New Anglia Board Meeting Minutes (Confirmed)
22nd February 2023
Kathy Atkinson (KA)
Valeo Snack Foods
C-J Green (CJG)
Brave Goose
Pete Joyner (PJ)
Shorthose Russell
Helen Langton (HL)
University of Suffolk
Steve Oliver (SO)
David Pomfret (DP)
College of West Anglia
Andrew Proctor (AP)
Norfolk County Council
Johnathan Reynolds (JR)
Sandy Ruddock (SR)
Scarlett & Mustard
Mike Todman (MT)
Jan Feeney (JF)
Norfolk County Council
Rob Hancock (RH)
Suffolk County Council
Chris Dashper (CD)
New Anglia LEP
Julian Munson (JM)
New Anglia LEP
Chris Starkie (CS)
New Anglia LEP
Rosanne Wijnberg (RW)
New Anglia LEP
Helen Wilton (HW)
New Anglia LEP
Actions from the meeting: (22.2.23)
Welcome from the Chair
C-J Green (CJG) welcomed all board members to the meeting.
Apologies were received from Alan Water, Stuart Dark, David Ellesmere, Matthew Hicks, John
Griffiths, Dominic Keen, Claire Cullens and Jeanette Wheeler. CJG noted this meant the meeting was
not quorate.
Declarations of Interest
Actions/Minutes from the last Meeting
The minutes of the meeting held on 30th November were agreed as accurate.
LEP Strategic Priorities
Chris Starkie (CS) updated the board of the successful progress against the priorities
established for 2022 and presented the strategic priorities identified for 2023.
CS advised that the overarching strategic priority to develop a successful transition plan for
the LEP working with both county councils as the County Deals were implemented. He
highlighted the important role of private sector board members in this process and noted they
would be involved throughout the transition process which will need to ensure the assets of
the LEP are protected and utilised, as intended, to support the growth of the local economy.
CS reviewed the other ongoing priorities and provided detail of the work of the LEP in these
areas noting that the LEP would be focussing on delivering in these key areas:
1 Business support and innovation
2 Skills and the labour force
3 Support place
David Pomfret (DP) noted the importance of skills and highlighted the challenges in meeting
the skills requirements in emerging sectors. DP queried whether more could be done to
engage with businesses and provide innovative ways or tackling these issues and the LEP’s
USP in this area could be expended.
Helen Langton (HL) agreed with the overarching priority and expressed support for the aim of
delivering in a reduced scope in order to provide effective deliveries in key areas.
Johnathan Reynolds (JR) proposed incorporating Clean Growth in all LEP deliveries and also
agreed that the LEP should promote links between business and collages. He noted that
links will need to be made with other regions as the full supply chain requirements will not be
met by this region alone.
Pete Joyner (PJ) asked whether the LEP had the staff capacity to support ongoing work. CS
agreed there was capacity at the current time however the ongoing uncertainty meant that
there was always a risk of staff churn.
Andrew Proctor (AP) highlighted the challenges facing the care sector. CS confirmed that
one cohort from the peer to peer network was from this sector and it was important to work
with the Growth Hub to maintain support.
Kathy Atkinson (KA) suggested that this year the priorities many need to be reviewed more
regularly in the light of potential staff changes.
The Board agreed:
To note the content of the report
To note progress against 22/23 priorities and agree the proposed strategic priorities for
Skills Bootcamps Update
Chris Dashper (CD) provided the board with an overview of the work carried out by the LEP to
date on the bootcamps. The initial target of 240 learners joining a bootcamp has been met
and leaners are working with a range of providers in key sectors.
CD advised that the LEP is now working towards 280 learners and any additional learners will
complete their courses later than the original end date of the end of March. These “flex
learners” will be funded by the DFE.
£1.4m has been allocated for Wave 2 for targeted at 322 learners and this wave also provided
the opportunity to broaden sector coverage. 17 tenders have been received including health
and social care and engineering and EV skills.
CS confirmed that quality visits had been carried out and LEP staff had been involved in a
visit to an arboreal training course which had demonstrated the success of the course and the
opportunities which were provided to the learners.
HL noted success of the LEP’s bootcamps as similar leaning programmes had not had the
same results across the country.
The Board agreed:
To note the content of the report
County Deals
AP confirmed that the consultation for the deal had been started and would end on 20th March
and advised that some funding had already been received. AP advised that a separate
consultation was ongoing with businesses which was important given their role in the future
and that the process was still on track to be completed this year.
The Board agreed:
To note the content of the report
Norfolk & Suffolk Space Cluster
Julian Munson (JM) provided an overview of the success bid which resulted in an award of
£163k to establish a Norfolk & Suffolk space cluster. A manager has been appointed and
work is ongoing to produce a brand for the new cluster brand which will be launched on 10th
March at the Connected Innovation conference at Adastral Park.
JM confirmed that a further £16k has been awarded investigate establishing agri-living lab
which brings together resource from across clusters. A feasibility study will be carried out to
assess the potential of having a physical lab in the future.
Progress is also being made with conversations for a Space Enterprise Lab on Adastral
Park which would act as a regional base for national space organisations and a central
focus for space-related innovation in the region. New Anglia LEP is coordinating the
project in discussion with the Satellite Applications Catapult, BT, East Suffolk Council and
Suffolk County Council.
Work is also ongoing to establish a healthy space living lab using 5G and satellite
The Board agreed:
To note the content of the report
Chief Executive’s Report
CS advised that conversations are ongoing with districts regarding the use of the Shared
Prosperity Funds to provide ongoing business support at the end of the ERDF funding.
Small Grants Scheme - £4.7m has already been committed to business and CS requested an
overcommitment of £137k to the scheme to allow for the expected drop out of some
companies which will not be eligible for the fund. As the board meeting was not quorate CS
proposed that the Chair use her delegated authority to approve the overcommitment.
This was agreed by the board.
CJG updated the board on a recent visit to One Farm and JR highlighted the Connected
Innovation Conference on 10th March at Adastral Park.
CS noted funding has been secured in Suffolk to continue NAAME for 2 years and
discussions were underway to finalise the agreement for Norfolk.
The Board agreed:
To note the content of the report
To note that the Operating Budget will be presented to the LEP Board in May.
To approve the delegation to the Chair of the approval of an over-commitment of up to
£135k against the allocated budget of the Small Grant Scheme
The Chair agreed:
To approve the over-commitment of up to £135k against the allocated budget of the Small
Grant Scheme
Quarterly Management Accounts Confidential
The Board agreed:
To note the content of the management accounts
February Programme Performance Reports
CJG advised that these would be taken as read by the board.
There were no further questions.
The Board agreed:
To note the content of the report
Board Forward Plan
CJG reviewed the items on the agenda for the March meeting.
The Board agreed:
To note the content of the plan
Any Other Business