catapult and UEA have worked together.
Increase the level public and private sector investment in innovation. An example
of delivery in this workstream is the Innovation Mentoring Scheme which has secured
£ 274,760 through the LEP’s Innovative Projects Fund to provide expert support for
businesses bidding for innovation funding. Norfolk and Suffolk businesses have
traditionally faired less well than comparator areas in securing funding from bodies such
as Innovate UK.
Support the innovation ecosystem in Norfolk and Suffolk, developing and
promoting innovation clusters. An example of delivery in this workstream is the
Funding Fit programme launched in partnership with the Cambridge Norwich Tech
Corridor to support businesses with making connections when bidding for innovation
Assist and develop the best talent for delivering innovation at the scientific,
technical and business levels. An example of delivery in this workstream is the
development of capital skills projects such as the University of Suffolk/ Adastral Park
Digitech Centre funded in part via the LEP Growth Deal.
Links to Economic Strategy and Local Industrial Strategy
The work of the Innovation Board supports the Economic Strategy priorities of Collaborating to
Grow, Driving Business Growth and Productivity. Interventions being delivered directly support
the Local Industrial Strategy Ideas Foundation.
The Board is invited to:
Note the contents of the paper and sub-board reporting report (appendix 1).
Appendix 1
Sub- Board Reporting
Innovation Board
LEP Board: Johnathan Reynolds
LEP Team: Madeleine Coupe
Meeting Frequency:
Key Objectives and their link to
Update on actions / activity
Next Steps
the NSES and LIS
Support and engagement with key strategic innovation projects to ensure
Monitor impact of funded projects
alignment with LIS and ES including:
in relation to innovation (ongoing)
Improve the innovation
Productivity East
Support phase 2 bid for Strength
infrastructure in Norfolk and
University of Suffolk / Adastral Park Digi Hub
in Places Fund Q4 2020
Suffolk by supporting key
Stowmarket Innovation Labs
strategic projects.
Ipswich Waterfront Innovation Centre, Ipswich
Collaborative tech hub in Norwich City centre
NSES: Driving Business Growth
Review other potential innovation hub proposals
and Productivity
LIS: Infrastructure, Clean Energy,
The Sunrise Coast (Strength in Places Fund)
The bid for development funding has been successful with the project now
undertaking work to develop the £29m second round bid.
This is the first time that the three world leading research institutes of
CEFAS, ORE Catapult and UEA have worked together.
UKRI’s feedback on the first stage submission highlighted the region’s
diversity in energy generation, with a mixture of offshore wind, gas and
nuclear, that could benefit from greater integration and collaboration
between research centres and industry.
The UKRI panel recognised the application’s high quality, which was
considered “highly innovative”.
Increase the level public and
Innovation Mentoring Scheme, £ 274,760 secured to provide expert
Support the launch of the
private sector investment in
support for businesses bidding for innovation funding. The steering group
Innovation Mentoring Programme,
is meeting monthly and includes members of the LEP Innovation Team.
monitor outputs and efficacy.
The project should begin to offer mentoring by October.
NSES: Driving Business Growth
Innovation Marketplace to link businesses with commercial opportunities
Engage with new Project Manager
and Productivity
through a brokering model. The event has been scoped with BT
once in post.
supporting by offering dormant technology under licence for
Ensure innovation partners aware
LIS: Ideas
commercialisation. The physical event has been postponed due to Covid-
and referring to the GTI Scheme.
19, but future opportunities are being explored including the AI Festival.
Arrange/support annual
Investment Catalyst (led by Cambridge Norwich Tech Corridor) to
Investment Catalyst event in Q3
support scale-up/ high-growth businesses in the region to gain support
Continue to develop the
and access to private sector investors and to promote the region as an
Innovation Marketplace and
investible proposition. Due to Covid-19 the Investment Catalyst has been
launch at an appropriate time.
reworked to run as an online platform. As a result, the Catalyst will also
be able to gather assets from partners such as the Growth Hub, Invest
East and ACG in one location, making it easier for businesses to navigate
the support available.
The LEP’s Growth Through Innovation programme supported with a
healthy pipeline of projects. A full list of approvals is available here, with
companies such as Spark EV and Thyngs receiving funding.
Support the innovation
Innovate UK Conference: Innovate UK’s regional conference took
Explore opportunities to further
ecosystem in Norfolk and
place at Norwich Research Park in March. Working with NRP, LEP
engage with Innovate UK
Suffolk, developing and
Innovation Team organised a breakfast for delegates with presentations
conference 2021
promoting innovation clusters.
on the innovation assets and capabilities in Norfolk and Suffolk.
Develop, launch and promote the
Innovation Prospectus: Publish a prospectus which links up and
Innovation Prospectus.
NSES: Collaborating to Grow, Our
promotes the innovation centres in Norfolk and Suffolk. A key element of
If Connected Innovation bid
Offer to the World
the Connected Innovation activity and linked to the scope (referenced
successful with Norfolk Strategic
below), plans are now progressing on the development of the
Fund, a similar commitment is
LIS: Ideas
prospectus, in digital format, to be launched in Autumn 2020.
needed from Suffolk to run the
Connected Innovation: Scope out and develop a project which seeks
programme. If not successful,
to join up the innovation infrastructure and assets across the region.
resources need to be secured
Seek resources and funding to deliver the project. Scope in progress
from another source.
and being developed in partnership with the Tech Council. Capability
Successfully deliver the Innovation
matrix and hub engagement in process. A bid was developed for Norfolk
Forum and rescope the
Strategic Fund for the project, outcome expected in September.
programme for the rest of the
Engage with national connections such as KTN and Catapult Network.
The ORE Catapult Regional manager is in post and has been co-funded
Deliver the next Funding Fit on
by New Anglia LEP. This has proven to be a positive step in working
29th September, looking at the
closely with ORE Catapult to develop programmes in the region
Innovate UK Deployment of
including Fit 4 Offshore Renewables which has secured £150,000 to
Energy Efficiency Technologies in
roll out the programme in Norfolk and Suffolk. The first cohort to be
Industry funding call.
announced in Autumn 2020. The relationship with ORE Catapult has
also enabled greater engagement with others such as the Connected
Places Catapult.
Engagements made with key KTN staff with attendance at some events.
Innovation Forum: substantial events programme e.g. Digital meets
Energy postponed due to Covid-19 but the programme has been pivoted
online with the first event to take place at the Restart Festival, Innovating
in a Crisis with presentations from the User Story and Big Drop who
have innovated, created and taken on new challenges to tackle the
impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Funding Fit: a new programme launched in partnership with the Tech
Corridor to support businesses with making connections when bidding
for innovation funding. Two events have been delivered online based on
the “Driving the Change to Net Zero” and “Sustainable Innovation”
Innovate UK funding calls. Positive feedback has been received with
over 20 attendees on each call. Businesses collaborated with each other
and showed a great level of support with further conversations to be had
The last workshop took place on 05/08 to develop a bid to Innovate UK
for Industrial Research to develop a regional digitised supply chain. The
proposal was well received at the event and a bid for up to £3m is now
being developed with partners.
The LEP is supporting Warren Services with an Industrial Research bid
for ~£1m. The Institute for Manufacturing at Cambridge University has
joined as lead research partner.
NSES: Driving Skills and Inclusion
Supported and inputted into the emerging tech sector skills plan
Review the interventions in sector
LIS: People
Skills capital projects such as Productivity East and Digitech Centre are
skills plan and champion delivery
all progressing well and soon to be delivering training to students.
- Innovation Board to review in Q4
Skills - assist and develop the best
Provide support to SAP as needed
talent for delivering innovation at
Support capital skills projects from
the scientific, technical and
and innovation perspective
business levels
New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership Board
Wednesday 23rd September 2020
Agenda Item 6
Institute of Technology - Wave 2
Authors: Lisa Roberts, Karen Gibson (Norfolk County Council), Michael Gray (Suffolk County
Presenter: Chris Starkie
The Department for Education (DfE) will be launching the Institute of Technology second wave
competition in the Autumn. The LEP, Norfolk County Council and Suffolk County Council have
worked jointly to develop a set of clear expectations for local applicants over and above the
national guidance. This paper sets out the proposed process and local framework which will be
used to assist with this.
The Board are asked to agree the proposed process and local framework which will be used to
set out regional expectations for Institute of Technology proposals covering Norfolk and Suffolk.
In December 2017 the Department for Education (DfE) launched a £170m competition to
establish 10 to 15 prestigious new Institutes of Technology (IoT), which will specialise in
delivering new higher level technical and digital skills that employers need. 12 bids were
successful unfortunately the collaborative bid covering Norfolk and Suffolk, led by West Suffolk
Collage, was unsuccessful.
Developing the IoT network continues to be a government priority and as a result it launched its
prospectus and Expression of Interest (EoI) for wave 2 in February this year.
IoTs are the Government’s flagship programme designed to spearhead the delivery of higher
technical education in STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) subjects. IoTs are
bringing together employers with FE Colleges and Universities into a new type of prestigious
The Government wants businesses and education and training providers to work together to
deliver relevant level 4 and 5 skills1 to learners that are highly sought after by employers,
notably in technical disciplines and particularly in STEM areas. These institutions will help
tackle the skills gap at a local, regional and national level and extend opportunity to thousands
of people.
1 Most qualifications have a difficulty level. The higher the level, the more difficult the qualification is. Level 4 includes
higher apprenticeships, higher national certificate (HNC) and certificate of higher education (CertHE), Level 5
includes diploma of higher education (DipHE), foundation degree and higher national diploma (HND). This is not an
extensive list for more information
In April, the Department for Education (DfE) wrote to LEPs with an update on their plans for the
Institute of Technology - Wave 2. The update stated that DfE are ‘likely to only allow a
maximum of 1 proposal per LEP area to progress from Stage 1 to Stage 2’. (It is unclear to date
how this decision will be made by DfE).
The EoI stage earlier in the year was optional and does not exclude any new applicants
submitting to stage one. Although the LEP does not have sight of all the submitted EoI’s it is
understood that there were three from the area.
In July DfE published its draft Eligibility Conditions and draft Assessment Framework for stage
one of wave two with the caveat that it not the final version. Given the challenges of Covid-19
DfE wanted to provide some direction and time for potential applicants to start to develop
proposals and IoT collaboration prior to the launch of the competition which is expected to be in
the Autumn 2020.
Key Considerations
Improving the level of technical skills in our local workforce is a key priority and the ambition of
securing an Institute of Technology is clearly stated in the Economic Strategy. Following
discussion with both Norfolk and Suffolk County Councils, we all believe it is timely and
appropriate for us to make a joint statement on our expectations for a good IoT.
The LEP with Norfolk and Suffolk County Council have developed a local framework setting out
these local expectations against each of the national criteria - Appendix A. The Skills Advisory
Panel endorsed the framework at its meeting in August.
