New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership Additional Board Meeting
Wednesday 26th August 2020
10.00 - 11.30pm
Via MS Teams
10 minutes
Welcome from the Chair
Declarations of Interest
Actions / Minutes from the last meeting
Draft Annual Financial Statements 19/20 - confidential
For Approval
Food Innovation Centre Update - confidential
Chief Executive’s Report - including confidential items
Board Forward Plan
Any Other Business
New Anglia Board Meeting Minutes (Unconfirmed)
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.
New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership Board
Wednesday 26th August 2020
Agenda Item 7 - Chief Executive’s Report
Author: Chris Starkie
This report provides an overview of LEP team activities since the July 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) 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.
Continued good progress being made in the delivery of the LEP’s flagship C-19 support
programme the Business Resilience and Recovery Fund.
47 awards have now been awarded totalling £1.811m. Total projects value of £4.392m.
The New Anglia Growth Hub has now handled more than 1,500 C-19 enquiries from
businesses resulting in almost 4,000 hours of one to one support from advisers.
Levels of enquiries dropped off during July but have ramped up significantly ahead of the launch
of a new grants for Tourism and SME businesses. However, our funding allocation from
Government is unlikely to meet demand.
We have asked for an increase in this allocation and are looking at other ways to support the
Peer to Peer Network New Anglia LEP has been awarded a budget of up to £345,000 to deliver
a Peer to Peer Network which will provide 250 businesses with a 21 hours programme of
business support delivered by experienced business facilitators.
Enterprise Zones. A topping out ceremony will be held on August 27th for the new building on
the Norwich Research Park Enterprise Zone. The building is a joint venture between South
Norfolk Council and the LEP. A legal agreement with the planned tenant is closed to being
The Norfolk and Suffolk Job Support programme. This new programme, part of the restart
plan, will be launched at the start of September.
The campaign will reach out to businesses offering a health check via the Growth Hub and to
promote the services and support for business both looking to increase or reduce staffing.
RESTART Festival. The festival on September 29th and 30th is free for any business to watch
and will deliver practical training sessions, inspirational business speakers, new ideas and timely
case studies.
Using innovative new technology delivered by a Suffolk event AV company, the two day virtual
event will be livecast across two channels on both days, with hosts in socially-distanced green
screen studios facilitating panel discussions, live Q&As and short training sessions.
The board is asked to note the contents of the report
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1) LEP Programmes
Business Resilience and Recovery Scheme
The LEP’s flagship C-19 response programme the Business Resilience and Recovery Scheme is
continuing to see a strong pipeline of applications and approvals.
Our requirement for match funding and clearly structured business plans is ensuring that high
quality applications are continuing to come forward, from a range of sectors and right across
Norfolk and Suffolk.
The majority of applications are being approved, however some bids have been refused or
reduced in scope.
Reasons for rejection include:
1 No clear evidence that the business has been impacted by C-19.
2 A business as usual project being put forward - no evidence of how the funding would be used
to adapt to opportunities or threats of C-19
3 Funding not required. The business clearly has the funds in place and does not need the grant
- in other words the project would happen anyway.
To date 47 businesses have been supported with total grants of £1.811m and private match of
£2.581m committed, giving projects with a total value of £4.392m.
Investment in these 47 businesses will create 33 FTEs and safeguard 1,188.
Of the 47 businesses supported, 27 are in Norfolk (£998,386) and 20 are in Suffolk (£812,808).
Another four applications are currently with the panel for decision and 11 are going through the
due diligence process. Together these 15 proposals have a potential grant value of £578,820,
when added to those already approved, the total grant value amounts to £2,390,014.
This means that awarded projects and those in the due diligence pipeline account for 68% of the
available fund.
The programme will be extended through additional funding secured through the Getting Building
Peer to Peer Network
New Anglia LEP has been awarded up to £345,000 by Government to deliver a peer to peer
network for 250 businesses.
