New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership Board Meeting
Wednesday 25th November 2020
10.00 - 12.30pm
Via MS Teams
Welcome from the Chair
Presentation from Dan Greeves, Managing Director, Pegasus Welfare Solutions
Declarations of Interest
Actions / Minutes from the last meeting
Forward Looking
Inward Investment Delivery Plan
For Approval
Economic Recovery Restart Plan Progress Report
BREAK - 15 Mins
EU Exit / End of Transition Period Report - confidential
Chief Executive’s Report inc a confidential item
November Performance Report and Economic Dashboards
Board Forward Plan
Any Other Business
New Anglia Board Meeting Minutes (Unconfirmed)
21st October 2020
Kathy Atkinson (KA)
Kettle Foods
Sam Chapman-Allen (SC)
Breckland Council
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)
Helen Langton (HL)
University of Suffolk
Corrienne Peasgood (CP)
Norwich City College
Andrew Proctor (AP)
Norfolk County Council
Johnathan Reynolds (JR)
Sandy Ruddock (SR)
Scarlett & Mustard
Alan Waters (AW)
Norwich City Council
Jeanette Wheeler (JW)
Tim Whitley (TW)
Paul Forecast (PF)
National Trust - For Item 2
Mark Goodall (MG)
All Energy Industry Council - For Item 7
Bethan Hacche (BH)
Mark Ash (MA)
Suffolk County Council
Vince Muspratt (VM)
Norfolk County Council
Julian Munson (JM)
New Anglia LEP - For Item 7
Chris Dashper (CD)
New Anglia LEP - For Item 8
Chris Starkie (CS)
New Anglia LEP
Rosanne Wijnberg (RW)
New Anglia LEP
Helen Wilton (HW)
New Anglia LEP
Actions from the meeting: (21.10.20)
Actions from last meeting
Details of the candidate for the NAC Board to be circulated to Board members for approval
Business Resilience & Recovery Scheme
Details of unsuccessful BRR applicants and recipients of the Visitor Economy and Wider
Economy Grants to be circulated when available.
Welcome from the Chair
CJ Green (CJG) thanked everyone for attending the meeting and welcomed Kathy Atkinson (KA) as
the new private sector board member.
Presentation from Paul Forecast, Regional Director, National Trust
CJG welcomed Paul Forecast (PF), Regional Director of the National Trust, who provided the meeting
with an overview of the work of the National Trust and its economic impact on the region.
PF advised that the National Trust employs 269 members of staff and has over 220k members locally
and that the 1m paying visitors to sites in Norfolk and Suffolk bring £16m into the local economy.
PF provided an overview of the main sources of income and the areas of spend noting that all areas of
the National Trust’s work and investments have been impacted by the pandemic. He confirmed that
the overall financial position was secure however individual areas requiring further support and some
smaller loss-making retail outlets are being closed however the holiday cottages are busy with
demand exceeding supply and investments will continue to be made in this area.
PF thanked the Board for the LEP’s funding towards the development of the Sutton Hoo site and
expressed a hope that the organisations could work together on other projects in the future.
Jeanette Wheeler (JW) asked whether the online offer such as virtual tours and online shopping was
being expanded. PF agreed that footfall was down which impacted retail outlets and that although
member rates had been sustained to date there was a need to provide something in return if physical
visits were not available.
CJG thanked PF for attending the meeting for updating the Board on the work of the National Trust in
the region.
PF left the meeting.
Apologies were received from Steve Oliver.
Declarations of Interest
Actions/Minutes from the last Meeting
The minutes were accepted as a true record of the meeting held on 23rd September 2020.
Chris Starkie (CS) reviewed the actions from the last board meeting.
He noted that no nominations had been received for an additional New Anglia Capital (NAC)
board members and advised that JW had proposed that one of her colleagues at Birketts could
join which would also provide legal expertise as desired by the NAC board.
ACTION: Details of the candidate for the NAC Board to be circulated to Board members with
the request for approval.
Skills Advisory Panel Progress Update
Claire Cullens (CC) provided the meeting with an overview of the Skills Advisory Panel (SAP)
advising that the membership covered all business sectors, the Department of Work and
Pensions, Chambers of Commerce, Education and Skills Funding Agency and councillors &
officers from Norfolk and Suffolk County Councils making around 40 members in total.
CC reviewed the four key aims of the SAP:
 Driving skills progression for the workforce
 Providing agile and responsive training provision for key sectors
 Equipping young people for success
 Tackling barriers to employment
Two projects have been identified for each objective where the most impact can be made
which can also be delivered by the end of 2020. CC advised that details of all projects were
included in the slide pack and a progress report will be produced at the end of the year.
CC also noted that the outputs in the Economy Restart Plan were linked to the SAP
objectives to ensure alignment.
CC highlighted the work of the local authorities including Judith Mobbs and Natasha Waller
from the LEP.
The meeting discussed the importance of skills in the sector deals in particular in STEM
subjects. It was agreed that filling the skills gap was a particular challenge and it was
important to get people to upskill into these specific areas. Education partners and employers
need to work together to identify these gaps, supply the training and education to meet them
and also to encourage people to retrain into these areas.
The Board agreed:
 To note the content of the report
 To endorse the vision of the Skills Advisory Panel and its current direction of travel and
champion the ‘key messages’ of the Skills Advisory Panel
 To support the wider work in response to Covid-19
All Energy Industry Council Progress Update
Julian Munson (JM) introduced Mark Goodall (MG), Chair of the All Energy Industry Council
(AEI), and provided an overview of the importance of the sector to the region noting its unique
position in covering all green types of energy.
JM reviewed the objectives of the AEIC:
Profile and Promotion - branding and marketing to national and global audiences.
Proactively promoting the offer to attract global investment and boost exports across the
energy sector
Lobbying and Regulation - strengthening links with Government and other
organisations as identified by the Council to attract support and investment and improve
Supply chain development - strengthening the cluster, helping businesses work with
each other, including tier one corporates, and maximising export and investment
Innovation support - helping businesses improve their performance and enabling them
to enter new markets, develop new products, enhance processes and improve
Skills development - overseeing the skills sector plan, connecting employers with
providers and responding to industry demands in developing the skilled workforce of
Infrastructure attracting investment to enhance and build the infrastructure required to
support the growth of the industry and improve connectivity and business productivity
The Board received details of the priority projects which had been identified for delivery during
2021 and JM highlighted the work being carried out on the promotion and branding of the
(MG) addressed the board agreeing that historically the various energy sectors had operated
in silos and work was ongoing to bring these together.
MG reviewed the size of the local industry, its unique position and strength of the local energy
sector in offering and developing all areas of green energy.
MG noted some of the current challenges such as developing the Bacton site and the
development of the onshore infrastructure.
CJG asked what support the LEP could provide. MG felt that the AEIC could be improved by
membership of someone from the energy distribution sector and also noted that the current
regulatory regime hinders development.
JW advised that some board members were participating in a BEIS roundtable tomorrow
focussing on green recovery and requested suggestions for an ask for the Minister.
MG proposed they should highlight the importance of developing key infrastructure projects
and also request support with planning.
Johnathan Reynolds (JR) noted that there had been considerable success achieved in
offshore projects but the biggest challenge was in connecting to the onshore infrastructure. It
was agreed that there was a lack of joined up thinking by Government with 30% of energy
coming ashore in one small area in Suffolk.
The Board agreed:
 To note the content of the report
 To note and support the approach to producing and delivery a recovery plan for the sector
Business Resilience & Recovery Scheme Progress Update
CS provided an overview of the Business Resilience and Recovery Fund advising that 79 grants
have been awarded to date totalling over £3m. The second tranche of funding for the scheme,
secured from the Getting Building Fund call, has now been accessed and a number of revisions
to the scheme are being introduced to ensure maximum impact is achieved through the
available funds.
Sam Chapman-Allen (SCA) queried whether reducing the intervention rate to 40% would
reduce applications. CS confirmed that this has actually the rate already used on many
applications already processed where the impact of Covid-19 on the business was not clear
or the business had sufficient cash reserves in place to fund the project itself.
John Griffiths (JG) asked if details of unsuccessful applicants could be provided as well as the
details of Visitor Economy and Wider Economy Grants.
ACTION: Details of unsuccessful BRR applicants and recipients of the Visitor Economy and
Wider Economy Grants to be circulated when available.
CC asked if evidence of projects supporting skills progression could be included in the
application process.
Chris Dashper (CD) confirmed that this was routinely asked during the assessment process
for the Growing Business Fund when the project is revisited and would be included in
Resilience and Recovery applications in the future.
The Board agreed:
 To note the content of the report and agree the revisions to the scheme
Chief Executive’s Report
CS highlighted key items in the Chief Executive’s report noting the success of the Restart
CS advised that the Mid Year Review had been carried out and that New Anglia continued to
be rated Good in all areas. CS advised that, in order to be rated exceptional, the LEP needed
to establish a youth engagement panel and also set up its own scrutiny panel. He advised
that the spend on projects is being closely monitored and all efforts are being made to reduce
underspend and that funding would be reallocated if needed.
The Board leant that the Growth Hub will receive additional funding to support the end of the
transition period and plans are being drawn up to use the funding.
The Board discussed the role of Local Resilience Forums (LRFs) and CS advised that he was
involved in a discussion with the LEP Network on this matter. There are a large number of
LRFs and these were being reviewed to ensure the LEP was presented at the key forums.
The Board agreed:
 To note the content of the report
October Performance Reports
Rosanne Wijnberg (RW) presented the reports to the Board and highlighted key items.
