SELEP Accountability Board - Public Questions - 15.06.18

SELEP Accountability Board Meeting 15th June 2018

Sandwich Rail Infrastructure update to SELEP Accountability Board June 2018

Thames Estuary Production Corridor

Sandwich Rail Infrastructure Business Case

U9 - Terms of Reference

SELEP Accountability Board Agenda Pack 15.06.2018

Opportunity South Essex board meeting 6th June 2018

Amended Rochester Airport - phase 1 SELEP Business Case - June 2018.pdf

Appendix for Report 4 - Whistleblowing Policy 010218 OSE

Appendix for Report 4 - Register of Interests POLICY ONLY 010218 OSE

Appendix for Report 4 - Confidential reporting of complaints 010218 OSE

The Creative Economy in the South East Report - SECEN

South East Creative, Cultural and Digital Support programme (SECCADS) - Core Description

The Greater South East Energy Hub is hiring

The Greater South East Energy Hub is a new organisation operated by the Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority on behalf of ten Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) and the Greater London Authority (GLA).

The Energy Hub covers the East of England, the South East and the Oxford to Cambridge Growth Corridor including Milton Keynes, surrounding areas and Greater London. The Energy Hub is funded for the two years by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

A new model for energy

The Energy Hub has ambitious goals and is tasked with addressing the challenges and commercialising the opportunities related to energy generation, storage, distribution and supply (including heat networks), particularly in areas where demand and need are mismatched.

Our work will ensure that new housing developments, new transport links and local energy systems are not prohibited by current infrastructure barriers.

We’re hiring

The Combined Authority, on behalf of the Energy Hub, is seeking to create a dynamic, agile and commercially focussed team to deliver energy projects across a large part of England.

Regional Hub Manager

Data & Information Manager

Technical Support Coordinator

Gateway to Europe calls for urgent joined up thinking on Lower Thames Crossing

Port of DoverKey industry, local government, parliamentary and transport representatives have called for urgent joined-up thinking over road transport investment to secure the key cross-Channel gateway linking the UK largest trading partner, the European Union, with the Northern Powerhouse and Midlands Engine.

More investment needed for transport resilience

The Lower Thames Crossing is an essential long-term investment in better connecting economic activity across the UK with Europe. However, with the urgency of maintaining traffic and trade fluidity in the context of Brexit, it is vital that other complementary investments are made as soon as possible in order that they support the role of the Lower Thames Crossing, but also deliver early and enhanced resilience in the transport of goods via the Port of Dover and Eurotunnel.

The Lower Thames Crossing is cited within the Department for Transport’s recent Port Connectivity Study, which stated that while ports continue to invest to ensure their role in the supply chain is an efficient one, this must be combined with effective hinterland links in order for a port to maximise its potential.

Urgent road infrastructure required

It is in this context that the Port of Dover, the South East Local Enterprise Partnership (SELEP) and local authorities are calling for urgent consideration of A2 dualling for several miles between Lydden and Dover in order to ensure that the port can keep traffic flowing beyond the dock gate.

Richard Christian, Head of Policy and Communications at the Port of Dover said: “The Port of Dover and Eurotunnel together handle around a third of the UK’s trade in goods – some £210 billion by value. Half of our freight traffic is heading beyond London to support economic activity in the Midlands and North of England, and two thirds of Irish exporters use the UK land bridge to get goods to Europe via the Channel ports.

“Our cross-Channel corridor provides pan-European just-in-time supply chains with the efficiency and fluidity needed by British, Irish and European farmers, traders and manufacturers, as well as ordinary citizens.

“There is no substitutable capacity elsewhere that can handle the type and volume of goods that Dover does. For the sake of our national economy, it is vital that fluidity at Dover and throughout the supply chain is maintained. This means not only keeping border checks to a minimum and away from the physical border, but also by bringing forward targeted road investment to key trading gateways such as A2 dualling to Dover linked to the Lower Thames Crossing which we strongly support. Such investments can be further supported by having ‘trade’ hardwired into the assessment processes concerning public infrastructure investment decisions.”
Christian Brodie, Chairman of the SELEP, said: “Investing in infrastructure to connect the economically vital ports in our area, whether its Dover, Eurotunnel, Newhaven or Tilbury, is vital to ensure our businesses can still efficiently get their goods to market.

“No country would accept a single carriageway leading to its busiest port, which is the situation we have here in Kent. The dualling of the A2 at Lydden, long called for by Kent County Council and Dover District Council, is imperative in helping secure the growth everybody wants as the country prepares for Brexit.

