New Anglia Board Meeting Minutes Confirmed
26th October 2022
Kathy Atkinson (KA)
Valeo Snack Foods
Claire Cullens (CC)
Norfolk Community Foundation
Stuart Dark (SD)
King’s Lynn & West Suffolk Council
David Ellesmere (DE)
Ipswich Borough Council
Viv Gillespie (VG)
Suffolk New College
C-J Green (CJG)
Brave Goose
John Griffiths (JG)
West Suffolk Council
Matthew Hicks (MH)
Suffolk County Council
Dominic Keen (DK)
Pete Joyner (PJ)
Shorthose Russell
Helen Langton (HL)
University of Suffolk
Andrew Proctor (AP)
Norfolk County Council
Johnathan Reynolds (JR)
Sandy Ruddock (SR)
Scarlett & Mustard
Jeanette Wheeler (JW)
Corrienne Peasgood (CP)
Mark Goodall (MG)
Mike Todman (MT)
Carolyn Reid (CR)
Norfolk County Council
Rob Hancock (RH)
Suffolk County Council
James Allen (JA)
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: (26.10.22)
Welcome from the Chair
C-J Green (CJG) welcomed all board members to the meeting
Apologies were received from Pete Joyner.
Declarations of Interest
Chief Executives Report
Enterprise Zone Accelerator Fund: Nar Ouse Phase 2 update Confidential Cllr Stuart Dark
(SD) noted an interest in this item.
Actions/Minutes from the last Meeting
The minutes of the meeting held on 21st September were agreed as accurate.
Agri-Food Industry Council Report
Corrienne Peasgood, (CP), chair Agri-Food Industry Council (AFIC), provided the board with
an overview of recent work and noted the high level of participation from members.
CP advised that the AFIC has developed a new delivery plan which fully aligns with the
delivery of the Economic Strategy for Norfolk and Suffolk and all ongoing work supports this
CP reviewed the current strategic objectives and recent key deliveries including the launch of
the Broadland Food Innovation Centre, work to raise awareness of the food and drink cluster
and a marketing campaign to promote the Plant Science for Nutrition HPO.
CP advised that the Renaissance of the East Anglian Fisheries group (REAF) presented at
the most recent AFIC meeting and will have a closer relationship moving forward to ensure
better understanding of business support, skills and supply chain needs/intelligence across
the region’s fisheries, shellfish, and seafood sector.
Business intelligence continues to be submitted to Government and is a vital channel to
provide information on the ongoing challenges faced by the sector and the effect these issues
are having on those working in it.
James Allen (JA) noted the success of the Food Enterprise Park and highlighted the links with
the Connected Innovation programme to ensure that businesses can make the best of
innovation support. The LEP is exploring the potential for a ‘space tech meets agri-tech’ event
in January.
JA advised that intelligence has shown that over the past year inflation is agriculture has
reached an average of 34 % with fertiliser going up by 133% and animal feed also increasing
by 30-40%.
He also noted that 60% of farms do not have business plans preventing forward planning and
increasing risk.
JA confirmed that there have been 39 cases of Avian flu this month in Norfolk centred around
Attleborough impacting on business resilience, jobs, supply chains and the mental health of
those in the sector. The poultry group formed in the pandemic could be stood up to support
the companies and report back to Defra.
Viv Gillespie (VG) confirmed that the NFU have their own poultry group providing support and
noted that farmers are lobbying for vaccination.
Chris Starkie (CS) advised that the poultry group was cross county and would ensure it was
including the NFU. He noted that the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
was from the region.
Claire Cullens (CC) highlighted the ongoing labour shortages and asked whether more could
be done to support those wanting to get back into the industry.
CP advised that many companies, even larger ones, do not have a formal HR department
which was limiting recruitment and training.
The Board agreed:
To note the content of the report
All Energy Industry Council Report
Julian Munson (JM) advised that, since the last update to the Board in March 2022, the focus
has been on establishing the new ‘sector councils’ which will represent each part of the
energy sector with Chairs or Sub-Chairs taking a place on the All-Energy Industry Council.