Business Growth Programme - RW noted that there has been a drop off in applications to the
Small Grants Scheme as expected.
Agri-Tech - The pipeline now exceeds the funds available therefor the pipeline is being
The Board agreed:
 To note the content of the reports
Quarterly Management Accounts
RW presented to the latest management accounts to the Board.
The Board agreed:
 To note the content of the plan
Board Forward Plan
CS reviewed the forward plan and advised that the 2021 plan would be presented following
agreement with the Chair.
The Board agreed:
 To note the content of the plan
Any Other Business
The meeting discussed the issues around promoting the region during the pandemic.
PJ noted that many businesses in the visitor economy sector would be closing anyway at this
time of year and it was important to be ready in the spring when they reopened.
Actions from New Anglia LEP Board Meetings
Target Date
Business Resilience & Recovery
Details of unsuccessful BRR applicants and recipients of the Visitor Economy and
Links to details of grant recipients circulated with board papers
Wider Economy Grants to be circulated when available.
New Anglia Capital
Board members to consider putting themselves forward to join the NAC board
Details of the proposed candidate from Birketts will be circulated to Board
members for approval following confirmation from the NAC Chair
September Programme
Carry out analysis on the impact of EZ planning regulation changes
Raised with Local Authority colleagues with no issues raised and therefore
Performance Reports
no immediate impacts on EZ sites expected. We will continue to monitor.
Clean Growth Taskforce
Board members to consider a pledge which the Board could make and submit
No suggestions have been received. This will be revisited when the
suggestions to the Chair.
Taskforce is established.
Growth Hub Presentation
Growth Hub Annual review to be circulated to the Board when published
This review will now take place early in 2021
New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership
Board Decision Log 2020 - Public
Decision Made
Making Body*
The Panel approved the following applications:
Business Fund
• Olympic Construction Limited - Agreed to support
Approved Grant - £25,190
• Wrightform Limited - Agreed to support
Approved grant - £57,500
• Pink Office Limited - Agreed to support
Approved grant - £80,000
LEP Board
The Board made the following decisions:
All Energy Industry Council Progress Update
• To support the approach to producing and delivery a recovery plan for the sector
Business Resilience & Recovery Scheme Progress Update
• To agree the revisions to the scheme
The IAC made the following decisions:
Growing Places Fund additional grant request- Confidential
The Panel approved the following applications:
Business Fund
• AKS Skip Hire Services Limited - Agreed to support
Appoved grant - £66,000
• Armultra Limited - Agreed to support
Approved grant - £73,000 - an Assisted Area award
LEP Board
The Board made the following decisions:
Institute of Technology
• To endorse the proposed process and local framework which will be used to set out regional expectations for Institute of Technology
proposals covering Norfolk and Suffolk.
Suffolk Inclusive Growth Investment Fund
• To approve the allocation of £1m capital from the LEP to Suffolk Inclusive Growth Investment Fund and the proposed process for the
management and allocation of the funds as set out in the report
The Panel approved the following applications:
Business Fund
• Polar Systems Limited - Agreed to support
Approved grant - £127,741
• CTR Secure Services Limited - Agreed to support subject to PEP check.
Approved grant - £160,000
• Slic Sheet Metal Fabrications Limited - Agreed to support
Approved grant - £31,185
LEP Board
The Board made the following decisions:
LEP Accounts 19/20 - Confidential
* New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership Board, Investment Appraisal Committee, Growing Business Fund Panel, Remuneration Committee, Audit & Risk Committee
New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership Board
Wednesday 25th November 2020
Agenda Item 6
Inward Investment Delivery Plan
Author: David Dukes, Invest Norfolk & Suffolk team
Presenter: David Dukes
This paper outlines the Delivery Plan for delivering inward investment across Norfolk and
Suffolk, led by the Invest Norfolk & Suffolk team. The Delivery Plan will steer the activities of the
team over the next 2-3 years in order to help the LEP meet its growth objectives for Norfolk and
Suffolk. A summary of the plan is attached at Appendix 1.
The plan will deliver:
 clear and demonstrable value
 an uplift in profile, lead generation and projects landed,
 leading to business growth and retention and ultimately new jobs.
The Board is asked to note the contents of the report and endorse the proposed approach.
In June 2018 the New Anglia LEP Board agreed to support an advanced model for inward
investment delivery, proposing that New Anglia LEP takes a stronger lead.
This included the development of a centralised inward investment team for Norfolk and Suffolk
bringing together colleagues from Norfolk and Suffolk County Councils and the LEP and which
is now based within the New Anglia LEP and the delivery of the Invest East ERDF project.
Invest Norfolk & Suffolk
The Invest Norfolk & Suffolk team was launched in January 2020, drawing staff from Norfolk
and Suffolk County Councils who are all on assignment to the LEP until 31 March 2023.
This may be extended dependent on outcomes, and the agreement of all parties concerned.
The purpose was to draw together the existing expertise and capabilities within the two County
Councils and place it within a single team that would operate within the LEP but would continue
to call upon the capacity within other agencies, such as the District Councils.
A single team approach would also give greater focus to the work, enable closer collaboration
with other LEP teams as well as with Dept for International Trade. The team is also responsible
for managing the Invest East ERDF business support/inward investment project.
The team comprises five full-time staff; three commenced in post in January and a further two
members of staff were recruited in April and May, respectively.
The two new members of staff are:
Stuart Catchpole, Inward Investment Manager Stuart’s role includes researching and
promoting our key investment opportunities, generating and managing inward investment
enquiries, working with property and landowners to make the most of our investment assets,
and using our new Norfolk and Suffolk Unlimited branding to raise our profile.
Alice Tomkins, Economic Development Officer Alice’s role involves promoting business
development and inward investment opportunities across the region by working with key
partners to develop and deliver projects that will lead to business growth and ensure growth in
key economic sectors.
Three of the staff have been assigned sector specialisms, with the Head of Service operating
across all sectors and the fifth member of staff taking on a systems and support role, as well as
their existing formal role as compliance officer for the Invest East project. We have avoided a
location-based approach. All staff have a LEP area wide remit.
The team brought a significant amount of knowledge and experience with them, as inward
investment had formed part of the portfolio of work within the County Council’s economic
development teams. A number of new enquiries have arisen over the past few months adding
up to a current pipeline of over 50 projects.
The team has provided regular updates to the Board over the past few months, and despite
being in lockdown for the majority of the time it has seen an increase in enquiries, an
improvement in the quality and consistency of responses and some notable successes.
Invest Norfolk & Suffolk played a central role in landing GCB Cocoa, from Malaysia, who
will redevelop the former Philips Avent plant in Glemsford, near Sudbury, to establish a new
cocoa processing plant. Following an enquiry from Dept of International Trade in March,
we have directly supported the client to locate the right site and facilitated relationships with
a range of stakeholders including Babergh & Mid Suffolk District Council and Savills.
Our intervention directly influenced the client to select Suffolk above other UK locations
they were considering. This c£25m investment is expected to create between 50 - 100 jobs.
Impact of Covid-19
It is an inevitable consequence of the Covid-19 pandemic that our work has been fundamentally
affected. It has hampered our ability to:
 learn more about our assets and opportunities.
 engage in profile raising activity that aims to result in more lead generation.
 handle and respond to enquiries - site visits are clearly difficult to organise.
It is predicted that global FDI flow will fall by 40% in 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Like
the rest of the LEP, indeed much of the world’s economy, we have had to adapt, but the landing
of GCB Cocoa shows what can still be achieved. We anticipate there will be more successes to
report later this year.
The Delivery Plan approach we are seeking the Board to endorse contains a mixture of
proposed actions that may be amended depending on how quickly, and to what extent we
emerge from lockdown.
We are also conscious that the longer-term landscape and prospects may continue to look a lot
different than it did a year ago and therefore the delivery plan must be agile, able to respond,
and adapt to new approaches and grasp new opportunities.
Delivery approach
In 2018, the LEP board agreed a framework for delivery. The delivery plan this incorporates
and builds upon the previously agreed framework.
Our aim is to continue to raise the two counties’ profile, promoting our strongest and most
marketable opportunities, utilising the Norfolk & Suffolk Unlimited brand.
We seek to generate, and land more leads thus creating more jobs. We will continue to
research, understand, and recommend improvements to our assets, which will help to inform
our marketing methods and approaches as well as improving our responses to enquiries.
Our work is delivered through six workstreams which are outlined below together with their
respective success measures:
INS1 - Identification of market need: A clear understanding of the markets, sectors,
and businesses, which may be aligned with our assets and opportunities, to whom we
can proactively target communications of our product offerings from Norfolk & Suffolk.
 INS2 - Identification of market offer (product): Having a consensus with partners on
the headline offers, so we are able to promote our key assets and opportunities to our
identified market/audience, as well as to build bespoke responses to client enquiries
from an agreed resource set.
 INS3 - Communicating/promoting the market offer: Key audiences are aware of the
Invest Norfolk & Suffolk brand and offer and understand the opportunities and how they
may respond to them, increasing the number and quality of enquiries received.
INS4 - Partnership development: Norfolk and Suffolk as a pre-eminent inward
investment area in the UK, attracting private & public investment, and working with, and
supporting our partners in the area and nationally. Includes strategic alignment with LEP
INS5 - Support retention, development, and expansion of existing local
businesses: Reduction in number of businesses relocating activity outside of Norfolk
and Suffolk, successful expansion, GVA uplift. Increase value of investment to local
businesses and the ability of companies to access finance (through Invest East
investment readiness programme).