“The case for a relatively small investment in dualling is a compelling one. It would improve the strategic road network and at the same time reinforce the resilience of Dover if it was necessary to hold lorries away from the port in the event of Operation Stack being implemented.”
Tim Jones, Lower Thames Crossing Project Director, said: “There is a vital relationship between the UK’s ports and the strategic road network. The Port of Dover is one of the country’s key gateways to the world but the current road connections between Kent and Essex act as a barrier between the south east and the rest of the country.

“The Lower Thames Crossing offers a once in a generation opportunity to improve connectivity across the region and we are working closely with the Port of Dover and other key partners as we develop our plans.”

Rochester Airport Phase 1 Updated Business Case

SELEP Terms of Reference 2018

Financial year ending 31st March 2017

New funding to support innovation and R&D

UKRI Strength in Places FundThe Strength in Places Fund (SIPF), led by UK Research and Innovation, is a new competitive funding scheme that takes a place-based approach to research and innovation funding, to support significant regional growth. Funding will be allocated in waves to fund collaborative bids from consortia of publicly-funded research organisations, businesses, and local leadership.

Objectives of the fund

The high level aims of the Strength in Places Fund are:

Who can apply

SIPF will be a competitive fund for collaborative bids between businesses and research organisations, with demonstration of strong engagement with local leadership partners. SIPF will welcome bids that are led by either research organisations or business.

Find out more

An overview of the programme can be found here

Introduction to UK Research and Innovation (UKRI)

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) is a recently formed body bringing together seven existing research councils, as well as Innovate UK and the Research and Knowledge Exchange functions of the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFC), into one unified body to direct research funding.

SELEP Skills Engagement Session 0518

Kent and Medway Economic Partnership, 21/05/2018

KMEP papers, 21052018

Maidstone Integrated Transport Package Phase 2

Creative Industries Local Coordinator - hiring now!

ERDFCreative Industries: Local Coordinator, South East Creative Cultural and Digital Support (South East Creative, Cultural and Digital Support programme, SECCADS) – 3 posts based in Essex, Kent and East Sussex.

Thurrock Council are seeking candidates with a demonstrable working knowledge of creative businesses and exceptional communication skills to help drive an ambitious new business development programme for the cultural sector.

You will have practical knowledge and be passionate about supporting creative businesses and freelancers to start-up and grow. Ideal candidates will have the skills to engage businesses and the knowledge to signposting them to the advice they need.

Open to job share arrangements if you are someone who wants the flexibility to still focus on your other commitments as well as supporting this innovative new venture. You will be an agile worker, immersing yourself in the area you support.

The South East Local Enterprise Partnership (SELEP) works to accelerate growth in the economy. This is part of a portfolio of initiatives to build a more self-sustaining creative and cultural infrastructure in the South East.

Find out more here.

Sector Support Funding Project Prioritisation

Sector Support Fund Application Guidance Notes

Sector Support Fund (SSF) Application Template (WORD)

Sector Support Fund

A131 Braintree to Sudbury Business Case

Accountability Board 15th June 2018 Forward Plan

Celebrating national numeracy day

The first National Numeracy Day (16 May) has been welcomed by the South East Local Enterprise Partnership (SELEP).

The date will become an annual celebration of the importance of numbers in everyday life bringing together individuals, employers, educators and influencers to improve numeracy.

Christian Brodie, Chairman of SELEP, said: “We want to help ensure that all in our area can benefit from jobs and growth and have the skills required for this.

However, with nearly half of the UK’s working age population having the numeracy of a primary school child, the impact on our economy and the daily lives of our communities is enormous. Everything must be done to tackle the issue as a national priority.”

Skills development

SELEP, which champions the economies of East Sussex, Essex, Kent, Medway, Southend and Thurrock, has placed skills development at the heart of its work. SELEP’s forthcoming skills strategy will be launched this summer and will tackle areas such as falling English and Maths participation d supporting efforts to reduce the 176,000 people in the area with no formal qualifications (7.5% of the population).

Numeracy skills support

The SELEP area has a range of European Social Fund (ESF) projects designed to support areas such as numeracy skills in the workplace.

The Numeracy Skills support in the workplace project delivered by Skills Training UK and partners offers numeracy skills support to nearly 2,000 employees aged 19 and above to raise their qualification by at least one level and to increase numbers with a level 2.

All participants undertake Functional Skills maths from entry levels up to Level 2, with a goal to increase the number of individuals achieving level 2 or as close to it as possible. Many also undertake vocational and/or career-enhancing activities as part of their regulated or non-regulated learning, depending on the provider and employer needs.

Individuals can also access other short courses to enable them to progress within the workplace.