The project is part of the Government’s Productivity Review which found that peer to peer
networks can significantly improve the performance of businesses.
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The project will be managed by the LEP and delivered by the New Anglia Growth Hub, and run
between September 2020 and March 2021.
Businesses will be split into cohorts of 11, with a dedicated facilitator running eight sessions over
a total of 21 hours of support.
Each business will also be entitled to half a day of one to one support.
The Growth Hub will be recruiting three coordinators to organise the 23 cohorts of businesses
and we will be advertising for facilitators to run the sessions which will cover key areas of
business growth such as marketing, HR, and tech adoption.
The programme complements the LEP’s Scale Up programme which provides a more intense
programme for a smaller cohort of businesses, and will be ideal for those business managers not
quite ready for the Scale up programme.
Business Growth Programme
New Anglia Growth Hub
The Growth Hub has handled more than 1,500 Covid-19 related enquiries since the start of the
outbreak in mid-March. The individual queries have as expected been complex, with businesses
experiencing multiple challenges. Just under 4,000 hours of one to one support has been
delivered by the GH advisers to these businesses.
Visitor economy and SME grants scheme
Whilst call volumes reduced during July - the Government announcement of a new grant
scheme to support the Visitor Economy and wider economy (offering grants between £1,000 and
£3,000 to SMEs) has generated just under 2,000 enquiries, which the Growth Hub are now
working to process.
The scheme will be delivered by the LEP through the Growth Hub and will go live towards the
end of August.
The 2,000 enquiries have come before we have even launched the scheme.
The amount of funding we have been allocated (£586,000) will be nowhere near enough to meet
demand - it will enable us to offer around 200 grants.
We have requested additional funding from Government and will be referring applicants to other
LEP programmes as well as partner programmes.
Small Grant Scheme
We continue to receive applications to the Small Grant Scheme, with just under 300 grants
awarded to date, however, the number of applicants has slowed in recent weeks.
Start up programme
The number of people coming forward seeking support to start their own business has continued
to increase and Nwes and Menta are providing a range of virtual based workshops and one to
one sessions.
Growth through Innovation
Since the 1st April, ten projects have been approved, totalling £192k, which is well towards our
£483k target by the end of March 2021. The average grant value approved to date remains just
under £20k. Our pipeline of potential applications looks healthy, with £375k worth of projects
under development.
Growing Business Fund
Interest in the GBF continues, particularly from the manufacturing sector. As of the end of July
we have approved £636k worth of projects and have a further £1.2m of applications going
through the due diligence process and a further three applications valuing £930k at development
stage with the Growth Hub.
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Eastern Agri-tech Initiative
Interest is this scheme continues, with three new applications coming forward in June for
processing totalling £260k, and a further four in the pipeline, which we hope to see approved in
the next month. We continue our work with CPCA to ensure that funding is fully allocated and
drawn down by applicants by the end of March 2021.
Growing Places Fund
Many projects continue to develop well - Norwich Castle has just claimed £0.5m on its Castle
Keep transformation project, Gainsboroughs House is in full construction mode for the
improvements to the museum and the Saxmundham Creative Enterprise Hub has started the
refurbishment of the GPO Exchange building on the High Street in the town.
Several projects that are in the process of receiving Growing Places Fund grants from the LEP
have experienced delays and increased costs due to Covid 19 and are subject to review by the
LEP Executive team and Investment Appraisal Committee. This review includes whether the
projects will meet their spend profiles and/or whether the LEP can provide additional support to
these projects to help them with immediate post Covid 19 recovery.
New Anglia Capital - Confidential
LEP Innovative Projects Fund
Innovative Projects Fund 1 (2018 Call) - £500,000.
IPF 1 Summary: Seven projects supported, with a combined allocation and commitment of £539k.
An amount of £28,616 has been claimed so far in this financial year, bringing the spend to date to
£168,617. Local Authority match funding of £63k and Private match funding of £106k has been
One project is now complete and five other projects have either submitted claims or have agreed
dates for claims, meaning these projects remain on course, albeit in some cases delayed in the
main due to C-19.