 INS6 - Systems development/management: Seamless communication to all internal
and external stakeholders.
Appendix 1 describes in further detail the specific activity we have been taking or plan to take
that relate to the above workstreams.
Partnership Approach
The Invest Norfolk and Suffolk team is a dedicated inward investment resource - but in order to
maximise its impact draws widely on a range of resources and skills from the LEP and partners.
 Internal within the LEP:
o Sector, innovation and Enterprise Zones team - to assist with sector-based
research, specific innovations, business networks, new products, processes etc;
exploitation of EZ sites, knowledge of innovation programmes, linkages to the
three Industry Councils and the LEP Innovation Board, sector groups,
collaboration with CNTC team.
o Communications - lead on the delivery of the Norfolk & Suffolk Unlimited
campaign, and support with other promotional campaigns including attendance
at key events such as MIPIM.
o Programmes - access to grants, loans and investment, business support
o Skills - specific capabilities and links to the Skills Advisory Panel
o Strategy - especially data and market trends (Business Resilience team)
For example: Promoting the Norfolk & Suffolk offer
The Invest Norfolk & Suffolk team have worked with colleagues from the Communications
team to deliver a Commercial Property Finder function that is updated automatically from
Estates Gazette commercial property data and a custom report builder on the Norfolk &
Suffolk Unlimited website to help drive campaigns..
 External:
o Enterprise Zone Partnerships, to align inward investment plans with EZ site
development plans
o District and County Colleagues - local knowledge, especially local property and
sites, key account management, new products, processes, developments etc to
support enquiry responses and provide content for offer development
o Research base - universities, institutes and other organisations with research
capability and business support activity
o Major businesses - to understand challenges and opportunities in the
local/national/international economy and support and stimulate inward
investment activity
o DIT - take the Norfolk & Suffolk offer to international markets, provide a pipeline
of FDI enquiries, share regular updates on businesses of significance in Norfolk
& Suffolk
o Innovation Hubs and incubators (including OrbisEnergy, Hethel, InnovationLabs
Stowmarket) - offer support and business growth activity
o Commercial property and other agents - understanding asset availability to
respond to enquiries
o Chambers of Commerce - business intelligence, exchange of local knowledge
and unified approaches regarding range of issues
For example: working with District & Borough colleagues
In February 2020, representatives of each of the Districts and Boroughs across Norfolk and
Suffolk attended a facilitated full-day inward investment workshop, organised by the Invest
Norfolk & Suffolk team. We are now having regular calls with each local team to identify
and share knowledge on the key businesses in each area, based on the DIT OneList, in
addition to consultation to support enquiries and propositions.
For example: working with Dept for International Trade
We are reviewing the national DIT Datahub to identify Norfolk and Suffolk-located
businesses and are contacting each relevant DIT representative. This enables us to
forward scan for issues facing those Norfolk and Suffolk assets as well as ensuring that
DIT are aware of the support that Invest Norfolk & Suffolk can provide.
We have been unable to undertake as much local engagement as we had expected due to
Covid, although we have managed a number of locally focused web-based meetings. We
expect to organise more structured meetings across the two counties in due course.
Invest East ERDF delivery
Invest East is a programme of specialised business support directed at businesses considering
or pursuing high growth strategies and is managed by the Invest Norfolk & Suffolk team in
partnership with the University of East Anglia and Norfolk and Suffolk County Councils.
The programme is raising the global profile of Norfolk/Suffolk as an investment location by
addressing barriers in high profile growth areas, delivering jobs and increased GVA through key
project work streams:
 Investment readiness support for SMEs: over 100 Norfolk and Suffolk SMEs have
participated in intensive investment readiness support to date, with over £900k of
investment secured by supported companies.
 Investor support programme: supporting businesses to locate and grow in Norfolk &
Suffolk, participation in international trade shows and delivery of direct business
 Promotion and profile-raising: promoting the New Anglia offer through Norfolk & Suffolk
Link to the Economic Strategy and Local Industrial Strategy
The delivery plan will deliver against the Economic Strategy, Local Industrial Strategy and the
Economic Recovery Plan - see Appendix 1 for further detail.
Appendix 1 - delivery plan summary.
The Board is asked to note the contents of the report and endorse the proposed approach.
Appendix 1
Invest Norfolk and Suffolk Delivery Plan - summary
1. Our Sector Approach
The first three workstreams cover market need, our offer (opportunity) and how we
communicate it. It is important to stress from the outset that our inward investment approach is
primarily driven by our key sectors and this section describes how we follow that approach.
The Norfolk and Suffolk Economic Strategy identifies nine sectors that represent the most
important in terms of the broad impact on our economy. Not all of them are target sectors to
attract inward investment but the Local Industrial Strategy narrows these down to three that
certainly are.
We have looked carefully at all of the key sectors in Norfolk and Suffolk, and having consulted
with a number of partners, we believe the following give us the strongest opportunities for
attracting investment. For the majority of sectors, we already have a good deal of knowledge
and information, and in some cases, this has already been converted into detailed propositions
and activity.
Sector opportunities
What we have delivered or plan to deliver
Clean Energy:
We have a substantial body of knowledge that is
captured in which is constantly
 Offshore Renewables
updated and has been supplemented by the findings
(manufacturing, O&M and
from WSP on the Great Yarmouth O&M campus. We
have discussed with EEEGR and the AEIC about
 Offshore Gas (new
prospects for investment linked to decommissioning and
opportunities around
offshore gas.
carbon capture, hydrogen)
We are an active partner in EEEZ which is currently
 Onshore renewables
delivering a brand development project. This will
 Decommissioning
embrace competency and reputation rather than be
 Civil Nuclear - especially
directly linked with geography and should therefore nest
as a construction project
well with Norfolk & Suffolk Unlimited.
We are also supporting the region to understand the
opportunities in view of future nuclear projects, including
trade missions focusing on the nuclear supply chain.
We have attended several virtual energy sector
exhibitions: Global Offshore Wind V-fest, SNS 2020 and
Global Offshore Wind 2020.
In January 2020 we attended the internationally
significant food and drink expo, Horecava taking with us
 Agriculture - new crops,
key local food and drink businesses looking to access
new methods of growing
and grow into international markets.
food locally
 Agri-tech - driving
Alignment with Agri-tech Council delivery plan. Plans to
innovation in the industry
support workstream 1, determining market need, to
on an international scale
identify relevant commercial opportunities, audiences for
targeted conferences and events activities to promote the
 Adding value to what we
(already) grow
Norfolk & Suffolk Unlimited brand, inward investment and
export opportunities.
ICT and Digital Creative:
We have developed and presented propositions to DIT
linked to:
 Health, medtech
especially linked to
 Artificial Intelligence
healthy ageing
 Cyber Security
5G, Digitisation, and other
 Fintech
creative/digital capabilities
 Medtech
We aided the introduction of regional digital tech
businesses to the sector leads in the Department for
International Trade to enhance pitching and internal
marketing. This was focused on attending the MWC 2020
international trade show (subsequently cancelled due to
We have supported Tech East with the development and
promotion of the Tech100, a new initiative which aims to
shine a spotlight on 100 of the leading-edge tech
businesses located in Norfolk and Suffolk and support
their growth ambitions, with the launch hosted at Adastral
We have been promoting the current HPO on 5G
technologies, centred on Adastral Park, producing a
training video for overseas DIT posts, presenting to
international DIT delegates and highlighting our digital
strengths in the DIT sector brochure programme (AI and
Cyber Security).
We have commissioned consultants to develop an
investigation into the commercial opportunity for the life
sciences sector, with a focus on health ageing to aid
securing a secondary HPO offer in Norfolk and Suffolk
and to inform a marketing campaign and provide a focus
for key life science institutions across the area.
There are other sub-sectors
We have developed sector propositions with DIT for
which we also believe offer us
automotive engineering and aviation/aerospace.
investment opportunities and we
will also devote time to explore
We are utilising relationships with partners and
what offers we have and what
stakeholders to obtain information relevant to enquiries.
market opportunities may exist:
 Niche Manufacturing
 Financial Services
 Bloodstock and Animal
 Transport, Logistics and
2. Our Asset Base
Many of our sectors align with known assets across Norfolk and Suffolk which will generally
form the heart of our promotional work:
 Norwich Research Park
 Adastral Park and Innovation Martlesham
 Hethel Innovation
 OrbisEnergy
 Norwich Airport
 The Energy Zone
 Sizewell
 Ports of Felixstowe, Ipswich, Great Yarmouth, Lowestoft, King’s Lynn.
 Corporate research assets
Many of these (but not all) are set within our key growth locations where a number of spatial
offers exist - there is some crossover with our asset base:
 Greater Norwich Area
 Greater Ipswich
 Our Enterprise Zone sites (including Bury St Edmunds, Stowmarket and King’s Lynn)
 Haverhill and Sudbury
 A14 Corridor
 Cambridge Norwich Tech Corridor
 Newmarket
In most of the above locations we have at least one substantial, shovel-ready site ready to host
new development. And of course, there is a supply of existing property which varies in nature.
This is supported by:
 Market opportunity (as far as we can clarify it and if not already identified by the client)
 Incubators and business centres
 Academic and research capability at our three Universities
 Our various skills and supply chain specialisms
 Connections - access to London, airport etc
 Access to finance and other business support
 Networks and meet up groups
 Quality of Life (largely, the tourism offer) - geography, nature, history, sport
(participation and spectator), culture and the arts
 Alternative employment opportunities (for partners etc)
3. Responding to enquiries
We have been building up a portfolio of the above attributes over the past few months in order
to populate our outward facing promotional material as well as our bespoke responses to
enquiries. If we are not shortlisted, after an initial response there will generally be no further
engagement, but if there is further dialogue it will give us the opportunity to provide
considerably more information and cover more areas.