Christian Brodie added: “By working with our partners we have. This project has already helped 1,450 people and the total number of learners supported on this contract will have exceeded 3,100 by the end of March 2019.

“However, it is vital that core skills are achieved in primary and secondary school, so that people can enter the employment work-ready, as poor numeracy skills cost the UK economy more than £20 billion per year.”

Case study – Watkins Group

The Watkins Group, a leading building services contractor in the south had two members of staff in its administration team who had excellent administrative skills, but lacked confidence when tackling tasks that required mathematical skills.

Both were enrolled onto the Functional Skills Maths Course (Skills Support for the Workforce (SSW), Supporting skills in the workforce, assessed at being below Level 1). At the end of their study both achieved not only their Level 1, but also their Level 2 Maths qualifications.

“This programme increased the confidence in the two employees and their ability to consider tackling mathematical based queries within their roles,” said a spokesperson for Watkins Group.

Further information about this and other programmes is available at http://www.southeastlep.com/images/uploads/resources/ESF_Overview_for_SELEP_Area_May_2017.pdf

Privacy Policy

Accountability Board 27th April 2018 Meeting Minutes Draft

SELEP-Skills Strategy (Internal draft not for circulation)

SELEP Skills Evidence Base district tables

Rural Working Group Terms of Reference 2018

EBB Minutes 120318

Item 5b - Clive Cooke Presentation

Item 5a David Stokes presentation

Item 4 - Philip Johnson presentation

Item 2 - previous minutes 12/03/2018

Team East Sussex Agenda, 30th April 2018

LEPs jump to challenge of Energy Trilemma

SELEP South2East Energy StrategyWith the UK facing the Energy Trilemma of secure, sustainable and affordable energy supply businesses, charities, 3rd sector organisations and communities from across the South East are invited to help three Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEP) develop a strategy and projects to make sure the region is well-placed to address the challenge.

The South East LEP is leading a tri-LEP collaboration - with Coast to Capital and Enterprise M3 LEPs – to create the South2East Energy Strategy and Action Plan.

Competitively priced energy for businesses and households

At its heart is the need to ensure there is competitively priced energy for businesses and households to support economic growth and that energy generation employs new technology and reduces carbon emissions.

Christian Brodie, Chairman, South East Local Enterprise Partnership, said: “The trilemma of achieving energy security, energy equity and environmental sustainability is a hugely complex issue and requires us to focus on how we generate and use energy for power, heat and transport.

The energy network involves public and private sectors, government departments and regulators. When combined with economic and social factors, national resources, environmental concerns, and individual behaviours, it’s clear that we needed to engage with energy experts in the business community.

Thanks to the insight of over 100 businesses, organisations and individuals we are now well placed to develop a strategy for the South East based on a detailed understanding of the opportunities and challenges facing the region.

It will consider energy and low carbon priorities, as well as tackling emissions and how best to fund our low carbon projects of the future.”

Workshops

To tap into the region’s collective energy expertise, the three LEPs hosted workshops in Horsham, Basingstoke and Westminster.

In the coming weeks and months rounds 2 and 3 of open workshops will be held across the three LEP areas to engage businesses, charities, 3rd sector organisations and communities to find the energy projects that will benefit the South East by using this strategy process to drive the funding required to secure an economic, sustainable future for the region.

Join our stakeholder engagement workshops designed to share information about the development of the Energy Strategy and capture your inputs as we consider the strategy development.

The workshop will include:

Please note:

Dates and venues

Tuesday 22nd May, 09:30 - 12:30

Arun House (Horsham Training Centre),
Hurst Road,
Horsham
RH12 2DN
Hosted by Coast to Capital LEP

>> Book here

Wednesday 23rd May, 09:30 - 12:30

The Square,
Basing View,
Basingstoke
RG21 4EB
Hosted by Enterprise M3 LEP

>> Book here

Thursday 24th May, 09:30h - 12:30h

Church House
Westminster,
Deans Yard,
Westminster,
London SW1P 3NZ
Hosted by South East LEP

>> Book here

We look forward to seeing you at one of the above workshops.

Team East Sussex Board Meeting, 30th April 2018

Funding granted for conversion of key building at Chatham Historic Dockyard

Fitted Rigging HouseThe South East Local Enterprise Partnership (SELEP) has approved an £800,000 loan towards an £8.4million project to convert of a Grade I listed building at Chatham Historic Dockyard, a project that will help retain 300 jobs in Medway.

The Growing Places Fund investment in the project will go towards the conversion of the Fitted Rigging House into 3,473m2 of office space for use by three growing businesses.

Two of those businesses are already located at the Historic Dockyard but need room to expand. Without the new space being created it is likely they would have moved out of the Medway area, taking 300 jobs with them.

The Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust will relocate its own offices to the refurbished building, freeing up space in its current home to enable the University of Kent’s Business School to expand and create a postgraduate study centre.

Geoff Miles, Kent Vice Chair of SELEP and Chair of the SELEP’s Accountability Board said “This project forms a critical element of Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust’s corporate plan based on a strategy of preservation through re-use that generates income to maintain the 80 acre heritage site. “The investment will help the wider Historic Dockyard Chatham become financially self-sustainable. This helps secure the site for 170,000 visitors per year.”

The remainder of the project cost is being funded through charitable trusts and foundations and other statutory bodies.

Geoff Miles added “The Fitted Rigging House is a great example of the type of project the Growing Places Fund is designed to support. It will help grow the Historic Dockyard’s contribution to Medway’s local visitor economy, which already stands at around £16m a year.”

Fitted Rigging House - Business Case

The Fitted Rigging House Project (FRH) will convert a large, Grade 1 former industrial building into office and public benefit spaces initially providing a base for 3 organisations employing over 350 people and freeing up space to create a postgraduate study facility elsewhere onsite for the University of Kent’s Business School.

SELEP Downloadable DocumentFitted Rigging House Business Case

About the Growing Places Fund

The Growing Places Fund (GPF) was established by the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government (formerly the Department for Communities and Local Government) and the Department for Transport (DfT) in 2011. The aim of this funding is to unlock economic growth, create jobs and ‘kick-start’ house building at stalled development sites.

Through the GPF Round 1 awards, a total of £48.705m GPF was awarded to 13 capital infrastructure projects across the LEP area.

Recycled loan scheme

GPF works as a recycled loan scheme regenerating funds based on the repayment schedules agreed for projects already financed.

Projects are identified by SELEP Federated Boards as meeting the GPF eligibility criteria aligning with the following five themes:

The Accountability Board - democratic decision making

All formal democratic decision-making is through the Accountability Board which approves all funding decisions and monitors and manages SELEP’s capital programme for greatest impact, informed by local area management information.

The joint committee structure of the Accountability Board roots decision-making firmly in the democratic process and enables it to be subject to democratic scrutiny.

The Board comprises of nine members, including six voting members from the SELEP upper tier authorities, along with a further three non – voting representatives from Further Education, Higher Education and the Business Community.

Summary of Decisions Accountability Board 27.04.2018

Dartford Town Centre Improvements

A127 Essential Bridge & Highway Maintenance Business Case - Phase 2

SELEP Accountability Board Meeting 27th April 2018

Business growth in the South East

Join us and Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce, Sevington, Ashford, TN24 0LH

Creating a compelling plan for economic growth in the South East is key to ensuring we secure the right investment and resources to chart a clear course for effective delivery that will benefit householders and Kent’s community of 69000+ VAT registered businesses.

We are inviting businesses to join with us to review current plans and share their experiences, observations and ambitions as we continue to develop a strategic plan for growth in the South East.

Join us on May 25th to:


REGISTER FOR YOU FREE PLACE HERE >>

When and where:

When: 25th May 2018, 10:30 – 12:30, followed by a buffet lunch

Where: Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce
Ashford Business Point,
Waterbrook Avenue,
Sevington,
Ashford,
Kent.
TN24 0LH

Agenda:


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Strategic Economic Plan

Our Strategic Economic Plan will be key to our negotiations with Government to attract the funding and investment we need to maximise economic, infrastructure and employment opportunity in the South East. We have been working with partners across the patch; businesses, local authorities, higher and further education, to gather inputs and ideas and to share progress as we plan for growth and impact.

Attracting nearly £600m in funding, the success of the 2014 SEP

The first Strategic Economic Plan (SEP) was published in March 2014. It made the case for a Local Growth Fund investment from Government of £1.2billion, £200m a year, from 2015 to 2021, matched by private and public funds for a programme of activity across East Sussex, Essex, Kent, Medway, Southend and Thurrock to transform business growth and infrastructure. We were successful in attracting a total of £591m to deliver 78,000 jobs, 29,000 homes and attract a further £960 million extra investment into the South East.

Accountability Board Minutes 24th June 2016

Accountability Board Minutes 10.06.16

OSE Board Agenda - 18 April 2018

27.04.18 SELEP Accountability Board Agenda Pack

Energy South2East

Opportunity South Essex board meeting

Dartford Town Centre Business Case

Second term of office for SELEP Chairman

Christian Brodie Chairman South East Local Enterprise PartnershipThe Chairman of the South East Local Enterprise Partnership Christian Brodie is to extend his term of office for a further two years.