The final project - Norfolk County Council’s ‘Building Supply Chain Skills Capacity’ project has been
affected by COVID-19 restrictions. The project builds on the opportunities presented by Vattenfall’s
Offshore Wind construction programme. However, delays in obtaining ministerial permission for
the development and in local highways consultations, has meant that the project leader is now
looking at other construction projects that the supply chain can look to support. A progress meeting
is scheduled in Mid-August.
Innovative Projects Fund (2019 Call) - £1.5m
IPF2 Summary: 18 projects with a combined allocation of £1.472m.
Nine 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.
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Wednesday 26th August 2020
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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 eight projects (with Offer Letters) are expected anytime between
now and mid-October.
 A further five projects are awaiting their Offer Letters from SCC.
The remaining three projects are being reviewed and re-profiled in view of current circumstances.
The Ipswich Cornhill project (events) has been returned to the IAC with a revised proposal.
Growth Deal (Capital Growth Programme)
Work on the development of Productivity East, a new regional hub for engineering, technology
and management at UEA recommenced in late June 2020 following delays because of Covid-19.
Although all workstreams are still making progress, health restrictions and co-ordination between
contractors carrying out other necessary works will delay completion and occupation of facilities
by approximately 3 months.
A new Productivity East webpage is due to launch at the end of August 2020. Key features
include a one-stop shop for information on, and access to, business solutions, facilities,
education and training opportunities. Work is ongoing to define what continuous professional
development will be offered.
The Lowestoft Flood Risk Management Project secured an award of approximately £43.5m
from the Government, the largest single award to any scheme in the country.
Anglian Water began ground investigations in June to confirm which water and sewage pipes
would need to be moved or diverted to allow the flood protection scheme to continue.
With planning permissions in place and the anticipated completion of ongoing ground
investigations in August 2020, the project is expected to move into an accelerated delivery mode.
Communications and engagement works will also significantly increase, with the project team
planning a ground-breaking event likely to be held in late September to mark the start of
construction of tidal elements.
Enterprise Zones
Enterprise Zones - Confidential
New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership Board
Wednesday 26th August 2020
Agenda Item 7 - Chief Executive’s Report
Inward investment
The team received two new projects needing a response this month and received reports of a
successful project that landed during the Covid Crisis.
As at 11/08/20 we have 15 enquiries in progress. 22 proposals have been submitted to date in
Department for International Trade:
The High Potential Opportunity (HPO) which was focused on healthy ageing and the Norwich
Research Park was unsuccessful.
Feedback recognised the strength of the cluster and viability for investment due to research and
academia assets, but pointed to the broad scope of the application and need for a more precise
definition of the commercial opportunity for it to have been a suitable nomination.
The team is due to meet with DIT to understand the outcome and it looks likely the proposal can
be refined and resubmitted in the autumn.
Norfolk and Suffolk key companies list
As part of the development of the Invest Norfolk & Suffolk inward investment service, the team is
developing a list of the key businesses in Norfolk and Suffolk to ensure the LEP, DIT and local
authority colleagues have a clear and consistent approach to working with our biggest employers
and in particular our foreign owned businesses.
The Invest Norfolk & Suffolk team have shared details with all Norfolk districts of the companies
in their area which are either already on the One List of DIT key accounts or which are
considered to be suitable candidates. Review calls with each District are being scheduled over
the next month.
The Suffolk list of key business accounts is nearing initial finalisation, and following review by
LEP colleagues, will be shared with Suffolk districts.
Promotion and profile-raising:
EEEZ energy sector marketing: Delivery Group meeting 9 July, procurement of new brand
management supplier undertaken, Invest Norfolk & Suffolk staff participated in Global Offshore
Wind virtual event 22 & 23 July
Further development on Norfolk & Suffolk Unlimited website: property search and report builder
launched &
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2) Strategy
Economic Recovery
Good progress is being made in delivering the Economic Recovery Restart plan. Each part of the
plan has been now been picked up by existing groups, industry council and sub boards with
delivery plans updated.