Building up a base of information is a continuous process and our colleagues in the District and
County Councils, and those within the LEP covering skills, sectors, communications, and
business support are all actively engaged in supporting our work.
A key part of a response - sometimes initially but more likely during follow up discussions - is
the “Landing Package”. In other words what is our offer to investors? As well as the attributes
described above, we would expect to cover:
 Grants and loans availability as well as access to investment funding
 Whether we are prepared to directly undertake a development on a greenfield site. This
may be a desired option if a local authority owns the site but even if not, there may be a
willingness to intervene. Alternatively, we can engage a third-party investor.
 Liaison with suitable Enterprise Zones that offer a community of like-minded
businesses and enhanced support
 Many businesses may require introductions to supply chain, or other businesses with
which to collaborate, or to professional service providers
 Introductions to networking groups, academic institutions etc
 Introductions to potential customers
4. Promotion
Norfolk & Suffolk Unlimited has been developing a presence at international trade shows,
marketing and through virtual networking opportunities following Covid-19. These projects have
a twofold benefit, firstly to develop international leads for new businesses to invest here, but to
also help secure investment into our existing businesses.
The way in which we are promoting the region will change in the medium term due to the
impacts on the event industry due to Covid-19. Whilst we anticipate attending fewer events in
person, the team will attend virtual events where the audience meets the needs of Norfolk &
Suffolk Unlimited. The Invest Norfolk & Suffolk team will also provide support to sector groups
when organising events used to promote the region.
To develop an effective strategy, we are utilising the grant secured through the Norfolk
Strategic Fund to explore effective markets and how to position our offer in a post Covid
landscape and the recommendations from that will drive our activity from 2021. In addition we
are seeking funding from the SIGIF.
The work undertaken through INS will mean that we are able to conduct highly targeted
campaigns. This is preferable due to the costs associated with large scale broad marketing
activities and will ensure that the audience meets the offer of Norfolk and Suffolk. The
exception to this rule is the Norfolk & Suffolk Unlimited website which will undergo content
refresh and inclusion of materials discussed with sector groups, for example commercial
property search and recruitment information.
5. Attracting Key Skills
Much of our promotional work is focused on attracting business but a further important target is
the attraction of people with key skills as well as entrepreneurs, especially retention of
graduates. The Board has already endorsed this as a key area of work for the Norfolk & Suffolk
Unlimited brand. We have been building on the N&SU website so that it captures all of the two
counties’ lifestyle attributes which we will use as the foundation for a number of planned sector-
focused initiatives and will work with the Skills Advisory Panel to add further value.
We are starting with the legal profession by developing a forward-facing campaign that will seek
to attract young lawyers to an area that is not perceived as offering sufficient challenge or
onward opportunity. We will work with Hethel Innovation on an engineering campaign before
taking a town-focused approach where businesses tell us there are chronic issues in attracting
key staff in many sectors.
Ultimately, we will be judged on the number of successful landed projects, and their quality
based on salary levels, and longevity/security. A key input will be the number of leads
generated by our promotional activity.
6. Key Account Management
Norfolk and Suffolk are home to a considerable number of major businesses, many of which
are within our key sectors. Our ongoing job is to develop and agree a single database of key
businesses with our local partners, and to agree protocols around engagement and information
The work is in progress and we anticipate the list having around 175 Norfolk and 150 Suffolk
companies. Many of the companies are already on the radar of at least one partner, including
the LEP but it is clear some are not, and this is being addressed.
Many of the businesses are foreign owned, with DIT having a relationship with most of them.
This can either be a direct relationship with the local entity, or through a head office elsewhere
in the UK. DIT has a list of national key accounts (called the OneList) and we have been cross
referencing to identify every account relevant to Norfolk and Suffolk.
 Most businesses on the national OneList were known to us and we have pre-existing
relationships with the DIT account manager.
 We have reached out to the rest and now have contact with account managers for
larger businesses that are headquartered elsewhere.
 We have discovered some that were not obviously foreign-owned due to parent names
being different to the local operation.
 Sometimes there is an overseas link via the national embassy which is already proving
 We are investigating why some FDI businesses are not linked with DIT and lobbying for
their inclusion on the national OneList.
We are managing the list with all partners, and the protocols around managing the accounts.
We would expect every business is engaged with at least once per year, and to identify and
promote growth projects that would be captured by the overall performance data in terms of
leads, projects and jobs.
7. Systems
Trello is the online resource that the Invest Norfolk & Suffolk team uses to record, manage and
monitor enquiries and projects. Each member of the team is responsible for managing and
updating the Trello cards for their projects on a regular basis. The team currently operates two
Trello boards:
Inward investment enquiries - the main board for day to day work, individual leads,
enquiries and projects.
Events/Visits/Missions - for the planning of single event activities such as conferences,
business visits or trade missions.
Trello allows the team to share, manage and report on all activity in an effective and efficient
The New Anglia CRM is used to record direct business support and the team also make regular
use of FAME (structural and financial UK company data) and Beauhurst (searchable database
of UK high-growth companies).
8. Contribution to the NSES/ LIS/Recovery Plan
The activities within the Delivery Plan will play a key role in the delivery of the appropriate
1. International Trade - The is central to our work. Branding and marketing our area and to
national and global audiences. Proactively promoting our offer to attract global investment
and boost exports across the sector.
2. Lobbying and Regulation - strengthening links with Government, especially DIT and BEIS
and other bodies to attract support and investment.
3. Supply chain development - working with our sectors (especially our three Industry
Councils) to identify gaps in the supply chain which can lead to investment opportunities.
Working with our colleagues in the Sectors and Skills teams to identify these opportunities
and the interventions required to enhance our offer.
4. Innovation support - Our broad and substantive base of innovative businesses and
research institutions that provide some of our strongest investment assets. We will work
with the Innovation team to continue to identify and work with significant areas or clusters of
innovation, and R&D capacity. Businesses improve their performance and enabling them to
enter new markets, develop new products, enhance processes, and improve productivity.
5. Skills development & labour supply - a critical issue for many investors - existing and
potential. Knowledge of the prevailing skills base, especially in terms of higher level
technical and professional areas is important. As is being able to influence training
providers over the scope, quality, and scale of existing provision to cater for changing
business needs.
6. Infrastructure - attracting investment to enhance and build the infrastructure required to
support the growth of the industry and improve connectivity and business productivity. This
is another critical issue for current and potential investors.
The Delivery Plan has been put together by the Invest Norfolk & Suffolk team with input from
colleagues in the Strategy, Sectors, Skills and Communications teams, all of whom have a key
role to play in the delivery of this Plan. District Partners and the three Industry Councils have
also been consulted to ensure support and successful delivery of the plan.
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Agenda Item 7
Economic Recovery Restart Plan Progress Report
Author: Lisa Roberts
Presenter: Chris Starkie
This paper seeks the LEP Board’s endorsement to publish the Economic Recovery Restart
Plan Progress Report.
The Progress Report provides an update on the economic picture, as well as an overview of the
progress made against the interventions and actions set out in the Restart plan since it was
published at the end of June 2020. The document is also being used to determine future
actions to support the economy.
The board is asked to:
 Note the progress that has been made against the interventions in the Economic
Recovery Restart Plan and approve its publication
The Norfolk and Suffolk Economic Recovery Restart Plan was published at the end of June. It
is a tactical plan that builds on initiatives that were launched in the Response phase and sets
out the actions local partners are taking in the next 6 to 12 months to restart the Norfolk and
Suffolk economy.
It is a multi-partner, multi-level plan which complements local public sector recovery plans and
supports the government’s national recovery plan. It was developed with a wide range of
partners - over 700 individuals and 100 organisations - and an evidence base which provides
an analysis of the sectors which are the focal point of the Economic Recovery Plan.
The plan is agile and evolving and will adapt to the ever-changing landscape and uncertainty.
To do this effectively we need to regularly review the progress and impact that is being made
against the actions and interventions in the plan as well as identify and implement new actions
and interventions.
Economic Recovery Restart Plan Progress Report
Collaboration has always been a strength across Norfolk and Suffolk. All partners have stepped
up and helped to drive forward the actions in the Restart Plan and the enormous efforts are
reflected in the Economic Recovery Restart Plan Progress Report - which can be found at
Appendix 1.
Headlines from the report
Local authorities across Norfolk and Suffolk have provided direct cash support to more than
50% of the business base, awarding £399.33m of grants from the Government’s small business
grant fund to 34,449 businesses. This funding enabled thousands of businesses to keep trading
and led to fewer insolvencies and business closures than would otherwise have occurred.
In addition to this over 260 targeted grants have been awarded to businesses totalling £10.2m
through the multi-million-pound package of local funding including LEP grants, Norfolk Strategic
Fund and other ERDF grants with further funding made available through the recently launched
Suffolk Inclusive Growth fund.
A Job Support Programme has been launched which includes an employment opportunity
platform on the LEP website that is helping to plug short-term gaps in essential workforce.
There are more than 310 listings on the platform covering all our key sectors with over 11,000
visits to the platform since May.
Sectors have been affected in different ways and sector groups have been taking forward a
range of actions. A Recovery Plan for the Visitor Economy was published in July which brings
together a shared set of actions to help lead the sector through these difficult times and has
been endorsed by the Tourism Minister Nigel Huddleston.