The move was agreed by SELEP’s Strategic Board at its March meeting and will see Christian continue to lead the organisation that champions investment and economic development in East Sussex, Essex, Kent, Medway, Southend and Thurrock.

Securing investment

During his two years in post to date, SELEP has secured £102.65m from the Government which has funded 19 projects delivering new jobs, homes and infrastructure. He also successfully led the business-led organisation in lobbying government to commit to the Lower Thames Crossing.

Talking about the challenges facing the south east in the coming years, Christian said: “As the country prepares to leave the EU, everything possible must be done to support the business community and our economy.

“We need to ensure our ports and transport links continue to serve the rest of the UK and international markets. Efficiently investing in road connections to the ports, such as the A2, must be a national priority.

“Businesses tell us that recruiting and retaining high-calibre staff is a challenge and more must be done to help our colleagues in higher and further education to connect with business and vice versa.

“A priority for SELEP is to ensure our area continues to deliver for the UK. We are committed to working with local businesses and our partners to persuade Government to continue to invest in our infrastructure, skills and to stimulate economic growth.”

About Christian Brodie

Christian is Chair of the Student Loans Company and the Chair of the Council of the University of Sussex.

After reading law at Oxford, he took on legal roles in corporate finance in London and Wall Street. His firm was taken over by UBS, where his career progressed to Vice Chairman of the investment bank, reporting to the Chief Executive.

As well as holding directorships in a number of private companies, and serves on the Grants Committee of the Wates Foundation, a charity supporting projects principally in London and the South East.

SELEP vice chairs

The three vice chairs representing SELEP – Graham Peters, (East Sussex), George Kieffer (Essex) and Geoff Miles (Kent) – will continue their roles supporting Christian in promoting the SELEP area and working closely with and negotiating with the Government, private sector and other stakeholders to ensure the area benefits from any new initiatives and funding opportunities.

Get involved in the development of an energy strategy for the South East

Three LEPs (Local Enterprise partnerships) are working together to create an Energy Strategy for the South East. The South2East Energy Strategy is being created by the South East LEP, Coast to Capital and Enterprise M3 LEP.

The South2East Energy strategy will:

Local workshops

Join our stakeholder engagement workshops designed to share information about the development of the Energy Strategy and capture your inputs as we consider the strategy development.

The workshop will include:

Please note:

Dates and venues

Tuesday 22nd May, 09:30 - 12:30

Arun House (Horsham Training Centre),
Hurst Road,
Horsham
RH12 2DN
Hosted by Coast to Capital LEP

>> Book here

Wednesday 23rd May, 09:30 - 12:30

The Square,
Basing View,
Basingstoke
RG21 4EB
Hosted by Enterprise M3 LEP

>> Book here

Thursday 24th May, 09:30h - 12:30h

Church House
Westminster,
Deans Yard,
Westminster,
London SW1P 3NZ
Hosted by South East LEP

>> Book here

We look forward to seeing you at one of the above workshops.

Harlow College Project Business Case

Fitted Rigging House GPF Project Business Case

SELEP Strategic Board Minutes 16.03.18

SELEP Strategic Board Growth Hub presentation 16.03.18

SELEP Capital Programme Presentation 16.03.18

16032018 Strategic Board Draft Minutes

SELEP Strategic Economic Plan (2014)

Section1 Strategic Economic Plan 2014

16032018 Strategic Board Presentations

Accountability Board Summary of Decisions 16th March 2018

SELEP Accountability Board 16th March 2018 Meeting Minutes

SELEP Accountability Board Forward Plan 27th April 2018

Working Groups

Sector Support Fund (SSF) Application Template

Kent & Medway Economic Partnership Meeting, 26th March 2018

Government announces new medical schools in Kent and Essex

New Medical School Anglia Ruskin UniversityThe Government has announced funding for two new medical schools in the South East Local Enterprise Partnership area in a bid to ensure there are enough doctors and staff in places where it has been traditionally difficult to recruit NHS staff.

New schools will open in Canterbury and Chelmsford in September, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt announced as part of a nationwide initiative on March 20th.

In Canterbury the school will be a joint venture between the University of Kent and Canterbury Christ Church University, while the Chelmsford site will be at Anglia Ruskin University.

Retaining skills locally

“Setting up five new medical schools is part of the biggest ever expansion of our medical and nursing workforce; which will help us deal with the challenges of having around one million more over 75s in 10 years’ time,” said Mr Hunt.

“These schools are being set up in parts of the country where it can be hard to recruit and attract new doctors – but will benefit doctors everywhere as we start to eliminate the rota gaps that add so much pressure to their work.”