The Economic Recovery Group met for the first time on 10th August and will oversee the
implementation of the Economic Recovery Restart plan and provide direction on the day to day
development of the Economic Recovery Renew plan. A Restart progress update will be
presented to the LEP board in November along with a proposal on the approach to the Renew
The LEP are considering local and sector lock downs and developing plans ensure the LEP and
Growth Hub can respond effectively as well as put in place mitigating actions to try and minimis
impact were possible on the local economy. The LEP remains involved with both Norfolk and
Suffolk Resilience Forums and Health Protection Boards representing business and the
Economic Indicators Dashboard
The LEP is working with NODA, SODA, and Metro Dynamics to develop an updated set of
economic indicators which will incorporate new, relevant metrics (e.g. Furlough figures, universal
credit claims,) alongside some of the more usual indicators such as employment rates, wages,
and GVA. We are also exploring some options for incorporating a selection of metrics around the
progress towards achieving clean and inclusive growth. We are working to try to reflect our best
understanding of what the likely impacts of both Brexit and Covid are likely to be on the local
We are working with Metro Dynamics to develop a web-based dashboard which will set out a
revision of longer-term economic growth projections and indicators. This will be open to all
partners and provide live and up to date economic data.
At the latest BEIS Transition Business Readiness Forum on 23 July, government officials set out
the latest information/guidance for businesses. Many changes will be required at the end of 2020
regardless of the outcome of the negotiations given the UK will no longer be part of the Single
Market or Customs Union. A major new communications campaign has been launched to run
alongside the negotiation which will indicate changes businesses need to make and the
opportunities that lie ahead. Government is seeking views on the long-term plan for the UK’s
border and the trading of goods and services across the UK’s nations.
Skills and Employment
Job Support Programme
The Redundancy Support Programme has been renamed the Norfolk and Suffolk Job Support
Programme to better reflect that it will be supporting people in work or education and looking for
work or education. A wide range of partners including DWP have been working to put in place the
tools and information and are amin to launch a campaign to promote the programme on 1st
The Job Support Campaign will reach out to businesses offering a health check via the Growth
Hub and to promote the services and support for business both looking to increase or reduce
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Programme will evolve over time as more support and services come on board or are identified
currently it includes:
 A Web based triage system to sign post to support and services providing tailored
information to the individual.
 Job support pack - one-pager infographic sheets with information on schemes and
support e.g. self-employed, apprenticeships etc
 Programme of webinars
 Timeline to outline when key schemes e.g. DWP’s Kick Start will be launched and when
business can expect more information.
We are also exploring how we implement a matching process - identifying new job opportunities
and matching with companies that are looking to make redundancy with similar skill set.
European Funding Programmes
ERDF funding
The remaining funds in the ERDF funding programme have been largely allocated to Covid
response initiatives, including the Reopening High Streets Safely Fund, which has seen £1.5m
funding channelled through Norfolk and Suffolk Districts for projects starting this summer.
The LEP continues to raise the issue of continuation funding for the Growth Hub, whose current
funding ends in 2021, with Government.
ESF funding
The ESF funded projects which are currently live are now on the LEP website. Several further
projects are due to launch in the autumn.
The LEP has submitted three Call requests worth £5m for consideration as part of the ESF
National Reserve Fund process. We expect to hear soon whether they have been approved and
further calls in Norfolk and Suffolk will go live in September.
Transforming Cities
While DfT continues to review the Transforming Cities submission it was announced at the end of
July they have formally approved funding for Tombland to enable Transport for Norwich to
progress work on this key city centre project.