The New Anglia Levy Transfer Scheme has provided timely support to bolster falling
apprenticeship numbers across many sectors. Within the social care sector it has been utilised
to upskill staff to be better prepared for COVID-19 in future months. 30 employees across three
care homes have taken advantage of the scheme and are completing apprenticeships including
the Level 3 Team leading/Supervisor, Level 2 and 3 Adult Care and Level 4 Leader in Adult
New Anglia LEP and the Growth Hub have worked with the wider partnership, including the
Health Protection Board and Local Resilience Forum structures in Norfolk and Suffolk, to
ensure businesses have easily digestible and accessible information on prevention and
outbreak control as this will shore up business resilience.
Lessons learned from local outbreaks are being shared with the business community to assist
their preparations. Furthermore, we are working closely with the business base to provide
support around business preparedness for the end of the EU transition period.
The Report has been drafted with input from the same organisations who helped to develop the
plan and who are key to delivering the actions. Partners have come forward with a raft of case
studies, more than we could include, which will be used to share best practice.
Progress Report structure
The Progress Report focuses on the progress that has been made in the last four months and
sits alongside the Restart Plan as a sister document.
It covers:
1. Introduction - setting out the purpose of the report
2. What we know so far - an update on the national and local context
3. Key Measures - A reminder of the key measures and commitments, collectively
partners have agreed to take.
4. Foundations of productivity - Sets out the progress made against the interventions
covering Business Environment, People, Ideas, Infrastructure and Places.
5. Sectors - Provides a snapshot of some of the progress made against the sector-
specific actions.
We continue to monitor and analyse the evidence that is available to help shape further
interventions and actions. Working with Norfolk Office of Data Analytics, the Suffolk Office of
Data Analytics and the Economic Recovery Group we have identified some core data sets that
we will use to monitor the impact, and which will help further develop the recovery plan. These
will form the bases of the quarterly economic dashboard that is provided to the Board.
Link to the Economic Strategy and Local Industrial Strategy
This Restart plan aligns with the foundations and sectors identified in the Local Industrial
Strategy and Economic Strategy with the addition of the Health and Social Care and VCSE
Next Steps
The progress report covers interventions and actions from the last four months and we will
continue to monitor, measure and adapt these programmes to ensure lessons are learned and
they are fit for the changing economic circumstances.
There is also more activity to support the economy as part of the Restart Plan which will be
coming on stream over the next few months including:
Plans to connect Norfolk and Suffolk’s innovation clusters by creating a branded, fused network
of centres which share capabilities and drive increased innovation activity across multiple
sectors and within a bigger spectrum of businesses in Norfolk and Suffolk.
Development of agri-food propositions building on recent research on value chain and
commercial opportunities linked to Norwich Research Park, Food Enterprise Zones and the
Department of international Trade’s High Potential Opportunities.
The All Energy Industry council is also developing a focused Energy Recovery Plan which is
due to be published soon.
Norfolk and Suffolk County Councils, district councils and the Chambers of Commerce are
bringing forward the Kick Start programme which will offer young people six month work
It is however clear that challenging times are ahead for the local and national economy.
Much more will need to be done to support sectors, businesses, educational institutes and
individuals to live with and mitigate the impacts of the pandemic at the same time other factors
such as the terms of the UK’s departure from the EU.
Over the coming weeks and months, the LEP will continue to work with partners to consider
both short term and long-term interventions taking account of the changing circumstances and
latest evidence.
The Economic Recovery Group, chaired by the LEP chief executive and with will undergo
number deep dives to examine the actions testing to see if they are delivering maximum
impact, identifying gaps and solutions.
This work will inform the development of the Rebuild plan which is scheduled for development
in the spring.
However, we remain agile to developing this sooner or later, depending on economic
The board is asked to:
 Note the progress that has been made against the interventions in the Economic
Recovery Restart Plan and approve its publication.
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Agenda Item 9 - Chief Executive’s Report
Author: Chris Starkie
This report provides an overview of LEP team activities since the October board.
It incorporates both Covid-19 specific activity and business as usual.
The report is split into five parts, reflecting the 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.
The board is asked to note the contents of the report
Peer to Peer Network Programme
Good progress is being made with the programme - with 57 SMEs out of our target of 253 now
signed up to take part. The rate of sign up means the project is on track.
The first three cohorts have now started, with positive feedback from the 33 SMEs taking part,
the majority of which are SMEs that we have not previously engaged with.
Work is on-going to promote the programme locally with partners, with BEIS also developing a
national marketing campaign.
Business Resilience and Recovery Scheme
Project approvals are continuing, with 97 projects agreed to date, providing grants valued at
As of the 9th November there were sixteen grant applications with a value of £622k in the
pipeline, being supported by the Growth Hub.
Getting Building Fund
Work has begun on the first of the schemes funded through our £32.1m Getting Building Fund
award - the redevelopment of the former Post Office at the Cornhill in Bury St. Edmunds. This
project is led by West Suffolk Council.
The scheme, which is receiving £2.7m from the LEP, is intended to enhance the environment
around St Andrews Street South and improve the route from the Arc Shopping Centre to the
historic town centre via Market Thoroughfare.
European Social Fund
The LEP has successfully secured £189,000 from the European Social Fund for the New Anglia
Digital Inclusion project. This will enable the LEP to purchase laptops, Chromebooks and pre-
loaded data allowances for at least 200 participants in ESF employability, training and
apprenticeship projects who are experiencing digital exclusion.
This was a really good outcome as only £1m has been awarded nationally in this call.
Ministerial Roundtable
A number of LEP private sector board members participated in a further round table with
colleagues from the Oxford Cambridge Arc with Nadhim Zahawi, a minister in the department of
Business, Energy and Industry Strategy. The roundtable focused on green recovery and enabled
LEP board members to highlight the potential of Norfolk and Suffolk to lead this work.
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1) LEP Programmes
Business Support
New Anglia Growth Hub
With England going into its second lockdown, the Growth Hub has seen a slight increase in
enquiries, after a slowdown during September and October.
A total of 3,314 businesses have contacted the Growth Hub since March this year.
Working with the LEP’s Comms team, the Growth Hub are actively promoting business support,
with weekly meetings with Norfolk and Suffolk economic development officers taking place to
coordinate support on the ground and enable us, with partners, to provide the best quality
support possible.
Peer to Peer Network Programme
The programme coordinators have now recruited sufficient SMEs to hold the first five cohorts,
with 57 SMEs out of our target of 253 now signed up to take part in the Programme.
The first three cohorts have now started, with positive feedback from the 33 SMEs taking part,
the majority of which are SMEs that we have not previously engaged with.
Work is on-going to promote the programme locally with partners, with BEIS also developing a
national marketing campaign.
As previously discussed at the board, the programme will target the LEP’s key sectors and will
also pay particular attention to the care sector.
Start-Up Programme
The number of people coming forward seeking support to start their own business is still
increasing, with NWES and Menta providing ongoing virtual based workshops and one-to-one
Since June, there has been a steady increase in the number of number of people enquiring about
start up support, and it is anticipated that this will continue to increase with the second Lockdown
and into the Christmas/New Year period, which traditionally sees an increase in requests for
start-up support.
Business Grants
Business Resilience and Recovery Scheme
The scheme continues to be a success, with 97 projects approved to date, providing grants
valued at £3.75m.
As of the 9th November there were sixteen grant applications with a value of £622k in the
pipeline, being supported by the Growth Hub. With regards to payments, to date, £1.58m worth
of grant funding has been paid out to SMEs.
Visitor Economy Grant Scheme (VEGs) and Wider Economy Grant Scheme (WEGs)
Both schemes continue to be extremely popular with 175 SMEs having completed, or in the
process of finalising an application form, supported by the Growth Hub team.
Of these, 74 grants have been approved, awarding grants totalling £196,733 (£99,112.06 to the
Visitor Economy and £97,620.94 to the Wider Economy).
At a meeting with the Ministry of Housing Communities and Local Government w/c 2nd November
we were praised for the speediness in which we have worked to support our SMEs and at the
same time continuing to deliver our existing grant programmes.
Small Grant Scheme
The number of applications coming through to the Small Grant Scheme has continued to pick up,
with the amount of funding unallocated now below £150k. At the current rate of approval, the
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scheme will be fully committed early in the new year. We are continuing to talk to MHCLG about
the potential of further funding to support the Small Grant Scheme, as well as the Growth Hub,
beyond the current end date of November 2021, with positive noises coming from MHCLG.
Growing Business Fund
Interest in the GBF has continued to develop, with a significant number of applications coming
forward, particularly from the manufacturing sector. As of the end of October we have approved
£1.089m worth of projects and have a further £1.70m of applications going through the due
diligence process, which we hope will come to the December Panel meetings, for approval.
Priority is being given to applicants that can demonstrate that their project is able to spend and
claim the required funds before the end of March 2021, to ensure that our 2020/21 funding is fully
allocated and spent.
With the Assisted Area Status ending at the end of December, we have had to remove the
potential for large businesses to access GBF funding, as well as remove the 10% uplift for small
and medium sized businesses. This also applies to the SGS and GTI schemes.
Eastern Agri-tech Initiative
Funds within this grant are almost committed, if all of the applications are approved during
November it will be closed in both CPCA and New Anglia areas, there is a message on the LEP
website to that effect: we are signposting applicants to alternative funds where they exist.
Cambridge and Peterborough Combined Authority has agreed to fund all applications in West
Norfolk and West Suffolk and one in Suffolk.