There is evidence that a large proportion of doctors stay in the regions where they trained, while places have also been preferentially allocated to schools which have a proven track record for producing in-demand medical specialities, such as psychiatrists and general practitioners, as well as those who have good feeder networks to help pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds get into medical training.

Attracting high quality students

Graham Razey, Skills Lead at SELEP and Principal & Chief Executive of EKC Group, said: “This announcement is tremendous news for all three universities, all of whom work closely with SELEP to help bridge the skills gaps that can be a challenge for growth in many sectors.

These two new medical schools will attract high quality students from the south east, the UK and abroad, with the likelihood that many will remain locally once they have graduated, applying the knowledge learned to support the health and welfare of our growing population.

The long-term benefits for the universities, students, the NHS and other health institutions, and the south east economy as a whole cannot be overstated.”

Wider impact for the area

Christian Brodie, Chairman of SELEP, said: “In addition to the long-term support for our hard-pressed NHS hospitals and institutions, this announcement will bring wider benefits for the medical and life sciences sector across the area.

“Companies in these important high-value sectors will be naturally drawn to areas with a growing pool of talent armed with the relevant and necessary skills to help drive research and development.

“The new medical schools in Canterbury and Chelmsford will make a significant contribution to the wider economy of the south east.”

New medical school at Canterbury:

The joint University of Kent and Canterbury Christ Church University School of Medicine will focus on community and primary care with early clinical placements within Community Education Provider Networks - covering GP surgeries, pharmacies, and local care centres - from year one.

It also aims to:

New medical school at Chelmsford:

The Essex School of Medicine at Anglia Ruskin University will be the first of the new schools in the UK to start taking students this year.

It is collaborating with five NHS hospitals, a large mental health trust and more than 60 GP surgeries to provide students with a range of clinical experience in urban and rural environments. Students will be taught by visiting clinicians from NHS Trusts and general practice as well as faculty staff.

It will be underpinned by the world-leading, clinically-focused research already being carried out within Anglia Ruskin’s Faculty of Medical Science. The university also aspires to offer a proportion of places to students from Essex and the wider East of England region.

Grow your business through innovation

Enterprise Europe NetworkInnovate UK in the East of England are holding an event anyone looking to grow their business through innovation and the programme has been designed to:

Innovators and entrepreneurs

Innovate UK‘Innovate UK in the East of England’ brings together innovators and entrepreneurs for informative and inspirational talks, expert guidance on funding opportunities and how to make the most of them and includes and great opportunity to network.

What’s more, it’s completely free! So if you’re looking to grow your business through innovation, join Innovate UK, Knowledge Transfer Network and BT on Thursday 20th April 2018, 9.30am - 4pm at BT Adastral Park near Ipswich. Make sure you secure your place early as BT is a secure site and last minute admittance is not allowed.

Details of the event

Where: BT Adastral Park, Barrack Square, Martlesham, Ipswich IP5 3RE

When: Thursday 20th April 2018, 9.30am - 4pm

Register: Click here to register

Find out more

New virtual journey through the Lower Thames Crossing

Highways England has given an early indication of what drivers can expect when the Lower Thames Crossing opens to traffic in 2027. New route maps, animations for the 3.5km tunnelled section under the River Thames and plans for junctions and link roads are all shown in a new fly-through video.

Lower thames crossing virtual drive video fly-through

Highways England also released detailed drawings revealing the vertical alignment for some sections of the 21km route. The material has been released ahead of a public consultation on the route later this year.

The video also illustrates how the 13 mile route, that will include the tunnel, will link drivers to the M25, the A2 and the A13, including the new junctions and link roads being built as part of the £4.4 – £6.2 billion project.

The animation shows the tunnelled section, the three junctions north of the River Thames and a map of the full alignment of the proposed route. It has been published to provide an early impression of what the road and tunnel could look like once completed in 2027.

Lower Thames Crossing project director Tim Jones said: “The video fly-through of the Lower Thames Crossing will give people a better understanding of how the proposed road and tunnel could look once built.

“We are continuing to develop the design based on feedback from stakeholders and local communities so that we put forward a route which maximises the positive opportunities the Lower Thames Crossing could bring, while minimising impacts on communities and the environment.”

The Lower Thames Crossing is expected to cost between £4bn and £6bn. The project would feature two twin-bored tunnels crossing under the river from Dartford in Kent to Gravesend in Essex.

North of the river, a new road would run from a new junction on the M25 between junctions 29 and 30, connecting to the tunnel via the A13. To the south, a new road would run from the tunnel to the A2 east of Gravesend.

