New Anglia Board Meeting Minutes (Confirmed)
21st July 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
Dominic Keen (DK)
Steve Oliver (SO)
MLM Group
Corrienne Peasgood (CP)
Norwich City College
Andrew Proctor (AP)
Norfolk County Council
Johnathan Reynolds (JR)
Alan Waters (AW)
Norwich City Council
Jeanette Wheeler (JW)
Tim Whitley (TW)
Louise Aynsley (LA)
S151 Officer, Suffolk County Council
Vince Muspratt (VM)
Norfolk County Council
Shan Lloyd (SL)
Julian Munson (JM)
New Anglia LEP for Item 6
Chris Starkie (CS)
New Anglia LEP
Rosanne Wijnberg (RW)
New Anglia LEP
Helen Wilton (HW)
New Anglia LEP
Actions from the meeting: (23.06.20)
Welcome from the Chair
Doug Field (DF) welcomed everyone to the meeting.
Apologies were received from Sandy Ruddock and Helen Langton.
Declarations of Interest
Full declarations of interest can be found at
Minutes of the last meeting
The minutes were accepted as a true record of the meeting held on 23rd June 2020.
Chris Starkie (CS) reviewed the actions from the last Board meeting and confirmed that all
actions from the last meeting had been completed.
LEP Response to COVID-19
CS presented the paper to the board noting that this is will be the last paper where the
Covid-19 response is provided separately and in future it will be incorporated into the Chief
Executive’s Report.
Key items were highlighted to the board.
Getting Building Fund - CS provided an update on the submission to the detailing New
Anglia’s allocation of £32.1m.
R&R: The fund has been very successful with £1.3m awarded covering a wide range of
businesses and a healthy pipeline in place.
Workforce: Work has been ongoing to understand the range of schemes available and a
script will be produced for businesses to use. An initial meeting has been held with key
partners and a Job Support programme is being established. Work is also being carried
out to identify and engage with companies with large numbers of staff on furlough and
which are at risk of making redundancies.
PPE: the database has been expanded to include cleaning products and other support for
businesses opening up and BEIS is now referring businesses to the database.
Peer to Peer: BEIS are progressing this project and have asked for numbers of companies
being invited. New Anglia will be engaging with 250-300 businesses.
The Board agreed:
• To note the content of the report
Visitor Economy Recovery Plan
Julian Munson (JM) presented the paper highlighting the impact the pandemic is currently
having and is predicted to have in the future and provided an overview of the process
which has been carried out to produce the plan.
The work has been carried out in collaboration with partners and provides a strategic
approach which promotes all areas of the region not just the more well known coastal
The improved and increased use of innovation and technology were also highlighted as
they will be used to better effect to target potential visitors to the region.
Claire Cullens (CC) noted that improved transport links were vital to encouraging more
tourists. JM confirmed that this was a 6 month plan which could not address large scale
infrastructure projects but that the importance of this was noted and was continuing to be
promoted as key.
Pete Joyner (PJ) highlighted the LEP’s success in bringing the key partners together to
produce the plan. He noted that support for businesses was important but that the LEP
should also be ambitious in its aims in projects which will attract tourists to the region.
Matthew Hicks (MH) asked if the DMOs had approved the plan. JM confirmed that they
had all been involved in its compilation and signed off but that promotion was key to its
The Board agreed:
• To note the content of the report
• To approve the Visitor Economy Recovery Plan
Large Company Grant Scheme: CONFIDENTIAL
Apprenticeship Levy Transfer Scheme
CS provided the board with an update on the Apprenticeship Levy Transfer scheme which
has been operating since December 2019 and informed them that, to date, 37 transfers have
taken place to date, with a further 11 in the pipeline pending recruitment with a total monetary
value of over £300k.
The Board was advised that the pandemic has significantly reduced the numbers of
apprenticeships available and there are concerns that some of those on furlough will be
made redundant. The coordinator will therefore also be supporting redundant/at risk
apprentices and working with stakeholders to rebuild apprenticeship numbers and advocate
their value to the business community.
DF noted that the Coop had transferred some of its Apprenticeship Levy to the Scheme.
Corrienne Peasgood (CP) backed the support being given to apprentices facing redundancy
and CC asked board colleagues for their support in transferring any unused levy to the
The Board agreed:
• To note the content of the report
Continuing Business
Rosanne Wijnberg (RW) presented the report and highlighted key issues specifically noting
that the pandemic has impacted on issuing offer letters to recipients from the Innovative
Projects Fund but most projects are still progressing and, given that this is a New Anglia
fund there is no set deadline.
The Board agreed:
• To note the content of the report
Capital Budget - Confidential
July Performance Reports
RW presented the July Project Performance Reports.
The meeting was advised that the New Anglia Capital report has been postponed as work
is still ongoing on the review of its investments to assess the impact of the pandemic on
The Board agreed:
• To note the content of the report
Management Accounts
RW presented details of Q1 2020 and highlighted key areas.
It was noted that that 1/3 of the grant income had been delayed following the change in the
allocation process and was expected in September.
Recharges are down as less money has been spent on events.
Wages & salaries are below budget as there are some vacancies and Keith Spanton has
not been replaced on a like for like basis.
Motor expense & room hire costs are down. Some of these are part of core operations
and some are for programmes which will be reflected in a corresponding reduction in
General expenses have been allocated across the year but some invoices have been
received during Q1 such as LEP Network membership.
The Board agreed:
• To note the content of the report
Board Forward Plan
CS noted the August meeting had been booked which would have a reduced agenda to
include the 19/20 Accounts and a Chief Executive’s report which would now include the
Covid-10 update.
DF noted that planning had begun on the AGM which would be held virtually.
CS asked for any requests for board items to be submitted to him.
JR asked whether Brexit would be included as a separate item. CS confirmed that this will
be included in the Chief Executive’s report unless key issues arose.
The Board agreed:
• To note the content of the plan
Any Other Business
JR noted that the roundtable session with Nadim Zahawi was very positive and New Anglia had
once again been able to table questions which were addressed by the Minister.