This would result in an overall reduction in AEIC members but ensuring representation from
across the energy sector.
The AEIC will be relaunched early in 2023 with a new chair in place as Mark Goodall
completes his term.
JM noted the success of the Generate brand which has been used at major events to
promote the offer. The AEIC is in discussion with partners as to how this work can continue
in 2023/24.
The has been a focus on cross-sector innovation through a recent event supported by the
LEP’s Connected Innovation programme and delivered in partnership with Tech East and the
East Wind group. The ‘Off-Shore Wind meets Digital Tech’ event was held at OrbisEnergy
enabling businesses from across the two sectors to engage and explore potential
opportunities for collaboration.
JM confirmed that New Anglia LEP, Norfolk County Council and Suffolk County Council have
agreed to strengthen and formalise how they work together on sector-specific skills needs
across the region. This ‘Skills Hub’ partnership will help to utilise LEP and County Council
resources and capacity as effectively as possible in order to support the regional skills
agenda. The primary focus of the ‘Skills Hub’ partnership will be on workforce development
and in-work progression.
Mark Goodall (MG) highlighted the impact of increasing prices and noted that energy is facing
the same challenges as other sectors in skills and recruitment. He stressed the need to
ensure the industry was working closely with collages and training establishments.
Helen Langton (HL) noted the importance of forward planning to provide for long term skills
provision for the sector.
VG advised that it was still changing to get people into STEM even when the provision is
Johnathan Reynolds (JR) noted the ongoing issues around connectivity infrastructure and
advised there would be no further development after the current pipeline is completed unless
this is resolved.
JR advised that it is currently Wind Week with a major industry conference taking place on
Friday. The industry faces many challenges but there are also opportunities for the LEP to
play a key role in addressing them.
Matthew Hicks (MH) agreed with the connectivity issue and noted that, in spite of continued
pressure limited progress had been made and there was no long term planning,
MG noted it was his last meeting and CJG thanked him for his hard work during his term as
The Board agreed:
To note the content of the report
Create Growth Programme Report
JA advised that New Anglia LEP pulled together a consortium of partners Cambridgeshire
and Peterborough Combined Authority, Norfolk County Council, Suffolk County Council,
University of East Anglia, University of Suffolk, Norwich University of the Arts and Anglia
Ruskin University Peterborough to submit an Expression of Interest to the Create Growth
Programme. This was successful and a full bid was submitted in August which centres on
supporting growth in two key creative sub-sectors:
Film, TV, Radio and Photography (mainly focusing on Film & TV)
IT, Software and Computer Services (mainly focusing on Games)
JA confirmed that the bid was successful and each of the 6 successful local area partnerships
will receive £1.275m in grant funding for business support across the three financial years.
Creative businesses in the six successful areas will benefit from access to an additional £7m
fund which will be delivered by Innovate UK to provide finance support and deliver national
investor networking activities.
Business support is due to begin at the end of January 2023.
The Board agreed:
To note the content of the report
Chief Executive’s Report
CS thanked JA and the team for the successful bid noting the quality of the partners involved
in the consortium. He noted that this was indicative of the work of the LEP moving from
capital funding to sector and innovation funding and support.
CS highlighted the Clean Growth for Business event being held on 15th November and asked
board members to promote the event.
CS confirmed that a bid had been submitted, accompanied by a letter from George Freeman
MP, for funding for the space sector.
Resourcing - CS advised that the LEP is already providing staff to Freeport East and
additional support has been requested. The LEP has also been approached for help by local
authorities on other bespoke projects.
The Board agreed:
To note the content of the report
Quarterly Management Accounts Confidential
The Board agreed:
To note the content of the report
October Programme Performance Report
RW reviewed the programme reports and requested support from board members to promote
the SGS scheme.
The Board agreed:
To note the content of the report
Board Forward Plan
CJG reviewed the items on the agenda for the October meeting.
The Board agreed:
To note the content of the plan
Any Other Business