The 17m diameter, 3.5km long tunnels will need 35 cross passages and 3250 pre-cast concrete rings between them. Each will hold three lanes instead of the two initially proposed, to future-proof the crossing.

Vertical alignment drawings

Lower Thames CrossingHighways England has also released drawings showing the vertical alignment of the route, which demonstrates where the route is above and below existing ground levels.

SOURCE: https://www.newcivilengineer.com/tech-excellence/video-highways-england-gives-glimpse-of-lower-thames-crossing/10029274.article

SELEP Strategic Board Meeting 16th March 2018

SELEP Accountability Board Meeting 16th March 2018

SELEP Gifts and Hospitality declarations summary form

SELEP Gift and Hospitality Declaration capture form

SELEP Strategic Board 160318 Item 6 Capital Programme Report FINAL

SELEP Strategic Board 160318 Item 3 SELEP 2017 Annual Conversation Note Final

SELEP Strategic Board 160318 Item 3 Governance Transparency FINAL

SELEP Strategic Board 160318 Item 3 CLoG Letter

SELEP Strategic Board 160318 Background Document 2 - SELEP letter of response in relation to A133

SELEP Strategic Board 160318 Background Document 1 - A133 Letter to Essex County Council

SELEP Strategic Board 160318 Appendix 3 GPF Repayment Schedule

SELEP Strategic Board 160318 Appendix 2 GPF Project Updates

SELEP Strategic Board 160318 Appendix 1 LGF Deliverability and Risk

SELEP Annual Conversation with Gov 071217

Accountability Board 16.03.2018 Agenda Item 5 Appendix 1 - ITE report

Strategic Board Agenda Pack 160318

Essex Business Board Meeting

Team East Sussex Board Meeting, 12th March 2018

£6m funding for Phase 2 of Southend Forum

The South East Local Enterprise Partnership (SELEP) has agreed a total of £6m of Local Growth Fund monies to develop Phase 2 of the successful Southend Forum project.

The Forum is the UK’s first public-academic library and includes teaching space for both South Essex College and the University of Essex which has enabled their expansion. It is also home to Focal Point Gallery.

The Forum Phase 2

£6m funding for Phase 2 of Southend ForumThe Forum project, phase 2, will deliver additional teaching space, cultural space and opportunities for businesses, students and academics to grow together, focussed on the key sector of digital, cultural and creative industries.

Geoff Miles, Chairman of the South East Local Enterprise Partnership’s Accountability Board, said:
“The second part of the Southend Central Area Action Plan was originally due to include the compulsory purchase and demolition of a derelict building on Victoria Avenue to free the land up for residential development, but that is now being achieved through private sector investment.

As a result, Southend Borough Council proposed reallocating the £6m Local Growth Fund financing earmarked for that scheme to Phase 2 of the Southend Forum Project, and this has been agreed by SELEP.”

This will see the development of 3,535m2 of teaching and learning space, a commercial restaurant, community gallery and exhibition space and commercial creative and digital enterprise space.

Geoff Miles added:
“Phase 2 of this project will create an inspiring and welcoming new building which will improve Southend town centre.

It will also boost the number and quality of students recruited to the College, help retain them in the borough after graduation, and create a new digital and creative workspace to attract a new business population to the heart of Southend.”

The Forum Phase 1

Southend Forum Phase 1It follows the first phase of the Forum project, which provides modern teaching, learning, research and study facilities for South Essex College and University, which enables closer co-working and co-operation between the two, and gives residents and students access to a range of books, archives and resources. 
 There is also a café/restaurant and a gallery, which hosts a programme of events 
including performances, film screenings and talks. 


The Forum provides a focal point for cultural and community-based activities and has attracted more than 1.75m visitors during its first three years. 


Link to business case

Growth Deal

Growth Deals are a £12 billion national long-term programme to revitalise local economies.

The Local Growth Fund is the Government’s funding pot of at least £2bn a year from 2015/16 to 2020/21. Most of the funding is allocated through a competitive process, and there are have been three rounds of Local Growth Funds so far. Projects funded will be delivered by 2021.

In total the SELEP Growth Deal with Government has brought almost £590.8m of investment to around 100 projects in East Sussex, Essex, Kent, Medway, Southend and Thurrock.

Over the lifetime of the deal (2015-2021) SELEP aims to deliver 78,000 jobs and 29,000 homes. It is set to attract a further £960 million investment into the South East over the next five years.

£1m to reduce congestion in Kent hotspots

HM Government Local Growth FundA series of measures to relieve traffic congestion at key hotspots in Kent is to receive £1m funding from the South East Local Enterprise Partnership (SELEP)

The Local Growth Fund monies will be used to improve junctions and upgrade traffic management systems.