We are anticipating providers delivering an ambitious curriculum developed in true partnership
with employers which:
Is accessible to learners throughout Norfolk and Suffolk.
Addresses social mobility challenges.
Is genuinely responsive to the changing requirements of sectors and the economy and
the individual businesses in these sectors.
Delivers work ready graduates plus fosters the necessity and enthusiasm for lifelong
Has clear entry and exit routes.
Provides a range of qualification types and delivery methods that drives forward our
Economic Strategy, Local Industrial Strategy and Covid-19 recovery work.
Builds on LEP and county council investments in educational capital builds, skills
initiatives and key sector support areas.
If the LEP and/or county councils are asked to endorse proposals or make a recommendation
to DfE then this framework will be utilised to make these judgements.
The local skills officer group which has representatives from the LEP plus Norfolk and Suffolk
County Councils will carry out this assessment using the framework set out in Appendix A.
Recommendations will be ratified by the Skills Advisory Panel who would make a final
recommendation to the LEP Board for approval.
Link to Strategic Objectives
The Economic Strategy states ‘Work with Government to establish an Institute of Technology
that builds on our strengths and meets the increasing need for higher level technical skills in
key areas such as energy, engineering and manufacturing’.
Next Steps
Following approval of the LEP Board the local framework and process will be shared with local
education providers and partners.
Once confirmation has been received from DfE of the LEPs role the Board will be notified.
Appendix A - Norfolk and Suffolk Institute of Technology Wave 2 Local Framework
The Board are asked to agree the proposed process and local framework which will be used to
set out regional expectations for Institute of Technology proposals covering Norfolk and Suffolk.
Appendix A
An Institute of Technology
Norfolk and Suffolk
Purpose of this Document
The following guidance has been co-developed by the New Anglia LEP, Norfolk and Suffolk
County Councils and has been endorsed by the LEP Board.
This information is provided to assist all those looking to develop proposals for an Institute
of Technology in Norfolk and Suffolk. It is intended to help ensure that those proposals are
developed in line with local priorities and expectations. This guidance should be read and
considered in conjunction with the latest national draft guidance issued on the 24th July
2020. The framework below is therefore provided in a similar format using the same
assessment area headings.
In order to keep the work involved in developing a proposal as streamlined as possible, it is
expected that applicants will, wherever possible, use this guidance to embed an alignment
with local expectations into the development of their main proposal documents, as and
where practical to do so.
Some local expectations are referred to under multiple assessment areas in the framework
below. It is not, however, the expectation that the applicant will repeat the same detail
under multiple headings in their application unless directed to do so by the national
guidance. Instead applicants should highlight where the relevant text can be found.
The applicant must determine for themselves if there are any areas of this framework that
detract from providing the optimum answer possible to the national guidance. If there are,
we would invite the applicant to discuss with us how best to demonstrate their alignment
with the local expectations outlined. This may include providing information in addition to
that contained within the main proposal.
The New Anglia LEP, Norfolk and Suffolk County Councils will use this guidance to ascertain
how closely each proposal meets our local expectations. In the event that it is necessary for
the LEP Board or the County Councils to provide endorsement or letters of support for one
single proposal, each proposal will be assessed as to how well they meet the local
expectations outlined here in the four main areas of additionality, strategic fit, leverage and
Additionality - We are expecting additional and enhanced provision to the current
offer allowing for inclusive growth while addressing curriculum shortfalls in specific
subject areas or delivery locations. We need to grow the access to higher level
technical education across the region and make it attainable by reducing barriers to
learning. Curriculum and delivery should be employer led and offer opportunities for
students and employers to engage while both benefiting from the experience.
Strategic Fit - The proposal delivers and contributes to the key skills priorities and
opportunities for the region including those of the Skills Advisory Panel and those
included within the Norfolk and Suffolk Economic Strategy and the Local
Industrial Strategy We would
expect new provision to deliver on our Skills Advisory Panel objectives and to
develop a two way communication channel to share intelligence and reflections. The
objectives are:
o Driving skills progression for the workforce - encouraging lifelong
professional development, upskilling and reskilling which will future-proof
New Anglia business, boost productivity and improve the quality of our
products, services and supply chains.
o Providing agile and responsive training provision for key sectors - working
in partnership with businesses, developing innovative training courses, able
to meet the emerging needs of the New Anglia economy
o Equipping young people for success - unlocking the abilities, confidence and
potential of young people, equipping this future generation with the
technical skills, digital, entrepreneurship and problem-solving capabilities for
further and higher education and ultimately employment in our evolving
technical sectors
o Tackling barriers to employment - Developing stepping stone opportunities
for vulnerable and disadvantaged groups to develop the skills required to
enter, re-enter or transfer employment to benefit from productive careers in
our technical sectors.
Leverage - The LEP believes that working in partnership leverages competitive
advantage - i.e. through greater collaboration we can enhance the competitive
strengths of our region. We need our providers to work collaboratively, collectively
and inclusively through partnerships with us and our stakeholders to become
globally recognised for our strengths and specialisms. Collaboration, mutual respect
and delivery to the highest quality is vital to make great strides in our education
Deliverability - Although we have high aspirations, we expect proposals to be
credible - ambitious but mindful of challenges that are currently faced. Addressing
these barriers as part of the offer, such as tutor shortages, will be looked upon
Norfolk and Suffolk Institute of Technology Wave 2 Local Framework
All proposals should clearly meet the eligibility requirements as stated in the national eligibility
IoT Focus
Strategic Fit - the proposal delivers and contributes to the key skills priorities and opportunities
for the region including those of the Skills Advisory Panel and those included within the Norfolk
and Suffolk Economic Strategy
suffolk/ and the Local Industrial Strategy
The rationale for the curriculum chosen draws on the local research undertaken to identify the
current and likely future demand for skills required to deliver on the Local Industrial Strategy in
the next 5 to 10 years. This includes work such as the suite of sector skills plans and supporting
evidence bases and the Technical Skills Legacy Report
for Norfolk and Suffolk
It is expected that proposals will also clearly outline how the proposal will contribute to the
recovery of the region from the Covid-19 crisis.
Specifically, it is expected that an IoT proposal for Norfolk and Suffolk will include details of its:
focus on sectoral specialisms that supports our identity as the UK’s clean growth region - a
globally recognised, technology-driven creative and inclusive economy, leading the
transition to a post-carbon economy through sustainable food production and sustainable
energy generation
contribution to our ambition to become a global exemplar for low carbon energy
production, exporting services, skills and expertise globally
expansion and enhancement of the provision available to provide higher level technical
skills in energy, engineering and manufacturing
provision that enables the application of new knowledge, technologies and systems within
agriculture to increase the sustainability and effectiveness of our agri-food sector
focus on our distinctive ICT and digital strengths that will support productivity and growth
such as telecoms, cyber security, quantum technology and artificial intelligence
means to deliver the New Anglia Youth Pledge that every young person will have the
support needed to get into education, training or an apprenticeship
broad range of additional opportunities that enable all residents to upskill throughout
their lives and progress
commitment to help raise aspiration across all ages and inform individual choices across
the region
focus on the leadership requirements for our region - supporting both our entrepreneurs
and the development of new high growth businesses
clear entry routes into our focus sectors including the creation of routes through and into
higher and degree level apprenticeships
Compelling Vision - the case made for establishing an IoT in Norfolk and Suffolk is strong and
compelling with an ambition and determination to deliver world class provision and skills. There is
a clear vision for what the IoT will achieve.
The proposal fully grasps the opportunity to build on our key and distinct assets and advantages -
such as the unique diversity and strength of our energy sector, our recognised technology
clusters, our position as the leading LEP area for agricultural output and world leading research
and the location of the UK’s largest container port.
It maximises the impact of recent investments across our local training offer - including
investments made through local Growth Deal funding - building on the individual strategies of
each of the academic partners.
The vision provides a broad scope for impact but with clarity over the initial specialisms to be
focused on.
The proposal is as specific as possible (e.g. which growth locations, competitive clusters,
industries, businesses etc.) regarding the innovation it will create and the opportunities for
growth that it will support and unlock, including the resulting scale of impact on the region, the
nation and the world.
The proposal is as specific as possible (e.g. which geographical areas, which indicators of
inclusivity, level of impact) regarding ambitions, plans and commitments to support the creation
of a more inclusive economy.
Breadth of collaboration - wide collective ownership and connections across the geography - a
truly pan Norfolk and Suffolk approach to deliver an inclusive economy with a highly skilled
workforce. The IoT should work openly and in collaboration with all key stakeholders, not just the
IoT partners themselves, as a key component of our wider technical offer. Clear connections to be
established with the regional skills governance landscape - including the Skills Advisory Panel and
sector skills plan groups - to ensure that the IoT continues to delivery in line with regional
priorities such as those outlined in the Economic Strategy for Norfolk and Suffolk, Local Industrial
Strategy and Covid-19 Economic Recovery Restart Plan (and subsequent plans).
Depth of Collaboration - how will the delivery model actually foster closer working between
partners - educational, research and employers - leading to a successful delivery of the IoT and
the stimulation of innovation across the region. The IoT proposals grasps the opportunity to
establish new methods of collaborative delivery that widen access and build on the quality of the
local training offer. We expect to see clear evidence of the involvement of the partnership in the
development of the proposal, jointly developed and jointly delivered. It should be a supportive
partnership with everyone knowing their role and all being valued for it.
Agile - the collaboration should be agile and flexible, able to respond quickly and effectively to
change - all with a view to make Norfolk and Suffolk a place with a clear, ambitious offer to the
world in areas such as agri-food, clean growth, digital and energy.
Creation of opportunities - the proposal maximises the opportunity that the IoT collaboration
between academic partners, research partners and employers will provide. It is expected that all
partners of an IoT for Norfolk and Suffolk will work together to significantly enhance the range of
work based opportunities available (e.g. by creating collaborative, innovative routes through to
higher and degree level apprenticeship opportunities) that improve the competencies,
employment and life prospects of local people, in addition to the expected broad range of training
Social Mobility - The IoT should foster the creation of inclusive growth demonstrating a focus on
inclusivity and accessibility for all. It should have a clearly defined role in raising aspiration and
achievement levels and provide clearer and more accessible pathways through to higher level jobs
in the local economy for all. The IoT should deliver on proactive ways to provide access for all
including our rural, coastal and most deprived communities and under-represented groups
(BAME, females into construction etc.)
Industry Engagement - Building on the work of the Local Industrial Strategy, New Anglia Sector
Skills Plans, the Technical Skills Legacy Report and other local research we would expect the IoT to
contribute to a greater articulation and shared understanding of the competencies and
capabilities needed in our workforce for success in a rapidly changing global economy.
Pathways to Employment - strong employer involvement in the design and delivery of pathways
through the IoT provision into key local employment areas - ensuring that IoT alumni are fully
work ready with the right level and type of skills, competencies and behaviours required.