Growth Through Innovation
Since the 1st April, twenty-three projects have been approved, totalling £375k, which takes the
project well on its way towards the £483k target by the end of March 2021. The average grant
value approved to date has slightly reduced to just over £16k and we have two projects totalling
£50k in the pipeline, with anticipated approval during November/December.
LEP Innovative Projects Fund
Innovative Projects Fund 1 (2018 Call) - £500,000.
IPF1 Summary: Seven projects with a combined allocation of £539,531.
All projects are now in the delivery phase apart from the Ipswich Cornhill Project (year one) which
has been completed. Total Claim to date is £224,758.97. The total project spend to date is
£476,299.14. Public match funding of £138,704 and Private match funding of £112,836 has been
Innovative Projects Fund (2019 Call) - £1.5m
IPF2 Summary: 18 projects with a combined allocation of £1.522m.
Fourteen projects now have their Grant Offer Letters and have commenced. £51,383.65 has been
claimed so far in this financial year. Private match funding of £18,450 and public match funding of
£52,879 has been recorded.
Of the remaining four projects, two Offer Letters are pending with SCC and two projects are being
reviewed and re-profiled in view of current circumstances.
Growing Places Fund
A rising level of funding enquiries is being experienced in relation to the fund from a very diverse
range of projects including private sector loan enquiries, market town high street community
schemes, enterprise hub locations, venues and cultural/heritage attractions.
In addition a variety of project enquiries where available capital funding has diminished due to
revised funding priorities under Covid, increased voluntary sector needs through Covid and
increased capital costs of projects due to longer project management durations through Covid.
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This would suggest a strong demand going forward for the Growing Places Fund across a broad
range of developments.
In October the LEP received a further £0.5m repayment from the Winerack development bringing
the total repayment thus far to over £2m of the total £5m loan, all received during the pandemic.
LEP Growth Deal (Capital Growth Programme)
Construction work is now underway on the DigiTech Factory at City College Norwich following a
ground-breaking event held on 21st July 2020. The project is supported by approximately £6.1m
of the Local Growth Fund. The new facilities will bring together the college’s digital skills provision
into a single, purpose-built space, allowing the college to significantly increase the number of
students and apprentices studying digital courses. It will become home to a wide range of full and
part-time courses, including creative media, software development and programming,
networking, infrastructure development, electronics and automated manufacturing. Construction
is expected to be completed in April 2021, followed by a fit out and handover by Summer 2021.
More information on the Growth Deal can be found in the Programme Performance Report at
Agenda Item 10.
Getting Building Fund
Work is underway on the redevelopment of the former Post Office at the Cornhill in Bury St.
Edmunds, a project led by West Suffolk Council.
The project, which is receiving £2.7m from the Getting Building Fund, is intended to enhance the
environment around St Andrews Street South and improve the route from the Arc Shopping
Centre to the historic town centre via Market Thoroughfare.
This development will conserve the building's Post Office heritage by retaining the Victorian
facade while the rest of the building behind has been demolished.
The new building will include two retail units on the ground floor and 12 residential units above.
The retail units will incorporate new commercial frontage onto St Andrew’s Street South and
Market Thoroughfare, with the latter being widened to provide a more pleasant public space that
will encourage higher transition between The Arc Shopping Centre and the historical town centre,
and vice versa.
Enterprise Zones
Enterprise Zone Accelerator Fund
Norwich Research Park - Zone 4 Building - £2.5m
Construction work by RG Carter is ongoing with Stage 1 fit - out of the building remaining on
track to be delivered by February 2021. Stage 2 of the fit out is expected to be finished in May
2021. A second claim for £628,720 has been paid to South Norfolk Council bringing total spend
to date to £1.225m. The balance of the EZAF funding for the building is expected to be paid prior
to Christmas.
NRP Road Infrastructure and Roundabout Installation from Hethersett Lane (£1.5million)
A first claim of £450,932 has been paid towards the construction of the access road. Work on
the Hethersett Lane roundabout is expected to start early 2021 and is due to complete May 2021.
Inward Investment
New enquiries received - Confidential
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Updates and account management
The team has worked closely with Norfolk County Council, Gt Yarmouth Borough Council and Peel
Ports to submit a bid to the Government’s Port Infrastructure Fund. The project aims to expand the
total area within the port estate to 62 hectares. Integral to the bid is a proposal to host a large-scale
component manufacturer which has submitted a very strong letter of support.
An Irish offsite housebuilding company continues to engage with us to establish a new
manufacturing facility in Brandon, Suffolk. Access to grant support is going to important and we
have provided the company with a clear pathway.
Substantive discussions with five other key businesses offering support, information, connections
and guidance on a number of topics ranging from wind energy and nuclear supply chain to site
development, grants and land assembly.
Lanxess Aktiengesellschaft - German chemicals company, setting up a new warehouse and
expanding production in Sudbury, Suffolk, total investment c£2.062m, 12 jobs.
Weerts Group - Belgian logistics, property and motor-racing company. Weerts Group has chosen
Suffolk Park as the location for its first UK warehouse and has secured just over 42 acres from
developer Jaynic for its new logistics unit. It is the largest ever warehouse transaction to be
undertaken in Bury St Edmunds and the West Suffolk region bringing major new investment and
jobs to the region and was led by West Suffolk Council.
2) Strategy
Local Resilience Forums and Health Protection Boards
The LEP continues to regularly attend Health Protection Board and Local Resilience Forum
meetings in both Norfolk and Suffolk to provide input and support from a business perspective.
We have reinstated the Norfolk Business and Economy Cell which will look at economic
resilience linked to business outbreaks, business support, supply chain, skills, and EU Exit
At the request of Norfolk’s LRF, the LEP has sent a letter to Norfolk food processing businesses
employing more than 50 people and recruitment agencies across Norfolk and Suffolk. The letter
provides the latest public health messages and sharing best practice on the work carried out with
recruitment agencies and the poultry industry to date, as well as seeking key information that
public health colleagues require in the event of further outbreaks.
The LEP continues to circulate key prevention and outbreak control messages to businesses
across Norfolk and Suffolk, building on the work of the Health Protection Boards.
The LEP team has also been engaged with public health colleagues on the potential introduction
of mass testing for food processing factory workers.
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Brexit / end of transition period
See separate report - agenda item 8
Programme evaluation
This work has now been picked up again, having been on hold due to focusing resources on our
response to the pandemic. Tender assessments have now been carried out, with a view to
finalising the Procurement Framework for evaluation by the end of November and commissioning
the first evaluations for completion by the end of this financial year.
Skills and Employment
Skills Advisory Panel (SAPs)
The panel continues to meet in task and finish groups to progress their objectives. The ‘objective
champions’ and the facilitators have carried out reviews with Claire Cullens identifying lessons
learned and any barriers to delivery.
Both Chambers of Commerce members have stood down due to other work commitments. Nova
Fairbank will take over the Norfolk position and John Dugmore is reviewing the Suffolk vacancy.
Apprenticeship Levy Transfer
The apprenticeship levy transfer continues to support businesses to access funding to recruit
new staff and to upskill current employees to complete an apprenticeship. Despite the pandemic,
we have supported 110 transfers to date with a value of £760,906 across a range of sectors
including: health and social care, construction, early years, digital, general office support.
Currently 30 transfers in the pipeline. A cohort of 9 apprentices will start in February 2021
completing training through the UEA and Open University.
There is significant work being undertaken to promote the development of the Digital Academy in
Suffolk working with Tech East, Suffolk Council, BT Martlesham with BT and EDF supporting the
training through levy transfer.
Challenges continue in accessing levy from transferring employers, commitments are made, but
are slow to come to fruition within the timeframe needed by the training providers and employers
which can cause frustration. However new pledges are coming through, including a recent
connection with Kettle Foods who have pledged to support 2/3 apprenticeships.
EAN and Careers Hub
The Enterprise Adviser Network completed a series of CPD sessions for careers linked
Governors to highlight the statutory requirements of a school or college’s careers programme.
These sessions will continue in November and are linked to one of the objectives of the SAP
Equipping Young People for Success working group. The team are collating Virtual Work
experience opportunities in a database to share with schools as this will be a priority area in the
Spring and Summer terms.
Transport East
Transport East Forum took place on 3rd November, with the following highlights:
 Secured £425k funding for the remainder of 2020/21 from DfT for delivery of the
Transport Strategy technical work and engagement programme, and COVID-19 recovery
 Completed Decarbonisation Evidence Base and Strategic Recommendations
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 Scoped requirements for COVID-19 recovery work on better models for Active Travel and
Passenger Transport / Rural Connectivity with partners across the region and England, to
commence in November 2020.
 Consultants have been procured to deliver the Transport Strategy with public consultation
planned in Summer 2021.
An interim business plan statement will be published by the Forum on the Transport East
Ely Task Force
Taskforce updated by Network Rail on Ely Programme Review and timeline with initial feedback
on the first round of public consultation. The next round of consultation will be in Spring 2021 and
will be consulting on design and options around Ely South.
Great Eastern Main Line
The Strategic Outline Business Case was originally scheduled to be submitted this Autumn for a
decision to be made by DfT on whether the scheme could progress to development of an Outline
Business Case. However, the DfT has now asked for Gap Analysis work to be undertaken to
provide more clarity on key aspects of wider infrastructure and costs of the GEML scheme. This
Gap Analysis work will be funded by Network Rail and is expected to take around six months to
complete with Network Rail looking to progress the Strategic Outline Business Case to the next
stage in Autumn next year.
