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Annual Delivery Report 2019/20

This page reports on our performance against SEMLEP's Annual Delivery Plan 2019/20. In this plan, we detail our activities and key performance indicators for the year, split into three core categories: Strategy, governance and delivery.

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SEMLEP’s annual delivery

This annual delivery review looks back at our achievements in the past year.

A key focal point for the year was the development and successful launch of our area’s Local Industrial Strategy in July 2019. Preparing for new investment opportunities, we held a bidding round to find new projects to provide high- value job opportunities, enhance our area’s business capabilities and support innovation, and further increase skills provision.

Our achievements include, attracting new business volunteers to join our Enterprise Adviser network, the launch of our programme for fast-growing businesses, Growth Curve, as well as launching new grant funding opportunities for rural businesses and community projects.

This coming year will bring many challenges. Alongside providing immediate assistance to help businesses work through crisis, we have turned our attention to developing our area’s economic recovery and resilience framework. This will shape our strategic response and investment priorities as we recover from the impact of COVID-19 lockdown and prepare for rebuild.

We have recently secured over £27million of new investment for the area and work begins to launch new business support initiatives in the Autumn 2020.

Our Milestones

Strategy

May 2019

Submitted the South East Midlands’ Local Industrial Strategy (LIS) to SEMLEP’s board

June 2019

Produced an accompanying LIS brochure

November 2019

Produced a short progress update on the implementation of SEMLEP’s Energy Strategy

December 2019

Commissioned and reported results from the SEMLEP Business Survey 2019

Governance

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February 2020 Reviewed and updated our equality and diversity statement

June 2019

Updated the Articles of Association and review all Terms of Reference for the Board and the committees

September 2019

Approved service level agreement with Luton Borough Council

September 2019*

Approved our Stakeholder Engagement Strategy

September 2019**

Commenced participation in the LEP Network Peer Review exercise

Programme Delivery

3442
Jobs created
through the Local Growth Fund

1726
Businesses
supported through Growth Hub

145
Schools currently
engaged through skills programme

Local Growth Fund

This is a £265million capital investment fund allocated to the South East Midlands LEP (SEMLEP) area from 2015 to 2021 for capital projects to support growth. 

KPI
Total to date (31 Mar 2020)
Provisional forecast to 2030
Jobs
3,442
21,016
Homes enabled
3,693
39,676
Learners
3,758
8,989

Local Growth Fund: 2019/2020

Jobs

(LGF, total in the year for 2019/20, target exceeded)

A bar chart showing the number of jobs created through the Local Growth Fund. 495 jobs were created, with a 2019/20 target of 289.

Homes Enabled

(LGF, total in the year for 2019/20)

A bar chart showing the number of homes enabled through the Local Growth Fund. 1,036 were enabled, with a 2019/20 target of 1,507.

Additional Learners

(LGF, total in the year for 2019/20, target exceeded)

A bar chart showing the number of additional learners through the Local Growth Fund. 1,668 new learners were enabled, with a 2019/20 target of 920.

Growth Hub Business Support: 2019/20

Number of Enquiries

A bar chart showing the number of enquiries received through the Growth Hub. 1726 were responded to, with a 2019/20 target of 1843.

No. of 1-to-1 meetings with clients

A bar chart showing the number of one to one meetings held with clients. 365 meetings were held, with a 2019/20 target of 247.

Number of Workshops held

A bar chart showing the number of Growth Hub workshops held in 2019/20. 37 workshops were held, with an original target of 20.

Skills: 2019/20

Proportion of schools with complete compass tool (total for 2019/20)

A bar chart showing the proportion of schools with completed compass tools. 98% of schools have completed compass, with a 2019/20 target of 80%.

Careers & Enterprise Company Schools/College membership (total for 2019/20)

Graph for Careers & Enterprise Company Schools/College membership (total for 2019/20)

Number of enterprise advisers (exceeded target)

A bar chart showing the number of Enterprise Advisers in SEMLEP. SEMLEP worked with 96 Enterprise Advisers, with 80 originally forecasted.

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September 2019 Put 12 LGF funding agreements in place

June 2019

Prepared the Skills Advisory Panel (SAP) for its first meeting, with regular meetings to follow throughout 2019/20

July 2019

Held the first SEMLEP Community Grants fund Grant Panel meeting

July 2019

Launched ‘High Growth’ business support offer for pre-scale and scale-up businesses

September 2019

Promoted all 2019 calls for ESIF funding, as per Government requirements

September 2019

Approved up to 16 new projects as a result of the 2018 bidding round and due diligence

September 2019

Worked with Arc partners and stakeholders to create a Digital Skills network for the Oxford-Cambridge Arc

February 2020

Worked with partners and government departments to maximise spend by March 2021 – seen through reports to Growth Fund Task Group

March 2020

Established the Growth Hub’s new partnership approach, with memorandum of understandings (MOUs) in place with key partners to aid the delivery of connected business support

2019/2020 Investment Highlights

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Dualling of A421 

Central Bedfordshire Council formally marked the start of its work to upgrade the remaining section of A421 into Milton Keynes.

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A421 duelling works

Food and drink innovation centre

Moulton College celebrated food and drink innovation at the new centre opening.

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Food and drink innovation centre

Enterprise Centre: East Northants

Enterprise Centre, East Northamptonshire’s steel work frame was completed with dignitaries.

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Enterprise Centre: East Northants

STEM Teaching Block Provision, Mark Rutherford school

Mark Rutherford School was awarded funding to build a STEM Centre of Excellence.

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STEM Teaching Block Provision, Mark Rutherford school

Career Hub Luton

The Careers Hub Luton was launched to help improve careers outcomes for young people in Luton.

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Student and teacher

Intertek European Electric Vehicle Propulsion Testing Centre of Excellence

Intertek UK Transportation Technologies invested in creating a new European Electric Vehicle Propulsion Testing Centre of Excellence.

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Intertek European Electric Vehicle Propulsion Testing Centre of Excellence

Northampton College Advanced Engineering Centre

The new state-of-the-art learning facility was officially opened. The facility will tackle a severe skills shortage and build a better future for the construction industry in the South East Midlands.

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Northampton College Advanced Engineering Centre

Battery Test Facility, Millbrook

Millbrook officially opened its Battery Test Facility, strengthening its position as one of the industry leaders providing independent battery testing to the automotive industry worldwide.

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Battery Test Facility, Millbrook

Smart Move Northamptonshire

The Smart Mover App was launched, allowing people in Northamptonshire to access real time information for public transport and plan a journey.

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The Smart Mover App on display board

i-Worx

i-Worx in Bedford Borough officially opened for business alongside the launch of high growth business support programme, Growth Curve.

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i-Worx

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