Long-term legacy - the IoT to provide a supply of the skills needed now and going forward into
the future, facilitating inter-industry transferability where appropriate. It will identify and deliver
skillsets for which we need a strong and wide pipeline, with long term applications that will
facilitate development and growth in the region.
High Quality Provision - exploit the strength of the IoT partnership, including industry partners as
well as academic institutes, to provide a means of addressing the need for a sufficient supply of
quality tutoring and cutting edge resources
Aligns with wider offer - the IoT should consider the current regional offer in the development of
a distinct curriculum and recruitment approach in order to avoid unnecessary competition,
duplication and displacement that could compromise the viability of other providers. Travel to
learn distances and accessibility of feeder programmes should be considered in the proposal to
provide clear progression pathways for all.
Reputation - enriches the reputation and helps promote the Norfolk and Suffolk region by
highlighting and enhancing our strength and specialisms, contributing to creating the conditions
that will attract individuals and investment into the area.
Creation of new opportunities - the IoT to create employment and work opportunities especially
in higher level and higher paid roles.
Economic Impact - we expect the proposal to specify the opportunities for growth it will unlock,
the impact this will have on the region and the benefits for individuals including access to higher
level positions, elevated wages, greater career prospects and improved social mobility.
Learner Recruitment
Breadth of recruitment - the approach to learner recruitment should proactively seek to recruit a
broad range of participation from learners by age, background, gender, geographical location and
ethnicity and aim to raise levels of social mobility as well as create economic impact.
The IoT will create a curriculum offer and recruitment approach that enables this.
This includes:
addressing gender imbalance in sectors and specific roles (e.g. under-representation of
females in engineering and construction)
a strong contribution to the representation targets contained within the national sector
deals most relevant to Norfolk and Suffolk (e.g. Offshore and Nuclear)
alignment with the likely demand across our key sectors by drawing on the local research
undertaken (e.g. sector skills plans, Technical Skills Legacy Report) to identify this.
Inspiration - the IoT should be used as a catalyst, alongside new, game-changing facilities funded
through recent capital investment (e.g. Growth Deal and Skills Deals), to inspire and motivate all,
creating a wide pipeline of potential learners for the IoT and other technical education provision.
Curriculum Delivery
Innovation - a responsive curriculum delivered using a range of innovative methods with strong
partnerships with industry. Courses should be developed and delivered with sector experts and
industry-relevant resources and equipment, providing an engaged, networked and knowledgeable
workforce. Trialling of new industry systems to improve productivity should be embedded so the
area is seen as a leading light, and to inspire an enquiring mind in the students that they utilise in
their careers. The proposal grasps the opportunity for collaboration across all partners to embed
the world-leading innovation being generated by our regional research bases and businesses (e.g.
John Innes, BT Martlesham) into a new ambitious curriculum. Strong levels of collaboration will be
evident, above and beyond levels that already exist and an holistic learning ecosystem will be
fostered with these partnerships.
Long-term legacy - the IoT to provide a supply of the skills needed now and going forward into
the future, facilitating inter-industry transferability where appropriate. It will identify and deliver
skillsets for which we need a strong and wide pipeline, with long term applications that will
facilitate development and growth in the region. A practice of lifelong learning will be established
with the students and the businesses.
The IoT will build an affinity between learners and the regional economy. Alumni should be
encouraged to give back their time and knowledge (e.g. to future cohorts and/or sector
development groups) to grow the economy and further the reputation and positioning of our
Responsive - proposal to clearly articulate how the curriculum will be reviewed and developed
over time, in line with and in response to changing regional and industry priorities. This to include
a description of which local stakeholders will be involved in gaining intelligence on regional trends
and requirements.
Access for all - curriculum delivery approach to enable access to as broad a range of learners as
possible. This is likely to include blended learning and delivery across multiple sites allowing for
broad access to the IoT offer across the Norfolk and Suffolk geography. Consideration must be
given to allow access to students in remote parts of the county or where travel routes are
challenging, plus a mix of FT and PT delivery plus timings to support individuals personal situations
(e.g. work and caring responsibilities). There should be clear entry pathways into the IoT and
targeted programmes and associated guidance for non-traditional and under-represented groups.
Quality Curriculum - provision of a quality curriculum aligned with the IoT focus (as outlined
above), continuously monitored, evaluated and reviewed. It should provide learners with all the
capabilities and competencies an individual requires to fulfil employer needs, not just a technical
qualification. Apprenticeships and other work-based learning plus assessment options should be
included and delivery should accommodate the full range of learning styles.
Equipment and Workforce
All proposals should align to the assessment criteria provided in the national guidance.
All proposals should align to the assessment criteria provided in the national guidance.
IoT Set-Up
Strong Governance
A governance set-up that ensures influence is not overly invested in one single organisation - that
provides transparency, true influence and a voice for all partners - educational, research and
employers, fostering a culture of collaboration, co-ownership, co-development and co-delivery.
Responsibilities and roles for these IoT partners are clearly defined.
The governance model should include details as to the proposed role and involvement of the New
Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership, the Local Authorities and the Skills Advisory Panel as key
regional stakeholders who can provide a steer to ensure continuous alignment with regional
priorities in the ongoing development and delivery of the Institute of Technology.
A set-up that reflects the ambition for the IoT to be as far reaching as possible across the full
geography of the Norfolk and Suffolk region, providing access to the opportunities it will create for
residents across as wide a geographical range as possible.
Strong communication networks that ensure the mission, remit and impact of the IoT is widely
understood, opportunities are identified and the impact is maximised.
This should include links across to the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership, the Local
Authorities and the Skills Advisory Panel.
A strong set-up with enough flexibility to allow the Institute to respond and adapt to change
quickly, enabling an effective response to opportunities as they present themselves.
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Suffolk Inclusive Growth Investment Fund (SIGIF)
Author: Karen Chapman (Suffolk Growth Programme Board) and Lisa Roberts
Presenter: Chris Starkie
This paper set out the request for £1m capital of LEP funds to the Suffolk Inclusive Growth
Investment Fund to support economic recovery. It also sets out the proposed principles for the
process of allocation of the funds and the role of the LEP.
The board is asked to:
Approve the proposed allocation of £1m capital from the LEP to Suffolk Inclusive
Growth Investment Fund which is available because of repaid loans; and
Approve the proposed process for the management and allocation of the funds.
Suffolk local authorities have approached the LEP seeking a contribution to their Suffolk
Inclusive Growth Investment Fund to support economic recovery, like the Norfolk Strategic
Prior to COVID 19, Suffolk Public Sector Leaders (SPSL) identified seven policy priorities to
deliver against:
Climate change
Inclusive economic growth
Health & care
Strong communities
Supporting the vulnerable
Community safety
Fairer funding for local public services
These priorities remain unchanged, but with Leaders having a more focused role providing the
strategic direction for the whole system in Suffolk and taking specific action in areas where a
partnership approach is needed.
To support this role, in July 2020 Suffolk Public Sector Leaders (SPSL) made an in-principle
commitment of £3.454m to Suffolk’s recovery from COVID 19; including:
£1.3m over three years to support inclusive economic growth
£650k to establish the Suffolk Inclusive Growth Investment Fund (SIGIF)
£250k to establish a 3-year funded post to support the strategic development of
Suffolk’s visitor economy (incorporated into wider work of the Suffolk Growth
£402k to support Suffolk Growth Partnership & regional memberships
£1.35m over three years to support community safety initiatives
£800k to support those hardest hit by Covid (supporting the vulnerable)
Suffolk Leaders are due to consider additional funding allocations to COVID 19 recovery at their
September 2020 meeting.
SPSL are seeking a contribution of £1m from NALEP to supplement the SIGIF and establish a
one-year fund that will be open to public sector partners including the LEP for applications.
Key Considerations
Initial funding of £1.65m to the SIGIF will be managed by Suffolk Growth Partnership
Management Team1 with sign off for all expenditure approved by Suffolk Chief Officers
Leadership Group (SCOLT) and the Suffolk Public Sector Leaders Group (SPSL) working with
the LEP’s Investment Appraisal Committee.
The fund will be open to local authorities and public sector partners including the LEP with a full
set of terms and application form developed and published by 1st October 2020.
The broad operation of the scheme is set out below:
Rolling call for projects with decisions made quarterly (Dec / Mar / June / Sept) - the
aim is to have all funding committed by 30th September 2021. A decision on continuing
the fund will be made in June 2021.
To ensure the fund delivers value for money the Suffolk Growth Partnership
Management Team, which includes the LEP, will review the focus each quarter.
All applications to be sponsored by a Suffolk local authority or the LEP (i.e. could be led
by a public sector partner but must have LA or LEP sponsorship)
The LEP will be involved in the assessment process to identify the project to be
recommended for funding.
Funding will be managed through Suffolk Growth & allocated to local projects / priorities
in line with Suffolk Leaders’ vision and the LEP’s vision.
There will be a requirement for Suffolk to capture and report outputs and progress
feeding back into the LEPs reporting ‘system’ so that the LEP can report and
demonstrate the value of the fund and its contribution.
Six monthly report on projects & impacts to Leaders / NALEP Board with opportunity to
reset funding priorities if required.
Priority will be given to bids that:
o seek both capital & revenue funding as experience has demonstrated that the
impact achieved from this type of project tends to be greater than that achieved
by capital or revenue alone
o deliver across more than one district / borough in Suffolk
1 Suffolk Growth Partnership Management Team: Stephen Baker, Chair / Mark Ash / Chris Starkie / John Dugmore
/ Karen Chapman. Note: Suffolk Chamber of Commerce will be consulted on bids to the fund but will not have an
approval vote.
The fund is made up of both capital and revenue funding, with all NALEP’s funding to be
allocated to capital expenditure (£1m).
Successful projects must demonstrate how they deliver:
SPSL’s Strategic Recovery Plan outcomes
Suffolk’s Inclusive Growth Framework (updated to reflect above, October 2020)
Norfolk & Suffolk Economic Recovery RESTART Plan (and as we move into 2021
contributions to delivering the RENEW Plan should be highlighted)
Norfolk & Suffolk Economic Strategy (2019) and the Norfolk & Suffolk Local Industrial
Strategy (2020)
Clear and measurable outputs and outcomes that demonstrate value for money
Projects can seek full funding from the SIGIF or use SIGIF as match funding for a larger
project. There is a funding minimum of £50,000 and a funding maximum of £300,000, meaning
between five and 33 successful applications can be granted over the first year.
Agreement to allocating the £1m does not commit the LEP to further funding contribution if the
decision is to extend the fund later in 2021.
Link to the Economic Strategy and Local Industrial Strategy
This fund will support the economic recovery and successful bids will be expected to deliver
against the Economic Strategy, Local Industrial Strategy and the Economic Recovery Plan.
Next Steps
The LEP will work with Suffolk Growth Partnership Management Team to develop and agree
the application and guidance and the formal reporting to the LEP.
The guidance and application form will be published on 1st October.