The LEP has responded positively to National Grid’s Offshore Coordination Project, exploring the
benefits of a more coordinated approach to connecting offshore electricity infrastructure. This
included a report on the holistic planning of the offshore transmission network and proposals for
changes to the offshore connections’ regime.
Greater South East Energy Hub
Continuing to develop the Decarbonisation Academy pilot proposal, working with the Energy
Systems Catapult, Greater South East Energy Hub and Coast to Capital LEP to develop a brief
for the New Anglia area, which will be shared with partners for feedback.
The Hub is developing a set of EV operating principles for the next joint officer meeting in
January, working with Local Authorities and EV businesses.
European Structural Investment Funds (ESIF)
National Reserve Calls - European Social Fund
The LEP has successfully secured £189,000 from the European Social Fund for the New Anglia
Digital Inclusion project, which will enable the LEP to purchase laptops, Chromebooks and pre-
loaded data allowances for at least 200 participants in ESF employability, training and
apprenticeship projects who are experiencing digital exclusion.
The scheme will cover a number of projects run by partners including Community Action Suffolk,
the Matthew Project and East Coast College.
This was a really good outcome as only £1m has been awarded nationally in this call.
The project will be completed by the end of 2020.
Projects are also in development to submit to the two European Social Fund Calls worth a total of
£3.5m in grants for projects in Norfolk and Suffolk under the ESF National Reserve.
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3) Industry Councils, sector groups and external partnerships
Sector Groups and Industry Councils
Visitor Economy
Work is progressing on the development of a Tourism Action Plan for Norfolk and Suffolk which
will include evidence base, mapping of tourism assets and identification of sector challenges and
needs. This work will underpin a Tourism Zone bid to Government in 2021. A workshop is
planned for Wednesday 9th December involving representatives from Visit East of England, LEP
and all local authorities and Destination Management Organisations.
All Energy Industry Council (AEIC)
The development of an energy sector recovery plan for Norfolk and Suffolk is on track and due to
be presented to the LEP Board in January. A Task & Finish Group of the AEIC, led by the LEP, is
developing this work with partners and importantly this will help set out a roadmap for future
interventions to support growth across the sector. Of particular importance will be future work
around realising the economic and employment opportunities from major projects such as
Sizewell C nuclear new-build, new offshore wind farm developments and the potential for energy
transition from gas to hydrogen at Bacton, as an example.
The LEP is also working closely with the All Energy Industry Council ahead of the government’s
North Sea Transition Deal. Two working groups have been set up and partners will meet with Oil
and Gas UK on 23 November to highlight the region’s key asks, which will also be promoted to
BEIS. Any asks not taken forward by the Sector Deal will be included in the Energy Sector
Recovery Plan.
Innovation Board
An Innovation Prospectus is currently being compiled which aims to profile all of the major hubs
for science, research and innovation across Norfolk and Suffolk, including innovation centres,
business incubators and university based enterprise centres across Norfolk and Suffolk. This
work is being led and supported by members of the LEP’s Innovation Board, including BT, UEA,
UoS, NRP, Hethel, Orbis etc as well as the Council for Digital Tech, involving innovation centres
such as the Stowmarket Innovation Labs. For the first time we will be able to comprehensively
profile not only the facilities on offer but our specific areas of expertise as well as the range of
technologies under development here.
The new EpiCentre Innovation Hub in Haverhill has officially opened its doors. The centre is run
by Oxford Innovation which operates 26 managed facilities around the UK. New Anglia LEP has
met with the manager and plans to include the centre in the Innovation Prospectus as well as
ensure that they are engaged with the new Connected Innovation Programme, due to be
launched in 2021, which will link up all of the innovation hubs across Norfolk and Suffolk.
Cambridge Norwich Tech Corridor
Chris Sargisson, CEO of the Norfolk Chamber of Commerce has been appointed as the new
chair of the Tech Corridor Delivery Board.
4) Communications and Engagement
Support with Covid-19 and EU Exit business messaging
The LEP’s communications team continues to support Public Health and local authority Covid-19
messaging, particularly supporting direct messages to businesses. We have supported a direct
campaign with Great Yarmouth Borough Council, sending download links to new resources for
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businesses forced to close and offering click and collect. Our business support script and website
pages are currently updated several times a week to reflect new regulations and grant
An EU Exit business support script has now been produced and is updated weekly, in line with
our new website pages, to provide useful information to businesses to help them prepare.
Highlighting our successes
Press releases, website articles and social media campaigns to highlight our work and case
studies continues.
A video profiling three recipients of the Business Resilience and Recovery Scheme grants has
now been produced and is online here:
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.
Our Mid-Year Review (MYR) with Government was held on 13th October and we have received
the notes from that discussion. No marking was generated from the MYR although 4 action
points were noted:
 LEP to continue to press LAs to put forward female reps for the Board
 Area lead to share with the LEP best practice on youth engagement (‘exceptional’ LEPs
have youth engagement panels in place)
 LEP to keep CLGU updated on progress on maximizing LGF spend in year
 LEP to update CLGU on plans to top-slice the Getting Building Fund
In response to action point 3, an additional appendix will be attached to the Growth Deal PPR
setting out the 2020/21 forecast rollover position for Board consideration.
We are due to attend Norfolk CC’s Scrutiny Committee on 18th November where the focus will be
on Norfolk’s economic recovery - joint work by the County Council and LEP to support
The next set of management accounts will be Quarter 3 (April 20 - Dec 20). These will be
published in the January 2021 board papers. Since the last board meeting there have been no
extraordinary or unexpected costs.
The board is asked to:
 Note the contents of the report
Communications activity
during October 2020
This dashboard sets out the outcomes and impact of communication during October
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
Oct 2019
Sept 2020
Oct 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
A post about our Business Resilience and
Recovery Scheme resulted in our top tweet
in October, earning almost 3,000
Top Tweet - Norfolk & Suffolk Unlimited
The top NSU tweet in October was the
announcement that Norfolk business
Glyconics had been awarded funding to
help address diabetes in developing
Media coverage - New Anglia LEP
The Angel’s Den winner from our virtual
RESTART Festival was featured in the print
editions and websites of the East Anglian
Daily Times and Ipswich Star. Moneyready,
a start-up company run by Ipswich
entrepreneur Helen Driver, took the first
prize of £10,000 and a fast-tracked place
on a business development initiative. The
story resulted in positive coverage for our
two-day online business support event,
which took place over 29-30 September.
Our new Peer Network programme offering
free Government-funded sessions to help
companies through the pandemic attracted
positive coverage via the East Anglian
Daily Times. Up to 250 eligible Norfolk and
Suffolk small and medium-sized enterprises
(SMEs) will be supported via the
programme, which will operate as 25
A Norfolk firm that devised a new toilet
and welfare unit which could tempt more
women to work offshore is among those to
receive support via our Business
Resilience and Recovery Scheme.
Pegasus Welfare Solutions (PWS) has
invented what it calls a welfare multi-unit,
which includes hot handwash stations,
eye wash, first aid and other welfare
provisions. This story was picked up by
the Lynn News.
In other coverage during October, Chris
Starkie was interviewed by BBC Radio
Suffolk about the Freeports being
proposed by the Government, and he was
quoted in the EDP following the
announcement that Norwich is to receive
£25m from the Government’s Towns
Fund. Our new chair C-J Green was
meanwhile interviewed for the Folk
Features website.
Media coverage - Norfolk & Suffolk Unlimited
The announcement that Malaysian cocoa
company Guan Chong Berhad (GCB) is
opening a manufacturing facility at the
former Philips Avent site in Suffolk resulted
in further coverage of our Norfolk & Suffolk
Unlimited brand. In a story published by
online site MarketScreener, LEP chair C-J
Green was quoted as saying: “The Norfolk
& Suffolk Unlimited brand was launched
with the objective of enticing businesses to
set up or expand their operations here. The
decision of the GCB Group to locate its
cocoa production facility here and take over
a vacant site is a win-win for the whole
Google Analytics - New Anglia LEP website
The LEP website saw healthy volumes of traffic throughout October, with 6,614 users and more
than 20,000 page views. This was lower than the previous month’s figures which were boosted by
the virtual, two-day RESTART Festival, but up on the same period last year. On average, visitors
spent 02:07 minutes on the site and the most popular pages were funding and Growing Business
Fund. Of those who used the site, 75.8% were new visitors and 24.2% returning visitors.
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November 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
Programme Dashboard; produced by Simon Papworth, all programmes covered.
Please note: Economic data - the refresh of the re-Start Plan includes key data showing the
impact of Covid-19 on our economy.
The board is asked to:
Note the report
Approve the Growth Deal Quarterly Dashboard
Growth Deal Performance Report
Q2 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 a number of projects at risk of late achivement.
Increased amount of delay across many projects, only partly 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:
•Delivery throughout Q1 & Q2 2020-21 has been
disrupted by COVID health restrictions.
Available LGF
& Claims
• £3.5M of Local Growth Funds now apportioned to
the Business Resilience & Recovery Scheme.
Financial Quarters
Qtrly Forecast
Qtrly Spend
Available LGF
What is our contribution to the Economic Strategy?
2 (Jul-Sept) 2020/21
Forecast to
Outputs - Cumulative from April 2015 to Quarter 2 2020/21
Actual to date
New Homes
New Jobs
New Learners
Match Funding (‘Non-LGF Expenditure’); forecast to March 2021 only.
Forecasts have been updated to include Homes, Jobs & Learners from projects anticipated out to 2025.
• Homes: 8 from Lark Grange, Bury Relief Road & 7 from Lynsport Access Road.
• Jobs: being met primarily through Growing Business Fund (16), plus 1 from UEA.
