Friday 26th October 2012, 3.00pm
Humber Bridge Board offices
Board members Observers
Private sector Marcus Walker, North Lincolnshire Council
Lord Haskins of Skidby (Chair) Alan Menzies, East Riding of Yorkshire
Malcolm Joslin, BP Council
Peter M Stephenson, Able UK Nigel Pearson, East Riding of Yorkshire
John Clugston, Clugston Group Council
Matt Jukes, ABP Mark Jones, Hull City Council
Alan Platt, John Good Shipping Darryl Stephenson, Hull City Council
David Kilburn, MKM Building Supplies Pauline Davis, Interim LEP Director
Howard O’Neill, Chamber of Commerce Marc Cole, North East Lincolnshire Council
Simon Driver, North Lincolnshire Council
Councillor Peter Wheatley, North East Peter Campey, BIS
Councillor Steven Bayes, Hull City Council Secretariat
Councillor Stephen Parnaby OBE, East Pauline Davis, Interim LEP Director
Riding of Yorkshire Council Richard Kendall, LEP Manager
Caroline Sansam (minutes)
University of Hull Katie Dolan, Intern
Professor Calie Pistorius
At the start of the meeting Lord Haskins confirmed that the LEP Actions
Board was meeting in shadow and Mark Jones was the sole director
of Humber LEP Ltd.
David Ross (Vice Chair).
Councillor Liz Redfern, North Lincolnshire Council.
2 Declarations of interest
3 The Board received a presentation from Patrick Bowes and Felix Kumi-
Ampofo of the Regional Economic Intelligence Unit. It was agreed that a
copy of the REIU presentation would be circulated to Board LEP
4 Minutes of the meeting on 21st September (enclosed) and matters
The minutes were agreed.
Malcolm Joslin said that work on marketing was ongoing and Richard
Kendall would be talking to BVG about the report at the RenewableUK
Conference in Glasgow.
5 Chairman’s business
Lord Haskins was concerned about the announcement of further job
losses in the region, including at Kimberley-Clark and Seven Seas.
The Government’s position on energy was still of concern. Lord Haskins
thought it was crucial that the LEP Board watched this issue very closely
in the future.
6 Quarterly Finance Update
Richard Kendall briefed the Board on report from the Accountable Body.
He confirmed that the Growing Places Investment Manager would be in
post by the 12th November. Lord Haskins enquired about the frequency of
financial reports going forward. Mark Jones confirmed that the Board
would receive quarterly updates. Richard Kendall added that additional
Government funding would be received by the LEP before the next
7 City Deals Update
Lord Haskins updated the Board on the progress to date. The
announcement by Government was expected on Monday 29th October
and the Expression of Interest (EOI) would need to be submitted in
January 2013. It would be important to show that the Humber was
competent to deal with a substantial devolution of power and funds from
central government. He confirmed that the Joint Strategy Unit (JSU) was
meeting frequently to work up a proposal which would be put before the
Unitary Leaders Group and the LEP Board in December 2012. The
Board noted the progress to date.
8 LEP Resources and Recruitment
Lord Haskins updated the Board on the progress on recruiting an
independent Chief Executive; he explained the need to appoint an
executive search company to support the recruitment of this position.
Pauline Davis explained the proposed assessment stages of the
recruitment process to the Board.
The Board agreed:
To the appointment of an executive search company
To the inclusion of an assessment day and a dinner with the
LEP Board as part of the recruitment progress
That a panel comprising of the LEP Chair, Interim LEP
Director, a private sector LEP Board member and a local
authority LEP Board Member would be identified before the
Alan Platt enquired about the new staff seconded to the LEP. Pauline Pauline
Davis agreed to provide a who’s who for the next Board meeting. Davis
Councillor Wheatley enquired about match funding from government.
Lord Haskins said that although the details were still not finalised he was
confident that the LEP would achieve the £125k cash match required for
this year. Councillor Wheatley requested more detailed financial
information to be provided from 2013. This was agreed by the Board.
9 Skills Commission
Richard Kendall updated the Board on the Skills Commission’s call for
evidence which had been circulated to a wide range of organisations
including the LEP Board and LEP sub-groups. The Commission would
also be meeting with individuals to take evidence from them and things
were progressing well. The ‘asks’ for the City Deal were being
constructed and would be discussed by the JSU, the final proposal would
be put before the Board in December.
10 Growing Places Fund
Richard Kendall reported on progress of Round 2 of the fund which had
been launched on Friday 12 October. He confirmed that marketing
support was now in place and a good number of enquiries had been
received. Applicants were being encouraged to take up one-to-one
meetings to ensure good quality applications. The Accountable Body was
continuing to work on due diligence issues but at the present time the
cost was higher than anticipated. David Kilburn confirmed that the quality
of applications in Round 2 was much improved from Round 1.
Marcus Walker tabled a report. He explained the need to get the fund
moving as quickly as possible and he suggested that the Investment
Board should consider applying a 0% interest rate to loans subject to
State Aid. In addition, he suggested a significant reduction in the due
diligence fees which he felt were a barrier at present. Mark Jones said
that the 0% interest rates were contrary to LEP Board policy established
at previous meetings for a revolving fund and that the Board had not
established a % rate for defaults so any proposals from the officer group
were contrary to what the Board had already agreed. In addition, he said
that there would be complicated State Aids issues to address, particularly
as the LEP was deploying RGF 2 money where the same companies
could be beneficiaries. He confirmed that due diligence would be
retendered by the Accountable Body which he hoped would lead to lower
fees and a simplified process. It was agreed that the Investment Board
would consider this and report back.
11 LEP Annual Review
Pauline Davis suggested that an annual review would be a good way of
recording and acknowledging what the LEP had achieved to date and
some of the key milestones that had been hit. She proposed that a mini
annual review document was produced for the next meeting. This was
agreed by the Board.
12 Lottery Funding Bid for NEETs
Richard Kendall reported on the progress of lottery funding for NEETS,
he explained that the LEP had been tasked with bringing the partners
together. As a result, a consortium was now in place and the Lottery was
pleased with the progress. He was confident that the Humber would
obtain the £5.2million it had been allocated. The Board noted the
13 RGF 3 Bid
Lord Haskins said that the LEP’s £30million bid had been successful,
which was excellent news. Richard Kendall said that due diligence and
legal agreements would be the next stage. A detailed update would be
provided at the next meeting.
14 SME Support
Howard O’Neill updated the Board on his continuing work on SME
support. He confirmed that the next stage was to begin work on a
marketing plan on short/medium and long term targets. He had received
some good feedback from companies in the region and he would now
produce a marketing plan outlining some short term hits. He confirmed he
would be forming a virtual team which would include the four agreed local
authority members in order to ensure there was no duplication of effort.
Carolyn Burgess from the Humber LEP Forum Advisory Board would
also be included on the team. Lord Haskins said a meeting with Bankers
was arranged for early in December and he wanted to discuss SME
Support with them.
15 Any other business
Lord Haskins said he had attended a Humber Port board meeting and
had discussed with them the idea of the private sector supporting a three-
year marketing plan for the Humber. Richard Kendall said that the LEP
had commissioned a report on export support and marketing which was
linked specifically to international trade. He confirmed that this would be
presented to the Board at the next meeting; he thought this would prove
to be helpful in taking this agenda forward. The Board agreed to
discuss this further at the next meeting.
16 Next meeting date: 3.00pm, Friday 23rd November, Humber Bridge