Transport East
Transport East held its second forum of 2020 on the 22nd July (Full papers can be found here)
with a range of updates including:
 Summary of progress since April on the 100-day plan
 Presentation of the Communications Plan for Transport East
 COVID-19 recovery: Transport East work programme
 Recommendations for Transport East from the KPMG Decarbonisation report
Ely Task Force
Ely Task Force met on the 30th July where network rail updated on the programme and timeline.
Positively ground investigation surveys have commenced despite challenges with social
distancing regulations. Task force agreed to produce an assumptions log meaning all members
are clear about what is included within the core scope of the project. The LEP attended a
separate meeting on communications and agreed to promoting project consultation events to
achieve widest engagement.
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There will be a specific item at the next Transport Board on Ely and the communication actions
the Transport Board can lead to support the project.
The Suffolk Broadband and Digital Connectivity Working Group updated in July that the Better
Broadband for Suffolk Programme is ahead of delivery plan targets and is now expected to be
completed by September 2020. Superfast coverage in Suffolk has now reached 96.68% and
coverage in the county for speeds of 30Mbps> now stands at 95.87%. As the deployment is now
focussed on FTTP connections in rural parts of the county, the increases in the coverage
percentage will be slower but Suffolk’s coverage is very much in line with counties of similar size
and rurality.
The 2020 Norfolk Housing Monitoring Report is due to be published shortly noting 4,826 houses
were built in Norfolk in 2018/19, an increase of 1,282 houses since the previous year, 1,092 of
these were affordable homes. The largest increase was recorded by Norwich City Council with
927 dwellings completed. Four district councils, Breckland, Broadland, Norwich and South
Norfolk delivered more houses in 2018/19 than the Local Housing Need figure, which is the
minimum number of houses required to be built each year.
3) Industry Councils, sector groups and external partnerships
LEP Innovation Board
Work is progressing well on implementation of the Innovation Board Delivery Plan. Several
projects are now underway, including the Innovation Mentoring Programme, led by Norfolk
County Council, which seeks to match interested businesses with mentoring support or
innovation funding such as Innovate UK.
The Board also endorsed a bid to the Norfolk Strategic Fund for a ‘Connected Innovation’ project
which aims to link up all the innovation centres with additional business support and cross-sector
events activity. The Innovation Team have also been supporting the Cambridge Norwich Tech
Corridor with the Funding Fit workshops, delivering focussed session on specific Innovate UK
funding calls.
The Innovation Board met in July for an extraordinary meeting to discuss the role of innovation in
economic recovery and clean growth and will be working closely with the LEP executive to
ensure that major innovation and transformational projects form a part of the Renew Recovery
Plan going forward.
Agri-Food Industry Council
The LEP is currently working with Savills to undertake an intelligence and feasibility project for
the sector. The project, which will produce a data set of companies in Norfolk and Suffolk, will
look at emerging food trends and opportunities in order to provide greater understanding and
evidence of areas of specialism, gaps or weak points, relationships and opportunities, to help
strengthen value chains in the sector.
In addition, the study will consider the best way to capitalise on the public interest in local food as
a result of the pandemic. Investigating different models of local branding and distribution, such as
Taste the West, it will provide a set of recommendations for the LEP and Agri-Food Industry
Council to take forward. The final report is due in September and will feed into the Inward
Investment Team’s work as well as the Recovery Renew Plan.
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Sector Groups
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.
The 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.
One of the ambitions in the plan is for Norfolk and Suffolk to become ‘top of mind’ for domestic
tourists by launching a collaborative campaign. The ‘Undiscovered England’ campaign, which is
being led by VEE in collaboration with an alliance of DMOs, has just been awarded £350k from
the Cabinet Office. The Cabinet Office and Visit Britain commented that the campaign was
awarded more than the maximum of £300k due to the strong partnership in place.