All funds to be committed by the end of September 2021.
The board is asked to:
Approve the proposed allocation of £1m capital from the LEP to Suffolk Inclusive
Growth Investment Fund which is available because of repaid loans; and
Approve the proposed process for the management and allocation of the funds
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Author: Chris Starkie
This report provides an overview of LEP team activities since the August board.
It incorporates both Covid-19 specific activity and business as usual.
The report is split into five parts, reflecting different strands of LEP activity:
1) LEP programmes
2) Strategy
3) Industry Councils, sector groups and external partnerships
4) Engagement and promotion
5) Governance, Operations and Finance
The media dashboard is attached as an appendix to the report.
Business Resilience and Recovery Scheme
65 businesses have been supported with the LEP’s flagship Business Resilience and Recovery
Scheme, (up from 47 last month). Total grants of £2.476m (£1.8m) and private match of £3.577m
(2.5m) has been committed, giving projects with a total value of £6.053m (£4.3m). £1.030m has
been paid out to 50 businesses (4 of which have had their final payments).
Visitor Economy Grant Scheme (VEGs) and Wider Economy Grant Scheme (WEGs)
The schemes were launched at the end of August and received significant interest from
potentially eligible SMEs.
300 SMEs have submitted formal expressions of interest and we have now closed the schemes
to new enquiries. Funding awarded by Government will enable around 200 grants to be awarded.
To date, eleven applications have been submitted for consideration and are going through the
due diligence process.
Local Resilience Forums and Health Protection Boards
The LEP is working with local partners under the Local Resilience Forum
and Health Protection Board structures in both counties to provide the economy view. The LEP is
represented on both Local Outbreak Engagement Boards and Health Protection Boards as well
as the appropriate workstreams to provide that economic perspective.
On the Norfolk side, the LEP has stood up the Economy Cell to monitor the impact of the
outbreak at Banham Poultry, to support the business and supply chain.
Job Support Programme
This campaign was launched on September 2nd. It offers information about careers guidance,
training, financial support and mental health referral options. There is also support for businesses
and the Growth Hub advisers will be carrying out business health check ups, identifying
businesses who are contracting and where possible link them with businesses who are growing.
500 people accessed the programme’s web page in the first five days following launch.
Ely Task Force
Network Rail has secured £13.1m funding from the Department for Transport to understand the
scale of the challenge to increase capacity through Ely and progress early design options for
public consultation.
RESTART Business Recovery Festival
The RESTART virtual business recovery festival takes place next week (29 and 30 September).
Bringing together more than 40 speakers discussing topics from grants to marketing and skills to
innovation, more than 400 local businesses have now signed up to watch the event.
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The board is asked to note the contents of the report
1) LEP Programmes
Business Resilience and Recovery Scheme
To date 65 businesses have been supported with the LEP’s flagship Business Resilience and
Recovery Scheme.
Total grants of £2.476m and private match of £3.577m has been committed, giving projects with
a total value of £6.053m. £1,030m has been paid out to 50 businesses (4 of which have had their
final payments).
Investment in these 65 businesses will create 44 FTEs and safeguard 1,576. Of the 65
businesses supported, 38 are in Norfolk (£1,409,740) and 27 are in Suffolk (£1,065,981).
Businesses supported come from a wide range of sectors from leisure and hospitality to
manufacturing, creative and cultural and food production.
Peer to Peer Network Programme
We have now recruited three Coordinators to deliver the Programme and are in the process of
seeking Facilitators to deliver the Workshop elements.
The LEP’s CRM is also being modified to be able to record delivery and report to BEIS.
To date the take up of the 250 SME places has been slow, and we are working with local
authority and other partners to promote the scheme.
Over the next month the three Coordinators will focus their attention on finalising delivery as well
as recruiting SMEs to take part, with the first cohort of SMEs is expected to start in mid-October.
Business Growth Programme
New Anglia Growth Hub
The Growth Hub has seen a reduction in COVID specific enquires, however, we continue to see
a rise in the number of SMEs seeking grants and other forms of financial support.
The launch of the new Visitor Economy Grant Scheme (VEGs) and Wider Economy Grant
Scheme (WEGs) produced a huge number of enquires to the Growth Hub within a two week
period, as well as a steady flow of SMEs enquiring about the Business Resilience and Recovery
Visitor Economy Grant Scheme (VEGs) and Wider Economy Grant Scheme (WEGs)
The schemes were launched at the end of August and received significant interest from
potentially eligible SMEs.
With 300 SMEs having completed the expression of interest process, we have now closed the
schemes to new enquiries to enable us to focus on supporting eligible applications.
To date, eleven applications have been submitted for consideration and are going through the
due diligence process. We expect this number to rise significantly over the next month.
The funding awarded to us by Government will enable around 200 businesses to be supported,
depending on the value of individual grants.
We intend to approve all the applications required to allocate all of the funding by the end of
October 2020 in order to achieve the required spend by the end of February 2021.
Small Grant Scheme
The number of applications coming through to the Small Grant Scheme has now significantly
dropped with just two applications totalling £8,143 approved in August, taking the total to £2.79m.
This is due to potential applicants delaying investment and the availability of other LEP grant
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schemes to support their business - in particular the R&R fund, the VEG and WEG schemes and
Growing Business Fund.
The drop is manageable given the remaining period of operation for the scheme and interest
levels will rise once other LEP programmes are fully committed financially.
Growth Through Innovation
Since the 1st April, 19 projects have been approved, totalling £310k, an increase of eight projects
with a value of £118k in a month. This takes the project well on its way towards our £483k target
by the end of March 2021. The average grant value approved to date remains just under £20k,
with a healthy pipeline of potential projects totalling £159k being supported by the Growth Hub.
Growing Business Fund
Interest in the GBF continues, particularly from the manufacturing sector. As of the end of
August we have approved £955k worth of projects and have a further £1.4m of applications going
through the due diligence process, which we hope will come to the October and November Panel
meetings for approval. With the programme ending at the end of March 2021, priority is being
given to applicants that can demonstrate that their project is able to spend and claim the required
funds before the fund closes.
Eastern Agri-tech Initiative
Interest in this scheme continues, and although there were no projects approved in August, there
is a healthy pipeline of applications coming forward, with five projects totalling £253k anticipated
to come to the September meeting for approval. We continue our work with CPCA to ensure that
funding is fully allocated and drawn down by applicants by the end of March 2021.
Start-Up Programme
The number of people coming forward seeking support to start their own business continues to
increase and NWES and Menta are providing a range of virtual based workshops and one to one
Growing Places Fund
The LEP’s Investment Appraisal Committee have received a presentation by the team promoting
the development of a vertical farm in Norfolk. The committee is likely to bring a recommendation
forward to the Board at the October Board meeting.
The Winerack development has made a further repayment of £350k on its loan in August,
bringing the total repaid so far to £1.8m. Most of this return to the LEP has occurred during the
Covid 19 pandemic.
A further award of £30k has been made to the New Wolsey Theatre redevelopment project in
Ipswich. This is to help the project respond to increased capital costs experienced during the
Covid 19 pandemic.
Despite a slowing of capital projects due to Covid 19 project development has continued, with the
NEST Project in Norwich and Saxmundham Creative Enterprise Hub both drawing down grants
against capital expenditure.
New Anglia Capital
New Anglia Capital continues to receive enquiries for investment, with recent support agreed for
med-tech and digital marketing companies.
A full half-yearly report is included at agenda item 9.
LEP Innovative Projects Fund
Innovative Projects Fund 1 (2018 Call) - £500,000.
IPF2 Summary: 7 projects with a combined allocation of £539,531.
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All projects are now in the delivery phase. The Ipswich Cornhill Project (year one) has been
completed. Profiled Spend for the programme to the end of September 2020 is £197,352. Actual
Spend to date is 201,040. Local Authority match funding of £139k and Private match funding of
£106k has been recorded.
Innovative Projects Fund (2019 Call) - £1.5m
IPF2 Summary: 18 projects with a combined allocation of £1.522m.
The Ipswich Cornhill project was awarded £100,000 at the last meeting of the IAC.
Eleven projects now have their Grant Offer Letters and have commenced.
£15,674 has been
claimed so far in this financial year. Private match funding of £10,450 has been recorded.
Project Status:
TCHC’s VG Incubator has submitted its first claim. 1 new FTE job and 1 PTE job have been
created. 15 learners have joined the Programme.
Claims for the remaining ten projects (with Offer Letters) are expected anytime between
now and mid-October.
A further four projects are awaiting their Offer Letters from SCC.
The remaining three projects are being reviewed and re-profiled in view of current circumstances.
Growth Deal (Capital Growth Programme)
It is pleasing to report good progress with two of our more challenging schemes.
The Snetterton Employment Area Power Upgrade is now making good progress following a
significant delay in accessing the initially preferred site. An alternative site has now been secured
for the building of the Primary substation, with no negative effect on project objectives or overall
Detailed land investigations, including environmental impact assessments, archaeological and
ecological surveys, will support the next stage of planning.
Works are expected to start in November 2020 with a target completion date of October 2021,
and finally handover to UK Power Network operation in December 2021.
Network Rail continue development of the Ely Area Rail Capacity Enhancement programme,
which is presently concentrating on investigations and modelling work for Ely Station and the
southern Dock Junction. Additional funding from the Department for Transport was recently
approved for continuing development through option selection toward submission of an Outline
Business Case in Autumn 2022 for a Decision to Design the preferred solution.
This work will include full public consultation and preparation of a Transport & Works Act Order
required for changes to the track position and layout, which should shorten the time needed to
proceed with delivery.
DfT is also initiating a separate piece of work to consider the risk at level crossings from Ipswich
to Ely, the mitigation of which will be essential to achieve additional freight and passenger
services in full.
Enterprise Zones
Work has started on the Futura Park site in Ipswich with the construction of a new factory for
Hubbard Products as part of their expansion plans. A homegrown success story, the company
currently employs 170 people with plans to increase to about 250 by 2025. The factory deal
leaves just one plot left vacant on Futura Park.
Enterprise Zone Accelerator Fund
Norwich Research Park - Zone 4 Building - £2.5m
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Construction work by RG Carter is well underway with completion of the build set for February
2021. A second claim for £631,000 is due. This will bring total spend to £1.526m. The topping
out ceremony took place on the afternoon of 27th August.
Positive discussions are still ongoing between South Norfolk Council and a prospective tenant for
the building; it is expected that a Heads of Terms with the tenant will be agreed in September.
Norwich Research Park EZ- Hethersett Lane Roundabout - £1.5m
Work on the Hethersett Lane roundabout is expected to start this month and is due to complete
early in 2021, in line with the opening of the new Zone 4 building.
