New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership
Board Meeting
Wednesday 27th March 2024
10.00am 11.30am
By MS Teams
Agenda
No. Item
1. Welcome from the Chair
2. Apologies
3. Declarations of Interest
4. Actions / Minutes from the last meeting
Strategic
5.
Growing Places Fund Loans update - Confidential
Update
6. One Farm Loan update - Confidential For Approval
Operational
7.
Chief Executive’s Reportincluding Confidential items.
For Approval
8. Any other Business Update
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New Anglia Board Meeting Minutes (Unconfirmed)
31st January 2024
Present:
Katy Davies (KD)
Shift Momentum
C-J Green (CJG)
Brave Goose
David Pomfret (DP)
College of West Anglia
Dominic Keen (DK)
Britbots
Kathy Atkinson (KA)
Valeo Snack Foods
Neil MacDonald (NM)
Ipswich Borough Council
Kay Mason Billig (KMB)
Norfolk County Council
Andrew Mellen (AM)
Mid Suffolk District Council
Pete Joyner (PJ)
Shorthose Russell
Peter Brady (PB)
Orbital Global and Virtturi
Carl Smith (CS)
Gt Yarmouth Borough Council
Matthew Hicks (MH)
Suffolk County Council
Attendees
Chris Starkie (CSt)
Norfolk County Council
Rob Hancock (RH)
Suffolk County Council
Chris Dashper (CD)
New Anglia LEP
Lisa Roberts (LR)
New Anglia LEP
Julian Munson (JM)
New Anglia LEP
Rosanne Wijnberg (RW)
New Anglia LEP
David Dukes (DD)
New Anglia LEP/NCC
Mike Todman (MT)
Cities and Local Growth Unit
Michael Pedder (MP)
Cities and Local Growth Unit
Melanie Richardson (MR)
New Anglia LEP
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Actions from the meeting: (25.10.23)
None
Welcome from the Chair
C-J Green (CJG) welcomed all board members to the meeting.
Apologies
Apologies were received from Sandy Ruddock, Helen Langton, Mike Stonard, Claire Cullens,
Johnathan Reynolds.
3. Declarations of Interest
None
Actions/Minutes from the last Meeting
The minutes of the meeting held on 25th October 2023 were agreed as accurate.
Norfolk and Suffolk LEP Integration Plans Update
Rob Hancock (RH) introduced the Norfolk and Suffolk LEP Integration Plans Update as it was
agreed at the September Board that he would return to present a further update to the Board.
Overall, the LEP is making good progress and is on track for 1st April integration.
RH presented sections 1 3 which provided a summary position, the Integration Plans and
LEP functions. RH noted that this was now an operational plan and a number of MOUs were
being put into place to agree respective responsibilities.
RH walked through each of the LEP’s key functions.
Chris Starkie (CSt) presented sections 4 which provided an update on the LEP staffing and
people transition, Business Boards and alternative options. CSt highlighted that Government’s
December guidance was more specific around loans and assets and that they should revert
to the Accountable Body. CSt also noted that in Norfolk a different approach was being taken
with regards to Enterprise Zone pooling in that individual agreements were being made with
each of the Norfolk district councils to alleviate any financial concerns.
Regarding staffing requirements CSt noted that work behind the scenes is ongoing and they
are keen to retain LEP staff and skills where affordable. Of the 55 LEP roles, 43 posts were
allocated to NCC/SCC structures. CSt advised that the LEP consultation has now concluded
and that Councils can now talk directly with staff. Meetings have been scheduled to do so.
CSt highlighted that both councils have engaged extensively with business on the
development of business boards. Suffolk Business Board recruitment is slightly ahead of the
Norfolk Business Board. Norfolk is starting work on its Economic Strategy now. A press
release signed off by all parties, letting stakeholders know of plans will be issued shortly.
Mike Todman (MT) advised that both plans had been received and assessed and will write
shortly to confirm that Government is satisfied and set out the funding to be received.
C-J Green (CJG) queried whether principles around the distribution of assets had been
agreed. CSt confirmed that individual meetings had been held with each of the Norfolk
districts and that there was verbal agreement in principle and that this would be followed up in
writing.
C-J Green asked for an update on New Anglia Capital (NAC). CSt responded that they are
taking financial and legal advice to ascertain what is the best legal construct. The ambition is
to see NAC continue although they are not yet at the stage to put funding in. There is a role to
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monitor the existing programme and continue to develop the Angel investing network. NCC
are happy to be the Accountable Body for this.
Andrew Mellen (AM) raised a point about the make up of different Business Boards. For NCC
it is clear that district councils will be represented on the Norfolk Board but there is not the
same assurance in Suffolk which is regrettable.
