Norfolk and Suffolk Clean Growth Taskforce
Wednesday 6th July 2022
Agenda Item 6
Collaboration and Leadership: November Events
Author: Ellen Goodwin
This paper lays out thinking from the Collaboration and Leadership sub-group on how we
take forward a series of events focussed on promoting sustainable best practice to
businesses to deepen knowledge and awareness.
The Taskforce is asked to:
Approve the structure/framework presented
Delegate to the sub-group to develop further and firm up the programme as
As part of the UK Government’s Community Renewal Fund Road to Net Zero Business
Support Programme we have the opportunity to deliver a series of learning and awareness
events to businesses.
Key objectives of the events
The sub-group have agreed the following key objectives for the events:
Sharing of best practice and an understanding of what others are doing/thinking
Quick wins and long burn ideas in order to aid collaborative lateral thinking
Call to arms to lead and collaborate in the net zero/clean growth space
Develop innovative ideas for progression
They have also highlighted the importance of a modular programme designed to engage as
many different businesses, of all sizes, from as many different places across Norfolk and
Suffolk. That being said they also feel that one in-person event would be of benefit to really
garner the collaboration and leadership theme of the wider Taskforce.
Who is the audience?
Stakeholders will include businesses in the region including those engaged with the work of
the Chambers’, the universities’ business schools as part of the CRF programme, recipients
of CRF grant/consultancy support and Challenge Fund as case studies. We will also
engage with representatives from each of the 39 point source emitters as well as
representatives from each of our twelve key sectors and sub-committees. Local authority
leaders and those from the education and VCSE sectors will also be included. A full
stakeholder mapping exercise will support the development of the audience further.
Planning is currently looking at the week beginning 14 November with the in-person event
scheduled for 14,15 or 16 November at an accessible location or with the option of shuttle
bus/travel offsetting to align with the overall aims of the Programme/Taskforce’s objectives.
As part of event planning, we would explore the possibility of broadcasting to those who
could not be present in person.
We are required to engage 200 unique businesses as part of the programme of events. In
addition to this the sub-group feel it is critical to deliver some tangible outcomes with respect
to next steps and offer the ability to feedback on progress at a future date. This will ensure
accountability and drive collaborative energy across the economy.
We have a working budget of £10,000 for which we may employ the assistance of some
external events consultants in order to maximise reach and impact.
Online – Clean Growth for Business
The programme of online events will build on the Clean Growth for Business series which
was delivered last year.
Content will build on work conducted by the UEA and University of Suffolk as part of the
research element of the Road to Net Zero Business Support Programme. It will also build on
Chamber work that has taken place in this sphere.
It could involve webinars, podcasts and video content highlighting our local ‘offer’.
It is hoped that other partners will also engage in the delivery of this Programme although
the details of this are yet to be worked up.
In-person draft programme
1. Welcome (scale of the opportunity: our USP, what the future looks like and what
should be our focus to add value/deepen impact? ‘The time to act is now’)
2. Ministerial keynote
3. Keynote – Climate Change Commission
4. What we are doing – energy, agriculture, construction, transport businesses
5. CRF case studies including challenge fund
6. What we know – CRF research from universities and Chambers’
7. Sector sprint reflections/breakouts – how can we support business moving forward?
8. Innovation/tech showcase – the art of the possible – quick wins and long burns
9. The wider ‘greenification’ of our economy – labour market: skills, inward investment
10. The youth perspective
11. Closing remarks (collaboration/lateral thinking: reaching net zero as quickly as
possible – how do we get there? Next steps/ accountability/ review)
We would try and focus on the wider clean growth co-benefits as well as the key issues
facing businesses at the moment: fuel and energy costs, skills etc. to offer something
different – this will be informed by university research and Chamber feedback through CRF
as well as broader input from the Partnership.
Next steps
The sub-group will be kept up to date and be part of progress and a report brought back to
the October Taskforce.
The Taskforce is asked to:
Approve the structure/framework presented
Delegate to the sub-group to develop further and firm up the programme as