Nar Ouse Enterprise Zone (King’s Lynn) - Construction of Light Industrial and Office Units
- £5.37m
The legal agreement between SCC and BCKLWN has been signed. Work continues to secure a
contract with builders for both phases of the development (phase 1 will see the construction of a
pair of office units and 2 light industrial units, whilst phase 2 will see the construction of 2 larger
light industrial units). The contract with RG Carter for phase 1 could be signed as early as the end
of this month at which point an ‘on site’ date can be confirmed. Works to clear the sites in
preparation are being scheduled to start as soon as possible.
Inward investment
Enquiries and support
Following receipt of a DIT enquiry for a large-scale timber frame manufacturer looking to set up
operations in England, the Invest Norfolk & Suffolk team has been furthering discussions with
Suffolk Districts and Boroughs and King’s Lynn and West Norfolk to progress a commercial offer
for the client.
A response package for a large-scale Chinese enquiry looking for 10ha of port adjacent land has
been submitted. This is a horizon scanning stage, in competition with many other locations in the
UK and Europe.
Other current enquiries:
a small fabrication company is being supported to relocating from their current operation
base from Essex to East Suffolk or North Norfolk. A thorough response has been
provided with opportunities and the company is considering options.
an enquiry from a company based in India, with links to Cambridge, who are looking to
set up a factory to produce exoskeletons for the pre-patient market.
an opportunities portfolio has been developed for an AI company looking at relocating to
the region and has provided them with contacts at universities, local businesses and
property offers.
Norfolk and Suffolk key companies
Reviews of key companies in King’s Lynn & West Norfolk, Breckland, Broadland & South Norfolk
and Norwich have taken place with respective District colleagues. A North Norfolk review is
scheduled for early October and Great Yarmouth yet to be scheduled.
Promotion and profile-raising:
EEEZ energy sector marketing: preparations underway for SNS2020 and WindEnergy Hamburg.
The team is working with Marloes De Goeijen, a new business advisor from Oost NL on a good
news story to reflect the positive relationship between the East of England and East Netherlands.
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Marloes is engaging with the EDP to highlight multi-sector relationships, collaborations and Dutch
attendance at events such as Local Flavours and the Agri-techE Reap conference.
The IN&S team have been supporting Tech East staff in the development of the launch of the
Tech 100 - the top 100 innovative and high-potential digital tech companies from the region. The
resulting launch will be a virtual event on 17 September livestreamed from Adastral Park.
5G HPO promotion: IN&S staff will be involved in a presentation to overseas Tech sector posts
within DIT on 22 September to develop leads.
The team are working with one of the organisers London Tech Week to explore post event
Norfolk and Suffolk, promotion events and interactions.
2) Strategy
Comprehensive Spending Review
The LEP has prepared a response to government’s Comprehensive Spending Review which is
included with the LEP Board papers.The UK has a well-established budgeting framework,
through which a spending review is carried out approximately every 3 years to allocate funding to
departments. This provides certainty for departments to plan ahead. The Comprehensive
Spending Review 2020 will allow the government to consider its priorities across all spending
over multiple years. The LEP has also fed into partner representations including the LEP
Network. The deadline for submission is 24th September 2020.
Local Resilience Forums and Health Protection Boards
The LEP is working closely with local authority partners and the emergency services under
the Local Resilience Forum and Health Protection Board structures in both counties to provide
the economy view. The LEP is represented on both Local Outbreak Engagement Boards and
Health Protection Boards as well as the appropriate workstreams to provide that economic
On the Norfolk side, the LEP has stood up the Economy Cell again to monitor the impact of the
outbreak at Banham Poultry, working with local authority partners to support the
business, their supply chain and working with recruitment agencies staffing the factory. This Cell
will remain live to deal with any other potential outbreaks in business settings.
Key actions include setting up a regular meeting of the Norfolk and Suffolk poultry industry to
discuss prevention, outbreak control measures and support the recruitment agencies they work
with. Additional public health information and financial assistance information has been sent to
recruitment agencies to pass on to agency workers who might be required to self-isolate. Work
is ongoing to support other high-risk settings.
There are many businesses deeply concerned about the practicalities of what a no deal exit from
the EU looks like for them. Even if a deal is agreed now, there is a lot to prepare for at a time
when the resilience of businesses has been affected through the impact of Covid-19 on cash
reserves and stockpiles.
Business intermediaries have highlighted that most small businesses are not prepared when it
comes to appointing freight forwarders or customs brokers or visa arrangements. With many
small businesses in survival mode, it is important that we promote the necessary steps for them
to take to simplify their preparations as much as possible. The Federation of Small Businesses
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has highlighted the impact of tariffs in a no deal scenario, with 46% of their members saying that
they would stop trading with the EU under the proposed tariff rates as it would make them
Businesses would like to see clarification on data protection and regulated industries, particularly
those hit hardest by Covid-19, will need urgent clarification for their sectors on key issues facing
industries such as aviation and pharmaceuticals.
The LEP continues to monitor progress of negotiations and regularly providing updates for
business on our website and social media in accordance with the latest government guidance for
businesses. Government has made it clear that a decision will be taken following the 15-
16 October European Council session and at that stage we should be in a clearer place to
support businesses with the final, more intricate, part of their preparations as the rules of the
future relationship become clearer whether it is a no deal exit or a light deal.
Skills and Employment
Job Support Programme
This campaign was launched on September 2nd. It offers information about where individuals
can receive careers guidance, training, financial support and mental health referral options.
There is also support for businesses and the Growth Hub advisers will be carrying out business
health check ups, identifying businesses who are contracting and where possible link them with
businesses who are growing to enable staff to move to new positions quickly and keep skills sets
in the region.
In the first five days of the campaign there were 500 visits to these pages of the LEP website.
The Employment Opportunities page also remains well visited and currently lists approximately
300 employers looking for staff and been viewed over 23,000 times since it launched in April.
The Programme, as well as the Workforce Workstream are getting behind the skills and
employment initiatives that the Chancellor announced in his A Plan For Jobs. This includes
Apprenticeships, Traineeships and the Kickstart campaign. Part of this work is to make it simple
for employers as there is a real overload of requests being placed on employers currently.
Skills Advisory Panels (SAPs)
An additional meeting was held in August to seek endorsement for the People delivery plan for
the Restart Plan. The Institute of Technology was the second substantive item and ideal
requirements of a local bid was discussed in advance of recommendations for the September
LEP Board.
Apprenticeship Levy Transfer
Since the last report there have been 61 new requests for levy transfer through August and an
additional 6 in the first week of September. This makes a total of 148 requests for levy transfer of
which 91 have been successful in securing funding.
There continues to be a demand for the support for training costs, with referrals through the
Growth Hub, training providers and directly from employers. The value of pledges made and
transfers agreed is currently £570,856.
There is a cross section of employers seeking levy transfer and a range of apprenticeship
standards, these include: boat building, social care, roofing, early years, food processing,
education, management, marketing and leadership. The age range of the apprentices is
predominantly 24+ as expected and with 67% current staff using the funding for retraining or
following on form a probation period.  
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However, there is a need to increase the number of participating transferring companies to meet
the demand. There is a lack of commitment from those transferring companies who have agreed
to participate in the scheme, to respond to requests. Further marketing to promote the scheme is
being prepared using social media, website and direct marketing.
EAN and Careers Hub
The Enterprise Adviser Network continues to support Careers Leads and Students across the
region with virtual and online careers and CPD resources. With the expansion of the Careers
Hub confirmed the team are liaising with schools to communicate the benefits of participating in
the Careers Hub and the school's commitments.
For the Autumn Term we have a number of CPD Events for Careers Leads and Teachers that
have been communicated via Careers Calendar. Our Careers and Coffee broadcast has
been highlighted by the Careers and Enterprise Company as an innovative approach to
educating virtually various sectors and career pathways”
European Funding Programmes
£3.5m Call requests approved by DWP for New Anglia in August. Calls will now be developed in
detail for approval by the ESIF Committee prior to launch at the end of September, but should
enable a number of sector skills projects to be funded, alongside an initiative to support young
people at risk of County Lines exploitation.
Transport Board
Met at the end of August agreeing strategic connection priorities for the renew plan including an
immediate action to produce a short brochure on the Ely Area Enhancement Programme.
The brochure will provide a set of key messages that will update partners on progress of the
scheme and the importance of delivering improvements at Ely. The aim is to raise awareness
around the scheme and that communications are consistent across organisations.
Transport East
Received confirmation of funding from DfT of £425k for this financial year. This means increased
capacity to progress their 4 key workstreams: Transport East as a functional body, Investment
and Delivery Plan, Strategy development and communications. We are continuing to work closely
with Transport East to ensure the transport priorities for Norfolk and Suffolk are embedded in the
developing strategy.
Great Eastern Main Line (GEML)
The final draft Strategic Outline Business Case will be considered by the GEML Rail Taskforce in
September. Work is well underway on the Wider Economic Benefits Study, which will complete
the evidence refresh and inform MPs of the economic potential which would be
unlocked through investment on the mainline. The Business Case will be submitted to
Government in November. In the meantime, the LEP and the Essex Chambers of Commerce are
reaching out to businesses across Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex to support the case for investment.
Ely Task Force
Network Rail has secured £13.1m funding from the Department for Transport to understand the
scale of the challenge to increase capacity through Ely and progress early design options for
public consultation. The first phase of consultation will begin on the 21st September and feedback
will be used to help inform the design process so that Network Rail can present potential options
at future stages of consultation.
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Trowse Rail Bridge Upgrade
The group, working with Network Rail has identified two potential routes, which could accelerate
the delivery of the bridge upgrade and align with the masterplan work for East Norwich. Next
meeting will discuss additional modelling work and land strategy planning for the area.
Maritime Cluster
Collaborating with Maritime UK to develop a survey of Norfolk and Suffolk stakeholders to gain
views on the geography the cluster should cover and what the key objectives should be, this is
expected to be completed in September.
Greater South East Energy Hub
The Hub has shared responses to the BEIS call for home energy efficiency retrofits deliverables.
In the New Anglia LEP area, Local Authority estimated properties for 2020/21 delivery are 1,421
and 2021/22 are 3,010. We continue to work closely with the Hub sharing intelligence on grid
constraints, which will be used to inform a KTN challenge event in September and are developing
plans for a Rural Community Energy Fund webinar to raise awareness of this opportunity across
our area.
3) Industry Councils, sector groups and external partnerships
LEP Innovation Board
The Innovation Board met on 8 September for a discussion on innovation in agri-food. Clarke
Willis from the Agri-Food Industry Council gave a presentation on the Food Innovation Centre
followed by a discussion on potential areas of opportunity. One area of convergence is the cross
over between energy and agri-food with links between the two Industry Councils to be facilitated.
The board also received an update on the bid to Strength in Places Fund. The project, entitled
SuNRISE Coast, is led by the UEA and is the first time the world leading research institutes of
CEFAS, UEA and the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult have worked together.
