New Anglia Board Meeting Minutes (Confirmed)
27th January 2021
Kathy Atkinson (KA)
Kettle Foods
Sam Chapman-Allen (SC)
Breckland Council
Claire Cullens (CC)
Norfolk Community Foundation
David Ellesmere (DE)
Ipswich Borough Council
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)
Scarlet & Mustard
Alan Waters (AW)
Norwich City Council
Jeanette Wheeler (JW)
Tim Whitley (TW)
Ian Whitehead (IH)
Lane Farm - For Item 2
Rebecca Miles (RM)
Lane Farm - For Item 2
Harry Youngson (HY)
Lane Farm - For Item 2
Shan Lloyd (SL)
Mark Ash (MA)
Suffolk County Council
Vince Muspratt (VM)
Norfolk County Council
James Allen (JA)
New Anglia LEP - For Item 7
Chris Dashper (CD)
New Anglia LEP - For Item 11
Julian Munson (JM)
New Anglia LEP - For Item 10
Chris Starkie (CS)
New Anglia LEP
Emma Taylor (ET)
New Anglia LEP - For Item 8
Rosanne Wijnberg (RW)
New Anglia LEP
Helen Wilton (HW)
New Anglia LEP
Actions from the meeting: (27.1.21)
2021 LEP Strategic Priorities
Any comments on the strategic priorities to be submitted to CS & CJG
Strategic priorities slides to be circulated to the board
Chief Executive’s Report
An update on Ely Junction to be provided at the next board meeting
Welcome from the Chair
CJ Green (CJG) welcomed everyone to the meeting and thanked them for attending.
Presentation from Ian Whitehead, Lane Farm
CJG welcomed Ian Whitehead (IW), Rebecca Miles (RM) and Harry Youngson (HY) from Lane Farm
who provided the board with a presentation on their family run pig farm explaining that over the past
20 years they have diversified the business by setting up a cutting plant which had allowed them to
produce their own products and sell to local stores. IW explained that they then moved into cooking
and processing their pork and by bringing processing into a single building in 2019 allowing customers
to visit the site which resulted in larger orders.
The LEP’s agri-food grant will be used to purchase packaging machines allowing increased
productivity, reduced wrapping costs and allowing the use of recycled materials.
RM confirmed that a web site had been set up for the Suffolk Salami arm of the business which is
being used to test the processes and that this was doing well without promotion and that they would
look to expand this going forward.
The meeting discussed the impact of the pandemic which has reduced the demand from the
commercial food trade but noted that sales in local shops had increased.
CJG thanked them for the presentation and they left the meeting.
Apologies were received from Dominic Keen.
Declarations of Interest
Actions/Minutes from the last Meeting
The minutes were accepted as a true record of the meeting held on 25th November 2020.
CJG reviewed the outstanding actions and Chris Starkie (CS) provided an update on the
sources of traffic on the web site vacancy board details of which will be circulated with the
2021 LEP Strategic Priorities
CS provided the board with a presentation on the LEP’s key achievements of 2020 and the
strategic priorities for the year ahead.
CS highlighted 10 ways in which the LEP had supported local businesses during the
pandemic including the PPE database, the successes of partnership working and the
provision of grants in particular the Business Resilience and Recovery Scheme. It was also
noted that the LEP team had continued to deliver business as normal throughout its full
portfolio of programmes.
CS proposed the following priorities for 2021:
Covid-19 Reponses & Recovery - continued practical support for business and support
during the recovery
Clean Growth Region - driving forward the key elements of the Local Industrial Strategy
including establishing the Clean Growth Taskforce
International Profile & Trade - working with the Department for International Trade and
other partners to promote the region, navigate any issues related to Brexit and take
advantage of new opportunities.
Strengthening the LEP - securing future financing as programmes come to an end and
identifying funding from other areas.
The meeting discussed the new UK Shared Prosperity Fund details of which will be set out at
the budget in March.
CS also recommended a continuing focus on underpinning themes of inclusive growth,
innovation and digitalisation which will support all areas of work.
Claire Cullens (CC) noted that support for skills needed to be explicit in the objectives and the
meeting discussed the Skills White paper and the role of the Chambers of Commerce. CS
advised that he was meeting with both local chambers to discuss this further and would also
arrange a meeting with CC.
CS agreed to add an explicit reference to skills into the objectives
ACTIONS: Any comments on the strategic priorities to be submitted to CS & CJG
Strategic priorities slides to be circulated to the board
The Board agreed:
To note the content of the presentation and agreed the priorities identified with the addition
of skills
Trade and Cooperation Agreement Between the EU and the UK
James Allen (JA) presented the board with a summary of the report on the Trade and
Cooperation Agreement struck between the EU and the UK detailing the contents of the deal,
potential implications for sectors, potential economic impact, emerging intelligence and LEP
The board discussed the potential impact on the economy of leaving the EU coupled with the
pandemic and current anecdotal evidence of issues.