In addition, the Norfolk Strategic Fund has recently announced a Tourism Sector Support
Package of £2.225m to enable Norfolk destinations to open safely for both visitors and local
residents. With the ‘Kickstarting Tourism’ grants soon to be rolled out through the Growth Hub,
this makes a substantial set of interventions for a sector so affected by the pandemic. Focus has
now turned to monitoring impact of the Recovery Plan and taking forward the strategic Tourism
Action Plan.
Cultural Sector
New Anglia Cultural Board has long been considered an exemplar nationally for the strong
partnership and delivery of cultural led economic growth. The Board has been awarded £60k by
New Anglia LEP, Arts Council England as well as Norfolk and Suffolk County Councils to deliver
a comprehensive strategic plan and ten-year vision as part of the refresh of the strategy Culture
Drives Growth. The project will enable New Anglia Cultural Board to maintain its nationally
celebrated position at the forefront of culture led growth and make significant contributions to the
recovery of the sector.
The new strategy will include a 360 review of the Board, development of cross sector
partnerships and a shared investment prospectus, one of the interventions in the Local Industrial
Strategy. The strategy comes at a pivotal time for the sector, after several high-profile
organisations announcing redundancies.
At the same time, led by National Centre for Writing, the Board is delivering the £457,500 project
Collaboration: Place: Change. The project, which has been funded by Arts Council England and
the LEP is a new leadership programme designed to equip current and future leaders with the
skills they need to drive social and economic change across Norfolk and Suffolk.
Manufacturing and Engineering
Work is progressing well on the NAAME project, Engineering Success. The Talent Sharing
Platform, which is being led by the Cambridge Norwich Tech Corridor has significant backing
from the private sector and being developed rapidly in response to the pandemic.
The UEA Business School are working on the cluster development study with several focus
groups scheduled to take place in September which a wide range of business stakeholders. The
study will provide a set of recommendations for NAMME to deliver. Having signed an MoU with
Make UK, the national manufacturing sector body, NAAME has become increasingly engaged on
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a national level. The LEP Team have been involved with several Make UK roundtables helping to
raise the profile of NAAME.
Cambridge Norwich Tech Corridor
The Re-imagine programme was set up to support businesses to collaborate and come up with
new products and services and to identify opportunities for these to gain funding to be moved
forward. The Tech Corridor and LEP team organised the first Re-Imagine event on the 5th August
in collaboration with Warren Services to develop a bid to Innovate UK for Industrial Research to
develop a regional digitised supply chain. The proposal was well received and partners, including
the Tech Corridor and Institute for Manufacturing, are now working with Warren Services to
develop a bid of up to £3m.
Ipswich Vision
The Cornhill is due to be reopened to the public on Tuesday 18th August (subject to a successful
Road Safety Audit) following necessary works to improve access and enhance the public space
with new planters.
4) Communications and Engagement
RESTART business recovery festival
RESTART is a free, virtual, business recovery festival taking place on 29 and 30 September
aimed at businesses large and small across Norfolk and Suffolk.
The event has brought together by the LEP team, supported by the Norfolk Enterprise Festival
and local partners.
The Norfolk Enterprise Festival was developed by Mid-Norfolk MP George Freeman and local
business leaders and the LEP supported the festivals held in 2018 and 2019.
With the outbreak of C-19 a physical festival was not possible and a decision was made to evolve
the 2020 festival into an online event which could serve both Suffolk and Norfolk.
The Restart Festival is designed to bring to life the Norfolk and Suffolk Economic Recovery
Restart Plan.
The festival is free for any business to watch and will deliver practical training sessions,
inspirational business speakers, new ideas and timely case studies.
Using innovative new technology delivered by a Suffolk event AV company, the two day virtual
event will be livecast across two channels on both days, with hosts in socially-distanced green
screen studios facilitating panel discussions, live Q&As and short training sessions.
Training sessions and panels will cover a wide range of practical guidance on grants and funding,
marketing, HR, workplace wellbeing as well as retail and the high streets, innovation funding and
Sessions are being delivered by local business leaders as well as business support partners.