The Board agreed:
To note the content of the report
Business Growth Programme Completion (European Regional Development Fund)
Chris Dashper (CD) presented the report and highlighted the following:
That the Business Growth Programme is our most significant grant funding programme and
has supported the Growth Hub alongside creating opportunities and access for support.
The summative assessment gives a positive picture of the programme and shows that ours is
the most successful ERDF programme that has been in place.
We have a live database of over 14,000 businesses which indicates how much effort put into
the region’s businesses.
Overall, the ERDF funded elements of the business expenditure totalled £34m.
Peter Brady (PB) expressed his thanks to the programme as his business benefitted from the
Growth Hub when he moved into the region (with support, guidance R+D tax credit info). PB
noted that making businesses aware is really critical to success.
The Board agreed:
To note the content of the report
Chief Executive’s Report
Rosanne Wijnberg (RW) presented the report and highlighted section 2 in respect of Industry
Councils Norfolk and Suffolk County Councils will attend future Industry Council meetings
but it is noted that the format of these meetings has changed.
Julian Munson (JM) highlighted key points in respect of the Council for Digital tech. They are
continuing to discuss emerging technologies, in particular AI. A strong focus on investment
and funding. A bid has gone it to look at targeted support waiting to hear if successful.
Developing a gaming cluster, Games East. JM also advised of the launch of an Innovation
Action Plan.
Peter Brady (PB) added that seed funding capability was crucial and it is important that this
happens. PB has own business researching and developing AI and noted that AI will be
important to the economy and is a huge strength already in this region, e.g. Adastral Park and
own business. The Industry Council has a big role to play across the region so that
businesses are aware of the opportunity to adopt AI.
Regarding LEP transition and integration, RW advised that staff consultation commenced at
the end of November, with formal letters going out last week. There has been a lot of staff
communications as part of the consultation. Discussions have now moved to how things will
work in future. RW noted that not everyone has a role in the new structure.
RW highlighted that the LEP transition and integration section of the report outlines the next
steps from the LEP perspective, including assumptions and rough timelines. The team has
been working with Price Bailey on the proposals which are still to go to the Audit and Risk
Committee early February. RW noted that there will still be some need for the Board to review
and sign off our accounts and to obtain Board agreement to progress the Members’ Voluntary
Liquidation process. RW asked the Board for their continue support and that there may be a
requirement to respond at short notice.
The Board agreed:
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To note the content of the report
Quarterly Management Accounts - Confidential
The Board agreed:
To note the content of the report
Board Forward Plan
CJG advised that she was minded to cancel the February Board meeting but that the March
meeting would go ahead. CJG reminded Board members that there may be the need for short
notice sign off as the LEP progresses wind up.
10. Any Other Business
DP gave his thanks to CSt, RH and RW for successfully managing the transition process.
CSt gave his thanks to David Dukes on his last day before retirement.
LEP Directors only stayed for a confidential AOB item.
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New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership Board
Wednesday 27th March 2024
Agenda Item 7
Chief Executive’s Report
Summary
This report focuses on by exception reporting on key issues and information for the board’s
attention.
The report is grouped under five headings 1) LEP managed projects and programmes, 2) LEP
Industry councils and Sub-groups, 3) External Partnership Activity, 4) Governance and Finance,
and 5) LEP Transition and Integration.
1) LEP Managed Projects and Programmes
[CONFIDENTIAL ITEM]
2) LEP Industry Councils and Sub-groups
[CONFIDENTIAL ITEM]
3) External Partnership Activity
INDUS Project
The LEP is a partner in an Ofgem funded private sector Industrial Decarbonisation project led by
UKPN.
Competitive energy costs are critical to industrial competitiveness, particularly as we transition to
net zero. This transition will entail significant change and costs to our economy. Electricity
networks are fundamental to enabling and accelerating this transition in a cost-effective and
efficient way.
Historic approaches to energy system planning, investment and operation are changing because
many stakeholders recognise they often lack the tools and frameworks to take optimal advantage
of new technologies; as well as respond to the net zero imperative with the urgency required.
However, the industrial and business perspective has been particularly poorly represented in these
changes, especially that of companies outside the major petro-chemicals and steel sectors.
UKPN recognise this challenge and have sponsored Project INDUS to:
1. explore ways to amend their solutions, systems and frameworks to better facilitate the
net zero transition for dispersed industrial sites
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2. work collaboratively with partners to support development of at least one net zero
industrial park in East Anglia that will become a national exemplar of the way to apply
such solutions and ‘road test’ the new approaches developed
Project INDUS has two specific objectives:
1. Develop a set of solutions, frameworks and processes for UKPN and local authorities in
particular, that <