CS advised the board that the presentation could be provided to partners and anyone
interested should contact him or JA.
The Board praised the quality of the report and presentation and agreed:
To note the content of the report
Agri-Food Industry Council Report
Corrienne Peasgood (CP), chair of the Agri-food Council, presented the board with an update
on the work of the Agri-Food Industry Council and reviewed the key objectives:
Supporting business recovery, promoting long term growth and ensuring business
Explore ways of attracting inward investment to increase the volume and value of food
processing within Norfolk & Suffolk.
Collaborate with partners including Lincolnshire, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough
leveraging the existing strengths of Agri-TechE to realise the collective power as the UK
centre for hi-tech, precision agriculture and food production.
Support the development of a Food Innovation Centre at the Food Enterprise Park at
Honingham Thorpe to deliver regional business growth through innovation, productivity,
processing and to support the further development of the wider Norwich Food Enterprise
Develop a world-leading hub for plant and microbial research at the Norwich Research
Understanding, supporting and developing the Clean Growth agenda for the agri-food
value chain.
Enabling Growth in the New Anglia Agri-food sector through skills development.
CP highlighted some of the concerns which have been raised by businesses regarding the
UK leaving the EU and noted that the full impacts have not yet been seen.
Emma Taylor (ET) advised that the next Agri-food sector report will be issued shortly
providing feedback from council members, project updates and case studies.
Johnathan Reynolds (JR) asked if the council included aqua foods within its scope. CP
confirmed it did but this area would be expanded in the future.
The Board agreed:
To note the content of the report
Chief Executive’s Report
CS highlighted key projects including the successful delivery of the Peer to Peer Network and
the announcement of a further round of funding to which the LEP will be submitting a bid.
Annual Performance Review - CS was pleased to confirm that Government’s preliminary
assessment was that all requirements have been met. The review meeting between
Government and the LEP team will take place on 28th January.
Covid-19 Response - The LEP is also working with partners in Public Health teams to assist
in setting up Covid-19 testing programmes for businesses with less than 250 employees.
Andrew Proctor (AP) asked if the Peer to Peer network included the care sector. CS
confirmed that the network had been promoted to all sectors.
CS agreed with AP’s comment that progress on Ely Junction had been slow but that the
funding proved by the LEP and local authorities had moved the project onto the next stage.
It was agreed that an update would be provided for the next board meeting.
ACTION: An update on the Ely junction project to be provided at the February board meeting
JR asked how inward investment queries connected to the Industry Councils. CS noted that
this could be challenging given the confidential nature of the investment discussions, but it
would be possible to share some details.
The Board agreed:
To note the content of the report
Connected Innovation
Julian Munson (JM) provided the board with an update on the LEP’s ‘Connected Innovation’
initiative which is being driven by the LEP’s Innovation Board and includes a new programme
to connect and promote Norfolk and Suffolk’s Innovation Hubs and the development of an
Innovation Prospectus. The prospectus is still undergoing amendments and will be circulated
to the Board on completion.
The two year project will provide a more collaborative approach to innovation across the
region and will also support cross sector innovation.
JR expressed thanks to both local authorities for their support and noted the success of
pulling together the innovation hubs and the opportunities which this provides.
The Board agreed:
To note the content of the report
New Anglia Capital Report - Confidential
Chris Dashper (CD) presented the report noting the change in format and advised that this
was still being reviewed and amended.
The Board agreed:
To note the content of the report
January Performance Reports
Rosanne Wijnberg (RW) presented the reports to the Board and highlighted key items.
Growth Programme - the Small Grants Programme runs until September 2021 and further
funding was being investigated.
Enterprise Advisor Network - Outputs are as at the end of the autumn term and are rated red
as they are centred on work with businesses. The advisors have been working on other
initiatives which are not reflected in the captured outputs but which are recognised by the
Careers Enterprise Company.
Enterprise Zones - Activity has slowed on the Great Yarmouth & Lowestoft EZ while Space to
Innovate remains busy.
The Board agreed:
To note the content of the reports
Quarterly Management Accounts
RW presented the management accounts to the board and asked for approval of the virement
of funds from the Business Resilience and Recovery Fund (R&R) to the Growing Business
The Board agreed:
To note the content of the accounts
To approve the budget transfer (subject to government agreement) of £1m from R&R to
Growing Business Fund.
Board Forward Plan
CS presented the forward plan highlighting the agenda items for the next meeting.
The Board agreed:
To note the content of the plan
Any Other Business