Growing Business Fund Grant Panel Meeting Minutes (Confirmed)
Wednesday, 01 August 2018 | 10.00am - 12.30pm
Constantine House (Room F01), Constantine Road, Ipswich, IP1 2DH
Present - Panel:
Mike Burrows (MB)
Jeanette Wheeler (JWh)
Birketts (Vice Chair)
Martin Ince (MI)
Martin Ince Communications
Dominic Keen (DK)
Paul Stewart (PS)
Max Applin (MA)
Max Applin Consulting
Jackie Potter (JP)
Dr Sumathi Sundram
SGV Consultants Ltd
New Anglia LEP
Chris Dashper (CD)
New Anglia LEP
Jason Middleton (JM)
New Anglia LEP
Rose Joy (RJ)
Neil Sargent (NS)
Stuart Ager (SA)
Amanda Castell (AC)
Hayley Johnson (HJ)
Suffolk County Council
Barry Henson (BH)
Suffolk County Council
Vimmi Hayes (VH)
Actions from the meeting: Wednesday, 04 July 2018
No actions identified.
MB welcomed everyone to the meeting.
Apologies were received from Julie West, New Anglia LEP, Sandy Ruddock, Scarlet and Mustard and
Daryl Griffiths (DG), Burnett Barker Solicitors
Declarations of Interest and GDPR
No Declarations of Interest declared.
Meeting Minutes: Panel Meeting Wednesday, 06 June 2018
Confirmed with no amendments.
New Applications for Approval (3)
Mirus Aircraft Seating Limited - Agreed to support
Approved Grant: £140,000 -
- JM/CD to check Undertaking in Difficulty (State Aid regulations) eligibility
Seven full-time jobs to be created.
Action: Finance East to check Facility Letter still in place.
Vanilla Electronics Limited - Agreed to support
Two full-time jobs to be created.
TBI Manufacturing Limited - Agreed to support
Approved Grant: £69,500
Four full-time jobs to be created
General discussion took place on salaries allocated for new full-time jobs.
- JM reported that the Growth Hub will be taking on two Skills Hub Advisers and would be
good policy going forward for applicants receiving grants to engage with the Growth Hub to access
advice on improving their skills workforce.
JM to discuss with Nigel Best, Growth Hub Manager.
Small Grant Scheme Update
JM provided update. The Panel noted the award of thirteen Small Grant Scheme grants in the month of
June 2018, totalling £128,901 (Grants Awarded) and £654,753 (Total Project Cost). See Appendix 1.
JM reported there had been a slight fall-off in the number of Small Grant Scheme applications coming
through in July but that this was a fairly normal expectation for the summer period (July/August) and
anticipates the numbers will pick up during September/October.
Funding and Jobs Creation
BH provided update. To date £1,250,000 paid out (this equates to 44-45% of this year’s budget).
A further £870,000 is due to be paid out in August.
Current spend on the Small Grant Scheme is just under £1.2 million.
With today’s approved grant totals (£249,494) the cumulative figure for GBF stands at nearly £500,000
over-committed and therefore may need to ask for further monies later on in the year.
Cumulative confirmed job creation now stands at 1,923 (up twenty-one on last month). With an additional
forty confirmed jobs for the Small Grant Scheme (jobs not a requirement) which is a bonus.
It was noted the overall total for
grant funding paid out to date was £22.2 million which equates to
approx. £110 million in investment.
ERDF Programme extension (for Small Grant Scheme, Growth Hub and Start-Ups)
- JM reported
that the programme extension for a further three years was now in the final stages of approval by
MHCLG. The paperwork is with Panel members today, Wednesday, 01 August 2018, for a decision
before being put to the Management Committee on Monday, 06 August 2018.
Updates on Approved Grants
BH provided update on the following grants.
Pipeshield (approved in October 2016)
ETP Card Processing (approved in August 2017; revised in September 2017)
TML Precision (approved January 2017)
GBF Applications ‘Pipeline’
NS provided brief details of applications in progress. At present there are three applications, plus one
review, to be submitted to the August meeting. Of the three applications, one needs to be reviewed
urgently in view of machinery order deadline. Panel
that this grant application could be circulated
for voting within the next few working days.
- please send vote direct to NS.
It was noted that there are no potential grant applications for September at present and judgement will be
made nearer the date as to whether to hold the September meeting.
PR and Marketing
JM provided an update. The new Growth Hub website is now live and is in the process of being updated.
Once the ERDF programme extension has been approved, the Growth Hub will be pro-actively targeting
high growth potential businesses to signpost to all grant/funding options - this to include Future50,
Any Other Business
New Panel Members
- MB reported there had been an article in the EDP on Tuesday, 31 July 2018
announcing the addition of three new private sector members on to the Panel.
The meeting closed at 11.45am.
Next Meeting: Meeting Room 3, Centrum, Norwich Research Park, Norwich, NR4 7UG
Wednesday, 05 September 2018 |10.00am - 12.30pm
New Anglia Small Grant Scheme projects approved in June 2018
June 2018 Projects
My Sofa Covers Ltd.
Abate Ltd (2)
Richard Western Ltd.
Machined Precision Components Ltd.
R&S Budds Ltd.
Global Plant Genetics Ltd
TSI Structures Ltd
Cargo Secure Ltd
Canham Consulting Ltd
Brandon Body Centre
Lark Technology Group Ltd
Total - June 2018