The first stage bid for development funding has been successful with the project now undertaking
work to develop the £29m second round bid. UKRI’s feedback on the first stage submission
highlighted the region’s diversity in energy generation, with a mixture of offshore wind, gas and
nuclear, that could benefit from greater integration and collaboration between research centres
and industry. The UKRI panel recognised the application’s high quality, which was considered
“highly innovative”.
In addition an Innovation Forum event has been scheduled as part of the Restart Festival. Two
innovative companies will share their journey during the pandemic. Norfolk business The User
Story launched Nook Spaces, newly formed over the last couple of months. A flexible and private
meeting space which has been designed with COVID in mind for companies to meet up, work
and collaborate from. Big Drop Brewery will be sharing their story on how they changed the way
they do business, the challenges, and opportunities in having to shift to e-commerce. They will
also talk about their business model, a “nomad brewery” which works collaboratively using other
breweries to brew and is soon to branch out internationally to Australia and Chicago.
A more detailed progress report on Innovation Board activities is included in the Board Papers.
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Sector Groups and Industry Councils
Financial Industry Group (FIG) & Finance
Working with FIG and FIG member Larking Gowen - a finance event will take place in October
focusing on best practice, strategy and “what if scenarios” in readiness for a second wave/lock
down. It will look to provide information to support businesses around profit/time forecasting.
Visitor Economy
Following endorsement by the LEP Board, the Visitor Economy Recovery Plan was published in
July, setting out the short-term actions needed to restart the sector. A more detailed delivery plan
highlighting key actions and timeframes has now been produced and shared with the Visitor
Economy Group leading this work.
The Visitor Economy Delivery Plan, which was a collaborative effort led by the LEP and Visit East
of England (VEE), was endorsed by all the Local Authorities and DMOs in Norfolk and Suffolk. It
was sent to the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) who noted it as an
excellent example of best practice. The Tourism Minister, Nigel Huddleston, visited the region on
21 August including Norwich Castle, Norwich Cathedral before taking a trip to the Broads, Great
Yarmouth and North Norfolk.
All Energy Industry Council
Work has commenced on the development of an energy sector-based recovery plan, led by the
Industry Council, recognising some of the challenges and opportunities facing different parts of
the sector. There are some major projects either planned, under consultation or being developed
spanning the energy sector within our region - from offshore wind and hydrogen to nuclear and
onshore renewables. The draft plan is due to be presented to the Industry Council’s October
meeting and then will be presented to the LEP Board for endorsement.
Cambridge Norwich Tech Corridor
As a direct result of the Funding Fit events organised by New Anglia LEP and the Cambridge
Norwich Tech Corridor, the team identified the opportunity to develop a bid for an Industrial
Research project for Digitizing Supply Chains in collaboration with Warren Services. The team
has put together a consortia including the Institute for Manufacturing at the University of
Cambridge and regional engineering and manufacturing businesses. The bid is for a 2-year
project in the region of £1m and the team is supporting the bid preparation (bid due for
submission on the 7th October).
4) Communications and Engagement
RESTART business recovery festival
The RESTART virtual business recovery festival takes place next week (29 and 30 September).
Bringing together more than 40 speakers discussing topics from grants to marketing and skills to
innovation, more than 400 local businesses have now signed up to watch the event. Supported
by a number of private and public sector sponsors, the festival is aimed at micro and small
businesses who need practical, timely support to restart their businesses.
The recorded sessions will all be available on the LEP website, and the RESTART festival app,
after the event for as long as the subject matter is relevant, providing dozens of useful videos for
partners to share with local companies.
5) 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.
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Our Mid Year Review (MYR) with Government is scheduled to take place on 6th October. The
MYR will be light touch and follows on from the LGF review carried out in June. There will be no
marking generated from the MYR.
Payment of our final third of 2020/21 Local Growth Funding (£15.8m) was received on 19th
We have not yet received the LEP’s allocation of the new Getting Building Fund (£32.1m
anticipated September) or further detail of proposed profiling.
The board is asked to:
Note the contents of the report
Communications activity
during August 2020
This dashboard sets out the outcomes and impact of communication during August
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
August 2019
July 2020
August 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
Grants for businesses in the tourism
industry to help them cope with the
impact of Covid-19 provided our top
tweet for August, generating more than
5,000 impressions.
Top Tweet - Norfolk & Suffolk Unlimited
Norfolk & Suffolk Unlimited’s top tweet
was a survey which ranked Norwich as
the seventh best place in the UK to
start a business. It generated more
than 5,800 impressions over the
Media coverage - New Anglia LEP
For a month when things are
supposed to quieten down, it was a
busy one for media coverage. The
LEP featured in more than 36 separate
stories during August.
The award of £32m from the
Government’s Getting Building Fund
towards projects in our region - the
largest amount received by any LEP -
resulted in coverage from media
including BBC Radio Norfolk and
Suffolk, East Anglian Daily Times and
Eastern Daily Press.
Our Head of Inward Investment David
Dukes was interviewed for a BBC Look
East report about the building of giant
greenhouses on the outskirts of
Norwich. The development, along with
another in Suffolk, will meet one tenth
of the UK’s demand for tomatoes.
Chris Starkie was among those who
welcomed Network Rail’s securing of
£13.1m for the next stage of
improvements to the infrastructure at
Ely. This story was covered by the
Eastern Daily Press and Ely Standard.
Meanwhile, the announcement of
support for small businesses via new
Peer Networks was highlighted by the
Lynn News, and our forthcoming
RESTART festival was highlighted by
BBC Radio Suffolk and KLFM online.
Media coverage - Norfolk & Suffolk Unlimited
Tourism Minister Nigel Huddleston
was given a grand tour of Norfolk and
Chris Starkie had the opportunity to
discuss our recently published Visitor
Economy Recovery Plan with him. The
visit received positive media coverage
and highlighted the recent publication
of a Visitor Economy Recovery Plan
under the Norfolk & Suffolk Unlimited
Google Analytics - New Anglia LEP website
The LEP website saw similar levels of traffic to July, with only marginally fewer page views and an
increase in the number of users. New visitors accounted for 24.9% of all users while previous
visitors made up for 75.1%. Most popular pages were funding, employment opportunities, the
RESTART Festival and grant schemes. An average session lasted for just over two minutes.
New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership Board
Wednesday 23rd September 2020
Agenda Item 10
September Programme Performance Reports
Author: Programme leads;
Presenter: Rosanne Wijnberg
The following reports follow for review by the LEP Board this month:
Growth Deal; Jonathan Rudd
Enterprise Zones; Julian Munson
Enterprise Advisor Network; Glen Todd
Programme Dashboard; produced by Simon Papworth
Please note: Economic Dashboard - given the lag in the availability of Economic data; we have
produced a number of slides demonstrating the impact of Covid-19 on our economy.
The board is asked to:
Note the reports
Approve the Growth Deal Quarterly Dashboard
Growth Deal Performance Report
Q1 2020/21
Programme Overview - What is the Growth Deal?
• Programme duration: April 2015 - March 2021.
• Value: £223.517 million (excluding funding awarded directly to Norfolk County Council).
• Aims: to boost the region’s skills, drive innovation, target support to help small businesses to grow and improve transport and infrastructure.
• Contribution to the Economic Strategy: estimated to create 54,750 new jobs, 6,800 new homes and to generate an additional £628m public and private investment.
Capital Projects
Growing Places Fund
Growing Business Fund
EZ Accelerator Fund
Total £M
What is the Overall Programme Status?
Nearing full commitment, although forecast outturn has fallen and a growing amount of grant is likely to be unspent by Mar 21.
Reasonably on track to meet our forecast outputs, with some areas at risk of late or low achivement.
Increased amount of delay across many projects due to COVID restrictions, in addition to previous factors.
What are our Key Updates?
• Programme progress: reasonable in circumstances, only a minority of projects are experiencing significant delay to delivery, with minimal impact on long term outcomes.
• Refining the forecast of expenditure for remaining Growth Deal period to March 21 with the cooperation of all approved projects.
• Key concerns: Delay in project delivery will undermine outturn this financial year.
What is our Financial Position?
Financials (£ million)
Financial Year
Brought Forward
Gov Allocation
Spend [Act/Fcst]
Carried forward
2020/21 Expenditure Profile
Spend progress quarter by quarter:
•Q1 expenditure includes claims that
were too late for inclusion in Q4 2019/20.
•Delivery delays from Q4 were
Available LGF
& Claims
compounded by COVID-19 travel
• £3.5M of Local Growth Funds now
apportioned to the Business Resilience &
Financial Quarters
Qtrly Forecast
Recovery Scheme.
Qtrly Spend
Available LGF
What is our contribution to the Economic Strategy?
1 (Apr-June) 2020/21
Actual to
Forecast to
Outputs - Cumulative from April 2015 to Quarter 1 2020/21
New Homes
New Jobs
New Learners
Match Funding (‘Non-LGF Expenditure’); forecast to 2021 only.
Forecasts have been updated to include Homes, Jobs & Learners from projects anticipated out to 2025.
• Homes: 11 from Lark Grange, Bury Relief Road.
• Jobs: being met primarily through Growing Business Fund
• Learners: 23 Apprentices from UEA Productivity East.
• Match funding: progessing well.
What is the Project Delivery Status?
On track
• Addition: Introduction of the Business Resilience & Recovery Scheme, although full grant spend may not be achieved this FY. Amber.
• Project change: Delivery of NATS City Centre Package nearing completion. Amber to Green.
• Project change: Eye Airfield Access Link Roads; construction begun & full grant spend expected in Q2/3. Amber to Green.
• Project change: Attleborough Sustainable Transport package; Delivery of schemes is improving. Red to Amber.
• Project change: Ely Rail Capacity; Delivery and associated expenditure improving. Red to Amber.
• Project change: UoS DigiTech Centre; delivery delayed by 6-9 months. Green to Red.
• Project change: City College Norwich; delivery delayed by 3 months. Green to Amber.
• Project change: Suffolk New College Technology Skills Hub; delivery delayed by approx. 6-9 months. Amber to Red.
What are the Next Steps?
•Continue to monitor impact of COVID on Growth Deal delivery schedule and expenditure profile, and offer support to projects where possible.
•Proceed with Evaluating completed Projects, in accordance with Evaluation Framework.
•Support development & delivery of projects prioritised for investment through the "Getting Building Fund" to meet the ambitions of the Economic & Local Industrial
Strategies .
Appendix 1 - Growth Deal 2020-21 Q1 Programme Performance Report
Below is an update on all Growth Deal large capital projects and sub-programmes, reflecting the
‘Project Delivery Status’ section of the Programme Performance Report.
Red: Great Yarmouth Transport Package- Delivery is slower than anticipated, although
preparation & planning activity and expenditure has risen. Hall Plain/Quay scheme delayed at
least 12 months by challenge to public works order process and likely need for an inquiry.