• Learners: 50 Apprentice Learners from the Voluntary Sector Challenge Fund. Significant increase anticipated during Q3 in relation to the new Academic Year.
• Match funding: progessing well.
What is the Project Delivery Status?
On track
Small Variation
Total Projects
• Project change: Business Resilience & Recovery Scheme has achieved significant level of approvals and contracted commiments. Red to Amber.
• Project change: Great Yarmouth Transport Pacakge resolved an issue with timely delivery through reapportionemt of funds; Amber to Green.
• Project change: A47/A1047 Longwater junction improvement achieved Practical Completion; Green to Blue.
• Project change: Norwich Area Transportation Strategegy A11 Corridor achieved Practical Completion; Green to Blue.
• Project change: East Coast College Energy Skills Centre achieved Practical Completion; Green to Blue.
• Project change: Ipswich Cornhill Refurbishment achieved Practical Completion; Green to Blue.
• Project change: Bacton-Walcott Coastal Management scheme achieved Practical Completion; Green to Blue.
• Project change: A140 Hempnall Roundabout achieved Practical Completion; Green to Blue.
• Project change: Monitoring & Evaluation of Beccles Southern Relief Road Commpleted; Blue to Black.
What are the Next Steps?
•Continue to monitor the impact of issues & risks, including 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 chosen for support through the "Getting Building Fund" to meet the ambitions of our Economic & Local Industrial Strategies .
Appendix 1 - Growth Deal Q2 2020-21 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: Snetterton Employment Area- Delivery delayed by 12 months, initially by a 30% cost with
UK Power Network, and secondly by an indemnity clause in the site lease agreement with
BWSC. Breckland DC acquired an alternative site and UKPN are refining plans for delivery,
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 granted Feb 20 for construction of tidal walls. Full funding for Tidal Barrier now
secured and project should assume an accelerated delivery.
Red: Enterprise Zone Accelerator Fund- Construction of NRP Zone 4 Building and
Roundabout making good progress, but Nar Ouse development yet to begin with 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 Digital & Technology Skills Hub- 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: Ipswich (Radial) Transport Package.
Green: Norwich Area Transportation Strategy - City Centre Package.
Green: Great Yarmouth Transport Package.
Green: Great Yarmouth Third River Crossing.
Green: Cefas Marine Science Hub.
Green: Great Yarmouth Flood Defences.
Green: Honingham Thorpe Food Enterprise Park.
Green: Eye Airfield Access Link Roads.
Green: Norfolk & Suffolk Innovation Network.
Green: UEA Productivity East.
Blue: Lynnsport Access Road (King's Lynn).
Blue: Bury St Edmunds Eastern Relief Road.
Blue: King's Lynn Innovation Centre.
Blue: A47/A1074 Longwater Junction, Norwich.
Blue: Norwich Area Transportation Strategy - A11 Corridor.
Blue: Ipswich Waterfront Innovation Centre.
Blue: International Aviation Academy Norwich
Blue: South Lowestoft Industrial Estate.
Blue: Ipswich Cornhill.
Blue: East Coast College Energy Skills & Engineering Centre.
Blue: Norwich Northern Distributor Road.
Blue: Bacton to Walcott Coastal Management Scheme.
Blue: A140 Hempnall Roundabout.
Black: Easton & Otley College Construction Training Centre.
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 and are now nearing ful committment.
Growing Business Fund
Bacton to Walcott Coastal Management Scheme
2. Lowestoft Flood Risk Management Project, a government priority specified in New Anglia's Growth Deal, has experienced significant delay and slow expenditure.
Growing Places Fund
Eye Airfield Access Link Road
3. Development of the strategically significant Ely Area (Rail) Capacity Enhancement Programme has proven extremely complex and has fallen well behind schedule, but an additional
West Suffolk College
Snape Maltings Flood Defence
committment of funding from DfT has reduced the risk associated with production of an Outline Business Case.
Norfolk Broadband Programme
Great Yarmouth Flood Defences
4. Snetterton Employment Area power upgrade project has been delayed more than a year by legal issues that prevented site access and an alternative has now been selected for delivery.
Suffolk Broadband Programme
A140 Hempnall Roundabout
5. University of Suffolk DigiTech Centre has been delayed 9 months due to Asbestos works, so completion for full occupation now unlikely before December 2021.
A47 Longwater Junction
Honingham Thorpe Food Enterprise Park
6. City College Norwich DigiTech Factory construction has slipped 3 months, as it took longer to agree value engineering aspects of the contract and then COVID delayed start of
Norwich Area Transportation Strategy (NATS) C
UoS DigiTech Centre
Norwich Area Transportation Strategy (NATS) A
CCN Digital Technology Factory
7. Delivery of the Suffolk New College Digital & Technology Skills Hub Tech Centre has slipped by 6-9 months, mainly due to land acquisition and planning, but also partly due to COVID.
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
East Coast College
Felbrigg Junction Improvemnet
Ipswich Cornill
Snetterton Employment Area
Norwich Northern Distributor Road
Great Yarmouth Rail Station Interchange
New Anglia LEP programme outputs dashboard - Q2 2020/21
Data as of Nov 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 (Q2, Jul-Sep 2020):
Delivery, this quarter (Q2, Jul-Sep 2020):
Delivery, this quarter (Q2, Jul-Sep 2020):
Delivery, year to date (2020-21 financial year):
Delivery, year to date (2020-21 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 Q2 of 2020 the Business Growth Programme made the most signifi-
This was another metric, where we saw considerable over achievement
cant contributions. Compared to previous trend data,, the figures for Q2
Delivery through last year was very successful, achieving an outcome of
through 2019/20, however, Q2 of 2020 saw a modest increase on Q1 de-
2020 were below the average, though this is unsurprising, given the pre-
198% above target.
vailing economic conditions.
However, sites appear to have reopened through July and we are confi-
In Q2 there were some encouraging signs, despite the overall impact of the
dent that demand for housing will bounce back, and the construction
We anticipate a recovery through Q3, though in light of recent further
first lockdown , it remains unclear what impact the second lockdown will
sector appears to have escaped restrictions under the second lockdown .
lockdown announcements, this metric could prove very challenging in
have on various projects and their ability to progress as quickly as initially
the year ahead.
anticipated. Any potential shortfall in this metric is likely to be directly
linked to the performance of the job created metric.
Target, this year (20-21 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 - Q2 2020/21
Data as of Nov 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 (Q2, Jul-Sep 2020):
Delivery, this quarter (Q2, Jul-Sep 2020):
Delivery, this quarter (Q2, Jul-Sep 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-):
% of Jobs paying above the Median wage:
Delivery, cumulative to date (2018-):
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
lating the uplift in enterprise required to achieve the aims and ambitions
The above figures show that while the overall volume of job creation re-
ambitious skills-related aims of the Economic Strategy and associated
of the Economic Strategy.
mains modest, the proportion of those jobs directly supported that are
paying above the median wage — remains on target.
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.
The figures for both part time posts and full time posts equally reflect the
not met projections in terms of through put.
33% ratio, since Q3 of 2019 the proportion of jobs paying above the medi-
Q2 of 2020 showed some encouraging signs, especially in light of the
While learner numbers for Q1 and Q2 2020 look low, its important to
an wage has steadily risen, and has been stable since the start of 2020/21.
impact of the first lockdown. This remains a very difficult metric to pre-
bear in mind this is one of the most cyclical metrics we track—and Q3
dict, especially in light of a second lockdown. There remains potential
* The baseline median salary figure for Norfolk and Suffolk using by Office for National
often delivers a substantial number of the overall total. In addition,
that impending redundancies could see a proportion of the workforce
Statistics is £26,500 p.a.
around 500 of the learners are anticipated to flow through the ‘Fit for
starting their own businesses.
Nuclear’ programme, which we will closely monitor, as it will have a sig-
nificant bearing on achieving the overall goal.
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 % o48target
New Anglia LEP Board Forward Plan - 2021
Forward Looking
Governance & Delivery
27th January
 Aims and Objectives for the Year
 Growth Programme, EAN, Enterprise Zones PPRs
 Agri-Food Industry Council Report
 NAC Report
 Energy Sector Recovery Plan
 Quarterly Management Accounts
24th February
 ICT Digital Industry Council Report
 Economic and Programme Dashboards
 Skills Plan
 Growth Deal PPR
31st March
 Local Transport Board Report
 LEP updated Local Assurance Framework 21/22
 Enterprise Zones 5 Year Strategic
 LEP Operating Budget 20/21
Plan (TBC)
 Enterprise Zones, EAN and Agri-Tech PPRs
No Board Meeting
26th May
 Innovation Board Report
 Capital Budget 21/22
 Quarterly Management Accounts
 Growth Programme and Growth Deal PPRs
23rd June
 Skills Advisory Panel Report
 Enterprise Zones, Eastern Agri-Tech & EAN PPRs
 Operating & HR Policies
21st July
 All Energy Industry Council Report
 Growth Programme PPR
 NAC Report
 Accounts Approval
 Q2 Management Accounts
No Board Meeting
 Agri-Food Industry Council Report
 Growth Deal, EAN & Enterprise Zones PPRs
 Economic and Programme Dashboards
New Anglia LEP AGM
20th October
 ICT Digital Industry Council Report
 Growth Programme & Agri-Tech PPRs
 Quarterly Management Accounts
24th November
 Local Transport Board Report
 Economic and Programme Dashboards
 Growth Deal PPR
No Board Meeting
Standing Items (where relevant)
 Brexit
 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