Relieving congestion in key hotspots in Kent

The schemes to benefit are:

Geoff Miles, Chairman of the South East Local Enterprise Partnership’s Accountability Board, said:
“Keeping congestion to a minimum and traffic moving is key to encouraging investment and regeneration in an area.

Often smaller interventions such as these in Kent can make a significant difference, which is why SELEP has approved funding for what are seen as important projects.”

Link to business case

Economic development in the South East

The South East Local Enterprise Partnership (SELEP) is the business-led organisation that champions the economic growth of Kent, Essex, East Sussex, Medway, Southend and Thurrock.

One of 38 LEPs across the country, SELEP works with its local partners operating under a federated model to secure investment to help deliver new homes and infrastructure. It is responsible for determining the area’s strategic economic priorities while making investments and delivering activities to drive growth and create local job.

Growth Deal

Growth Deals are a £12 billion national long-term programme to revitalise local economies.

The Local Growth Fund is the Government’s funding pot of at least £2bn a year from 2015/16 to 2020/21. Most of the funding is allocated through a competitive process, and there are have been three rounds of Local Growth Funds so far. Projects funded will be delivered by 2021.

In total the SELEP Growth Deal with Government has brought almost £590.8m of investment to around 100 projects in East Sussex, Essex, Kent, Medway, Southend and Thurrock.

Over the lifetime of the deal (2015-2021) SELEP aims to deliver 78,000 jobs and 29,000 homes. It is set to attract a further £960 million investment into the South East over the next five years.

Key Harlow road upgrade wins SELEP funding

A £5m funding package to upgrade a key strategic road in Harlow has been approved by the South East Local Enterprise Partnership (SELEP).

Harlow is already one of Essex’s success stories with the Enterprise Zone moving forward rapidly and Public Health England relocating to the town. However it is also severely limited by the lack of road capacity and connectivity, restricting growth that is essential to provide the platform for regenerating the area.

Improving traffic flow and access to and from M11

Funding for Gilden Way upgrade HarlowThe Local Growth Fund money will be used to widen and upgrade just over a mile (1.8km) of Gilden Way, providing a key link to the proposed junction 7a of the M11 and giving access to the new housing development at Harlowbury.

Geoff Miles, Chairman of the South East Local Enterprise Partnership’s Accountability Board, said:
“Enterprise Zone status has proved hugely successful for Harlow, but to achieve its full potential there is an urgent need for a new junction from the M11 for traffic heading for the town.

The improvements to Gilden Way would act as enabling works for that new junction as well as providing the additional road capacity needed to support on-going developments around the town.”

The funding will be used to widen the existing two-lane road to three, allowing two lanes to be used by traffic heading into Harlow from the M11 and one lane for vehicles heading from the town to the motorway.

Existing footways will be widened and upgraded for use by pedestrians and cyclists, with new pedestrian and cycle crossings created.

Further funding from Essex County Council and developers

In addition to the SELEP funding for the improvements, Essex County Council is contributing £6.33m, with £1m coming from the developers of Harlowbury.

Cllr Kevin Bentley, Deputy Leader of Essex County Council and Cabinet Member for Economic Growth, said:
“Thanks to Local Growth Fund funding we will be able to transform Gilden Way in Harlow and provide a key link to the proposed Junction 7a of the M11.

This is a major project that Essex County Council has invested £6.33m into and the project will support economic and housing growth in the county and support local business growth.”

Link to Gilden Way business case

Economic development in the South East

The South East Local Enterprise Partnership (SELEP) is the business-led organisation that champions the economic growth of Kent, Essex, East Sussex, Medway, Southend and Thurrock.

One of 38 LEPs across the country, SELEP works with its local partners operating under a federated model to secure investment to help deliver new homes and infrastructure. It is responsible for determining the area’s strategic economic priorities while making investments and delivering activities to drive growth and create local job.

Growth Deal

Growth Deals are a £12 billion national long-term programme to revitalise local economies.

The Local Growth Fund is the Government’s funding pot of at least £2bn a year from 2015/16 to 2020/21. Most of the funding is allocated through a competitive process, and there are have been three rounds of Local Growth Funds so far. Projects funded will be delivered by 2021.

In total the SELEP Growth Deal with Government has brought almost £590.8m of investment to around 100 projects in East Sussex, Essex, Kent, Medway, Southend and Thurrock.

Over the lifetime of the deal (2015-2021) SELEP aims to deliver 78,000 jobs and 29,000 homes. It is set to attract a further £960 million investment into the South East over the next five years.

SELEP Accountability Board Agenda Pack 16th March 2018