Red: Snetterton Employment Area- Delivery delayed by 12 months, initially by a 30% cost
increase & contract negotiation with UK Power Network, and secondly by an indemnity clause in
the site lease agreement with owners BWSC. Delivery & expenditure expected to restart in Q2
2020-21, although this is unlikely to complete before October 2021.
Red: Lowestoft Flood Risk Management Project- Delivery of tidal defence elements delayed
by 9 to 12 months, as a legal issue held up both ground & marine investigations. Planning
permission was granted in February 2020 for construction of tidal walls, which should now take
place from Summer 2020.
Red: Enterprise Zone Accelerator Fund- Project development was much slower than
anticipated, with no delivery or spend during the 2019-20 FY. Construction and grant claims
have now begun, with a final contract commitment expected shortly. However, delivery and
spend likely to continue until Q3 of the 2021-22 FY.
Red: Snape Maltings Flood Defences- delivery delayed by an ongoing Internal Drainage
Board (IDB) application to the Environment Agency for Flood Defence Grant in Aid (FDGiA).
Decision expected Sept 20, with construction progressing in as soon as practical thereafter.
Red: UoS DigiTech Centre - Delayed approx. 9 months. Asbestos work in Orion Building
(Acoustic Suite) now planned for Jan-Jun 2021, postponing move of personnel from Oberon
House ground floor. Completion of works for full occupation now unlikely before December 2021.
Red: SNC Tech Centre- Delivery schedule slipped by 6-9 months, mainly due to land
acquisition and planning processes and partly due to COVID restrictions.
Amber: Growing Business Fund - Applications have slowed. Contracted commitments,
project delivery & expenditure likely to carry forward into 2021-22 Financial Year.
Amber: Growing Places Fund - All apportioned funding now allotted to projects, although
Contracted commitments, project delivery & expenditure likely to carry forward into 2021-22
Financial Year.
Amber: CCN Digital Technology Factory - delivery schedule slipped 3 months, as it took
longer to agree value engineering aspects of final contract and then COVID restrictions further
delayed start of construction.
Amber: Attleborough Sustainable Transport Package- Land purchase and planning
permission had been delaying delivery, but some construction has now begun.
Amber: Thetford Transport Package- No substantial progress or grant claims for the past 9
months. Delivery schedule for Croxton Road pedestrian & cycle path not yet confirmed, but
construction likely to begin in Autumn 2020.
Amber: Great Yarmouth Rail Station Interchange- Delay and uncertainty remain over the
Vauxhall Gardens element of the package for which a CPO may be used to acquire land.
Amber: Ely Area Rail Enhancement Scheme- Programme development is delayed by rail
system complexity and the scale of risk mitigation at level crossings. Project has been awarded
an additional £13.1m of funding from DfT for continuing development work through to option
selection. An Outline Business Case is now expected to be produced and submitted in 2022 for
a ‘Decision to Design’ the preferred solution. Possible delivery anticipated from 2025 onwards.
Amber: Business Resilience & recovery Scheme- Strong pipeline of grant applications,
approval and acceptance, although full spend not likely before end of Financial Year.
Green: West Suffolk College Engineering and Innovation Centre.
Green: Suffolk Broadband Programme.
Green: A47/A1074 Longwater Junction, Norwich.
Green: Ipswich (Radial) Transport Package.
Green: Norwich Area Transportation Strategy - City Centre Package.
Green: Norwich Area Transportation Strategy - A11 Corridor.
Green: Ipswich Cornhill.
Green: East Coast College Energy Skills & Engineering Centre.
Green: Great Yarmouth Third River Crossing.
Green: Cefas Marine Science Hub.
Green: Bacton to Walcott Coastal Management Scheme.
Green: Great Yarmouth Flood Defences.
Green: A140 Hempnall Roundabout.
Green: Honingham Thorpe Food Enterprise Park.
Green: Eye Airfield Access Link Roads- Construction of northern roundabout began in early
June 2020. Construction of southern roundabout should begin shortly.
Green: Norfolk & Suffolk Innovation Network.
Green: UEA Productivity East.
Blue: Easton & Otley College Construction Training Centre.
Blue: Lynnsport Access Road (King's Lynn).
Blue: Bury St Edmunds Eastern Relief Road.
Blue: King's Lynn Innovation Centre.
Blue: Ipswich Waterfront Innovation Centre.
Blue: International Aviation Academy Norwich
Blue: South Lowestoft Industrial Estate.
Blue: Norwich Northern Distributor Road.
Black: College of West Anglia University Centre.
Black: Upper Orwell Crossing Feasibility study.
Black: Lowestoft Third Crossing Feasibility study.
Black: Norfolk Broadband programme.
Black: Beccles Southern Relief Road.
Black: Bury St Edmunds Sustainable Transport Package.
Black: Haverhill Innovation Centre.
Black: Growth Hub Programme.
Black: Sudbury Western Bypass Study.
Black: Felbrigg Junction Improvement.
Growth Deal Dashboard
LEP Name
New Anglia LEP
Growth Deal Performance
Area lead comments
This Quarter:
Deliverables Progress
Financial Progress
Financial Year
This Quarter
LGF Award
Houses Completed
Forecast for year
Financial Year
Progress towards forecast
LGF Outturn
This Quarter
Forecast for year
Jobs Created
Progress towards forecast
Apprenticeships Created*
Jobs including Apprenticeships
LGF Expenditure
Forecast for year
Progress towards forecast
Forecast for year
* Apprenticeships included within jobs totals prior to 2017
Progress towards forecast
Non-LGF Expenditure
Area of new or improved floorspace (m2)
Forecast for year
Forecast for year
Progress towards forecast
Progress towards forecast
Number of New Learners Assisted
Total LGF + non-LGF Expenditure
Forecast for year
Progress towards forecast
Forecast for year
Progress towards forecast
Length of Road Resurfaced
Length of Newly Built Road
Length New Cycle Ways
Project RAG Ratings
Contractual Commitments (manual entry)
Previous Quarter
This Quarter
Previous Quarter
This Quarter
Project Name
Project Name
Easton and Otley College
Great Yarmouth Third River Crossing
College of West Anglia
Lowestoft Flood Risk Management
Lynnsport Access Road
Ely Area Rail Capacity Enhancement
Bury St Edmunds Relief Road
Enterprise Zone Accelerator Fund
Kings Lynn Innovation Centre
Cefas Marine Science Hub
1. Contract Commitments include our 7% Running Costs.
Growing Business Fund
Bacton to Walcott Coastal Management Scheme
2. Lowestoft Flood Risk Management Project, which was an LGF award and government priority specified in New Anglia's Growth Deal, has experienced significant delay and slow
Growing Places Fund
Eye Airfield Access Link Road
West Suffolk College
Snape Maltings Flood Defence
3. Development of the strategically significant Ely Area (Rail) Capacity Enhancement Programme is proving extremely complex, has therefore fallen well behind schedule and carries
Norfolk Broadband Programme
Great Yarmouth Flood Defences
substantial risk.
Suffolk Broadband Programme
A140 Hempnall Roundabout
4. Snetterton Employment Area power upgrade project has been significantly delayed by legal issues that prevent preferred site access, and therefore alternatives have been explored.
A47 Longwater Junction
Honingham Thorpe Food Enterprise Park
5. During May and June, we worked with our Area Lead to complete the LGF Programme Review, providing details of commitments, forecast expenditure, issues and risks affecting delivery
Norwich Area Transportation Strategy (NATS) C
UoS DigiTech Centre
of projects and the impact of COVID-19.
Norwich Area Transportation Strategy (NATS) A
CCN Digital Technology Factory
Ipswich Waterfront Innovation Centre
SNC Digital & Technology Skills Hub
International Aviation Academy
Norfolk & Suffolk Innovation Network
Beccles Southern Relief Road
UEA Productivity East
Haverhill Innovation Centre
Business Reslience & Recover Scheme
South Lowestoft Industrial Estate
Running Costs
Sudbury Western Bypass Study
Attleborough Sustainable Transport
Bury St Edmunds Sustainable Transport
Great Yarmouth Transport Package
Ipswich Radial Corridor Improvements
Section 151 Officer Approved
Thetford Transport Package
Chris Starkie, Chief Executive
East Coast College
Felbrigg Junction Improvemnet
Ipswich Cornill
Snetterton Employment Area
Norwich Northern Distributor Road
12th August 2020
Great Yarmouth Rail Station Interchange
Enterprise Adviser Network and Careers Hub
Programme Overview - What is the Enterprise Adviser Network and Careers Hub.
The Enterprise Adviser Network was created and commissioned by the Careers and Enterprise Company which in turn was commissioned by the Department
for Education
The Enterprise Adviser Network consists of eight Enterprise Coordinators and one Enterprise Adviser Manager.
The New Anglia Enterprise Adviser Network is accountable to the LEP Board with direct input from the Skills Board.
With current funding from the Careers and Enterprise Company along with match funding from the LEP the EAN Network and Careers Hub will currently run un
until August 2020
• Enterprise Advisers are Senior Business Volunteers recruited to support schools with assisting pupils to experience the work place and have meaningful
encounters with employers
• The Careers Hub comprises 32 schools across East Anglia with the aim of all schools achieving on average six Gatsby Benchmarks by Aug 2020. Please see
below for description of the Benchmarks.
What is the overall Programme Status?
Meeting the contract approved Careers and Enterprise Grant Claim which is 50% of the running costs and resources for the EAN.
Most targets for Aug 2020 have been met. Covid -19 has impacted our ability to achieve against those targets in slight deficit.
The Programme is performing well in terms of delivery with new schools and EA's being brought in to the Network.
What are our key updates?
• 105 Mainstream and FE Institutes to be matched to an EA by the end of August 2020
• 70% of matched schools to be fully achieving BM5 by the end of August 2020
• 55% of matched schools to be fully achieving BM6 by the end of August 2020
What is our financial position?
Financials (£)
2019 - 2020
2020 - 2021
Qtr. 1 (Apr to
Qtr. 2 (Jul -
Qtr. 3 (Sep to
Qtr. 4 (Jan to
Qtr. 1 (Apr to Jun)
Qtr. 2 (Jul -
Qtr. 3 (Sep to
Qtr. 4 (Jan to
LEP Costs
CEC Grant
Funding claims to the CEC are made four times a year (quarterly).
CEC pay 50% of the EAN and contribute 100% of the Careers Hub Manager Salary. One of the Enterprise Coordinators works 50% of the time on the Lowestoft
Lowestoft Rising and 50% of his cost is covered by this LR Project.
Target - August
Outputs - To Aug 2020.
End of Aug 2020
Mainstream and FE Schools Signed up to the Network
Mainstream and FE Schools matched to an EA
Matched schools fully achieving BM5 by the end of August 202
Matched schools fully achieving BM6 by the end of August 202
Hub Schools fully achieving BM5 by end of August 2020
Hub Schools fully achieving BM6 by end of August 2020
What is the project status?
Delivery has moved to virtual support for Educational Establishments with the CEC recognising New Anglia EAN during national masterclass sessions for its
innovative approach to supporting careers leads and students virtually.