The event is being supported by sponsors including Norfolk County Council, the Federation of
Small Businesses, Norwich Research Park and Mills & Reeve.
Funding from the sponsors is helping towards the costs of staging the event, which would
otherwise have had to come purely from the LEP budget.
Video content from the festival will be available on the LEP website after the event for free and
for all local businesses and partners to access. Businesses can sign up for free here
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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.
Due to the impact of Covid-19, Government has agreed certain exemptions and extensions to the
conditions of the National Local Growth Assurance Framework. We have made good progress to
date and do not plan to rely on any exemptions listed. We will confirm this as part of our quarterly
monitoring process. We anticipate the Mid-Year review with Government will take place in
September. Details are yet to be finalised.
Following further work to consider and report on the impact that Covid-19 might have on
investments held by New Anglia Capital, Price Bailey’s work is now complete. An updated
Management Letter and statutory financial statements were circulated to the Audit & Risk
Committee for review and agreement. The committee has now recommended the accounts for
approval by the LEP Board. The accounts can be viewed under agenda item 5.
Payment of our final third of 2020/21 Local Growth Funding (£15.8m) is anticipated around 19th
Government has confirmed the LEP’s allocation of the new Getting Building Fund (£32.1m).
Payment to the LEP is anticipated early September.
The board is asked to:
 Note the contents of the report
Communications activity
during July 2020
This dashboard sets out the outcomes and impact of communication during July
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
July 2019
June 2020
July 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
Our top tweet for July highlighted the
launch of our Economic Recovery
Restart Plan and earned a massive
10.3K impressions.
Top Tweet - Norfolk & Suffolk Unlimited
An aerial shot of Norwich Research
Park was Norfolk & Suffolk Unlimited’s
best performing tweet for July, earning
3,195 impressions. We regularly post
photographs which showcase
locations in the region via this account.
Media coverage - New Anglia LEP
July was a bumper month for publicity,
with more than 35 separate pieces of
The launch of our Economic Recovery
Restart Plan at the beginning of the
month was well picked up by the local
media. It was the lead story on BBC
Look East on 7 July and featured an
on-camera interview with Chris
Starkie. In addition, Chris was
interviewed by BBC Look East and
Radio Norfolk about our report looking
the impact of Covid-19 on
employment. This and other coverage
firmly positioned us as being at the
forefront of the region’s response to
the pandemic.
The Government’s award of £32m
towards ‘shovel-ready’ projects in our
area was covered in the East Anglian
Daily Times and Insider Media.
Lotus’s announcement that it is to
develop a purpose-built facility in
Norwich, potentially creating 125 jobs
here, was covered by Autocar, Insider
Media, and the Eastern Daily Press in
its print and online editions. The story
was also picked up by the East
Anglian Daily Times and EDP24. The
LEP has supported Lotus with this
Other stories covered during July
included the £1.4m award to the
Ipswich and Norwich Opportunity
Areas to continue for a fourth year and
the £43m confirmed investment in
Lowestoft’s Flood Defence project.
Media coverage - Norfolk & Suffolk Unlimited
The launch of a Visitor Economy
Recovery Plan under the Norfolk &
Suffolk Unlimited brand was featured
in ITV Anglia’s lead story on 23 July.
Andy Wood, chair of Visit East of
England, did an on-camera interview
about the initiative. The story was also
picked up by the East Anglian Daily
Times and EDP24.
Google Analytics - New Anglia LEP website
Our website has continued to see high volumes of traffic. There were 8,055 users and
24,626 page views in July - an increase on the previous month. The average session was
02:06, with a bounce rate of 51.37%. New visitors made up 75.7%, while returning visitors
made up 24.3%.
The most visited page was our Employment Opportunities section (this had more than
2,000 page views), followed by funding, our team and the Business Resilience &
Recovery Scheme.
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 Recovery Fund
GPF Application
Growth Deal & Enterprise Zones Performance Reports
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)
 B rexit
 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
 Freeports
 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