Green →
EAN Network
Green →
The EAN Network is on track to meet its revised CEC targets.
Careers Hub
Green →
The Careers Hub is on track to meet its targets.
What are the next steps?
• Providing virtual and online support to teachers and careers leads during lock down.
• Continue to recruit EA's to match to schools virtually during lock down.
The Gatsby Benchmarks for Careers Guidance
1. A stable careers programme
2. Learning from career and labour market information
3. Addressing the needs of each pupil
4. Linking curriculum learning to careers
5. Encounters with employers and employees
6. Experiences of workplaces
7. Encounters with further and higher education
8. Personal guidance
New Anglia LEP programme outputs dashboard - Q1 2020/21
Data as of Sep 2020
Jobs created
Private sector investment unlocked
New dwellings supported
Primary Economic Strategy (ES) indicators supported
Primary Economic Strategy (ES) indicators supported
Primary Economic Strategy (ES) indicators supported
Delivery, this quarter (Q1, Apr-Jun 2020):
Delivery, this quarter (Q1, Apr-Jun 2020):
Delivery, this quarter (Q1, Apr-Jun 2020):
Delivery, year to date (2020-21 financial year):
Delivery, year to date (2018-20 financial year):
Delivery, year to date (2020-21financial year):
With a proven track record of creating jobs and supporting employment
Delivery, cumulative to date (2012-):
opportunities in the local economy, LEP programmes have a demonstra-
ble and clearly measurable impact on the ambitions of the Economic
Strategy, and associated indicators.
LEP programmes continue to leverage in significant private sector invest-
Though typically small-scale and limited in terms of direct tangible out-
The Enterprise Zones, Growing Business Fund (GBF), Growth Deal pro-
ment, helping to unlock jobs, housing, capital and growth. In fact, the IMF
puts, LEP programmes still have a demonstrable role in supporting the
jects, and Business Growth Programmes will be the primary drivers of
estimates every £1 of private sector investment can stimulate a further £3
delivery of new homes and leveraging in resources to unlock sites and
the jobs created to date in 2020/21.
of economic growth, highlighting its direct impact on the delivery of the
aims and ambitions in the Economic Strategy.
In Q1 of 2020 Enterprise Zones and the Business Growth Programme
This was another metric, where we saw considerable over achievement
made the most significant contributions. Compared to previous trend
Delivery through last year was very successful, achieving an outcome of
through 2019/20, however, the impact of the lockdown through Q1 2020
meant that some construction sites were closed, curtailing delivery.
data,, the figures for Q1 2020 were very encouraging, driven by the larger
198% above target.
number being registered against companies locating in Enterprise
However, sites appear to have reopened through June and we are confi-
Its likely that this year will prove far more challenging by comparison.
dent that demand for housing will bounce back, and early indications are
Aside from the overall impact of the lockdown itself, it seems likely that
that finished units are being purchased at an encouraging rate.
Though there has been an encouraging start, we anticipate that delivery
various projects may not progress as quickly as initially anticipated.
against the target for this metric could prove very challenging in the year
The potential shortfall in this metric is likely to be directly linked to the
ahead, in light of prevailing economic conditions.
performance of the job created metric.
Target, this year (20-2 financial year):
Target, this year (20-21 financial year):
Target, this year (20-21 financial year):
Delivery, year to date, as % of target:
Delivery, year to date, as % of target
Delivery, year to date, as % of target:
New Anglia LEP programme outputs dashboard - Q1 2020/21
Data as of Sep 2020
New businesses created
Jobs paying above the median salary*
Learners & apprenticeships supported
Primary Economic Strategy (ES) indicators supported
Primary Economic Strategy (ES) indicators supported
Primary Economic Strategy (ES) indicators supported
Delivery, this quarter (Q1, Apr-Jun 2020):
Delivery, this quarter (Q1, Apr-Jun 2020):
Delivery, this quarter (Q1, Apr-Jun 2020):
Delivery, year to date (2020-21 financial year):
Delivery, year to date (2020-21 financial year):
Delivery, year to date (2020-21 financial year):
Delivery, cumulative to date (2012-):
Delivering quality jobs, particularly in terms of remuneration, is important
Delivery, cumulative to date (2018-):
in order for the LEP to achieve the aims and ambitions around inclusive
The scale and breadth of the LEPs activity within enterprise support
LEP programmes play an important role in creating and supporting
means it has a vital and unrivalled role to play in supporting and stimu-
learners and apprenticeships, ensuring a demonstrable impact on the
Through 2019/20, 22% of new LEP supported jobs were paying above the
lating the uplift in enterprise required to achieve the aims and ambitions
ambitious skills-related aims of the Economic Strategy and associated
median wage, in relation to the overall job creation figure, this proportion
of the Economic Strategy.
is largely reflective of the median salary job creation profile for the Norfolk
and Suffolk economy as a whole.
In 2019/20 delivery against target fell below what was anticipated—in
This was another metric where delivery exceeded expectations last year,
particular, the Aviation academy and West Suffolk College projects have
though only marginally in this instance.
While the percentage figure for Q1 looks to be more encouraging—
not met projections in terms of through put.
running at 33%, it is important to place this in the context of the volume of
Q1 of 2020 though somewhat lower than expectations, and below trend
jobs created. Through Q1 for 2020 only 9 jobs were registered against this
While learner numbers for Q1 2020 also look low, its important to bear
on previous years—is perhaps not as low as might have feared. This re-
metric, with 3 of them paying above the median wage.
in mind this is one of the most cyclical metrics we track—and Q3 often
mains a very difficult metric to predict, as while we would anticipate few-
delivers a substantial number of the overall total. In addition, around
Much like the overall job creation figure its likely that the volume of jobs
er businesses being started in a time of economic down turn, potential
500 of the learners are anticipated to flow through the ‘Fit for Nuclear’
created will remain subdued through the year, but the proportion paying
impending redundancies could see a proportion of the workforce start-
programme, which we will closely monitor, as it will have a significant
above the median wage looks encouraging—for now.
ing their own businesses. Q3 figures may reveal more about the true pro-
bearing on achieving the overall goal.
gression of efforts against this particular metric, as the furlough scheme
* The baseline median salary figure for Norfolk and Suffolk using by Office for National
Statistics is £26,500 p.a.
comes to and end.
Target, this year (20-21 financial year):
Target, this year (20-21 financial year):
Target, this year as % of all GBF job creation
Delivery, year to date, as % of target:
Delivery, year to date, as % of target
Delivery, Year to date, as % o72target
Norfolk & Suffolk Economy - Headline Observations
Latest available data suggests that overall, the Norfolk and Suffolk economy has responded in line
with many of the projections made in our June Restart Plan, and that in terms of universal credit
claim rates, and furlough rates, the local economy is largely reflecting the average trends seen
across the UK economy.
Overall, the monthly like for like increase in Universal Credit Claims since March have risen across
Norfolk and Suffolk in accordance with predictions, and in tracking in-line with the national trend.
As expected, the rate of employments furloughed in Norfolk and Suffolk has edged up slightly
from the figures in June’s Restart Plan, from 28% to 31%, very slightly below the 32% figure for
In terms of the official Employment and Unemployment rates, the true impact of the outbreak
and lockdown continues to be obscured by various government support measures such as: the
furlough scheme, self employment support scheme, VAT deferment, and rent/rate holidays etc.
It is anticipated that by the end of Q1 of 2020/21 a more comprehensive set of metrics will
emerge, but at present, the key economic metrics available are indicating that the Norfolk and
Suffolk economy is in-line with the ‘middle-case’ scenario set out in our Restart Plan.
We are keeping very close tabs on the redundancy notices being registered by larger firms, and
aligning our employment and re-training support schemes accordingly.
Credit Claims
While almost every local
authority saw at least a 100%
rise in the volume of
Universal Credit Claims,
compared with the same
May-June timeframe in 2019,
this rise is not exceptional in
a national context.
While this is a significant
increase taken in isolation,
this does reflect the
conditions we predicted in
the most likely ‘middle case’
scenario of our Restart Plan.
DWP Statistics - ‘Stat-Xplore’, September
‘Furlough’ or Corona-virus Job Retention Scheme
(CJRS) Data
The latest figures from July for the Furlough scheme show that 31% of employments across
Norfolk and Suffolk were being supported. This is line with the most likely scenario we
predicted in our Restart Plan, and very close to the average figure for England, which stands
at 32%.
HMRC - July 2020
Self Employment Support Scheme (SEISS) Data
The latest figures from July for the SEISS show that 74% of those eligible for self-
employment support made a claim across Norfolk and Suffolk. This is very slightly below
the UK average of 77%, and again is in keeping with the most likely scenario we predicted in
our Restart Plan.
HMRC - July 2020
New Anglia LEP Board Forward Plan - 2020
Forward Looking
Governance & Delivery
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
Quarterly Management Accounts
Ipswich Town
Establishment of Clean Growth
Governance - reporting from industry councils and
Hall, Ipswich
Taskforce and framework
other sub-boards
Development of Tourism sector
Investment Plan Pipeline
action plan
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
21st April
LEP Continuing Business
LEP Response to COVID-19
Business Resilience and Recovery Scheme
Board recruitment
20th May
Food Innovation Centre Investment
COVID-19 Update
Covid-19 Economic Recovery Plan
Capital Budget 20/21
Quarterly Management Accounts
Growth Programme and Growth Deal Performance
23rd June
Covid-19 Update
Economic Recovery Plan Sign Off
Covid-19 Impact on employment
Enterprise Zones, Eastern Agr-Tech & EAN
Performance Reports
Operating & HR Policies
21st July
Visitor Economy Recovery Plan Sign Off
Covid-19 Update
Large Company Grant Application
Growth Programme Performance Report,
Apprenticeship Levy Pool
Capital Budget / Q2 Management Accounts
26th August
GPF Amendment
Draft Accounts Approval
Innovation Board Update
Institute of Technology
Suffolk Inclusive Growth Investment Fund
Growth Deal, EAN & Enterprise Zones Performance
Economic and Programme Dashboards
NAC Bi-Annual Report
New Anglia LEP AGM
Skills Advisory Panel Update
All Energy Industry Council & Energy Recovery Plan
Growth Programme & Agritech Performance Reports
Quarterly Management Accounts
Inward Investment Strategy
Economic and Programme Dashboards
Economic Recovery Plan - Restart
Growth Deal Performance Report
No Board Meeting
Standing Items (where relevant)
Local Industrial Strategy
IAC recommendations
Continuing Business/ 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
Opportunity Areas progress report
EZ forward plan - February or March 2021
Tourism Zones / Visitor Economy - To be scheduled once timing known
IoT sign off on bid - to be scheduled once timing is known
Towns Deals
Norfolk and Suffolk Investment Plan
Clean Growth Taskforce
Economic Recovery Plan - Restart & Renew progress update