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Update for stakeholders following Board meeting held 30th September 2011

10 October 2011

Dr Ann Limb OBE DL Chair SEMLEP

This update follows on from those issued by SEMLEP in March and July this year. It appears in a different format to enable you to email it on to anyone you know may be interested in SEMLEP, so please feel free to circulate it as widely as you can – we need as many people as possible to know what SEMLEP is about and how we are now beginning to operate. Click here to open the minutes for the Board Meeting held on 30th September.

As you may be aware, I have just taken over as Chair of SEMLEP and intend to spend the next six months getting around the region visiting all the local authorities and as many businesses and business people as possible, so I look forward to meeting you. You can see I have already made a start on this and I am happy to respond to invitations as far as possible so do get in touch.

There is a lot of work to do and I am hugely looking forward to working with the SEMLEP Board and all our partners to take things forward.



Ratification of appointment of Chair

At the Board meeting on 30th September Founding Chair, Brian Hibbert CBE stood down and Dr. Ann Limb OBE DL formally took on the role of Chair of SEMLEP.


Board Communications

The Board agreed to continue the practice established by the Founding Chair of issuing an update on the key items arising from the Board meeting, made available for general release and circulation to and by all stakeholders.

The Board also agreed that the new Chair should prioritise development and execution of new communication plan with and around the appointment of the new full Board.


Development of Strategic, Business and Financial Plans

To work in conjunction with the Chair and Board to produce a Strategic Plan for SEMLEP covering the period April 2012 – March 2015; a Business Plan with detailed outcomes and financial underpinning for the financial year 2012 -13; and a short term detailed Action Plan of outcomes to be achieved by 31 March 2012.

Click here to download the full document


Feedback to unsuccessful Enterprise Zone bidders

The Board asked the Chair to ensure that Laura Church produced and circulated a short list of key points indicating why each of the unsuccessful bidders for EZ designation were not chosen by the evaluation panel.


Strategic Infrastructure issues

The Board agreed that across the SEMLEP region, both collectively and individually by local authority area, we needed to establish a definite and credible ‘list’ of strategic infrastructure projects and programmes; it was also agreed that the SEMLEP Board should develop an agreed set of criteria for evaluation and endorsement of projects put forward by authorities and Cllr Roy Davis who leads for the SEMLEP Board on strategic infrastructure issues would be involved in this with the Chair. It was also noted by the Board that the Development and Infrastructure Seminar held on the 21 September 2011 and organised by the Property Development, Investment and Infrastructure Delivery Group had been very successful and was an indication of the private sector support for this work. The Board agreed that it wanted to find an appropriate way to work with PDIIDG and asked the Chair to determine this.


SEMLEP Northampton Waterside Enterprise Zone


The Board agreed that AGL will sit on the SEMLEP Northampton Waterside EZ Strategic Board that will consist of;

  • 3 SEMLEP Board Directors
  • 2 Northampton Borough Council members
  • 2 Northampton County Council members
  • 1 member from WNDC
  • 1 member from the University of Northampton



The Board agreed that SEMLEP should have a strategic relationship with UKTI and asked the Chair to take this forward

Elected members agreed to consult with their elected member colleagues on the paper on UKTI prepared by the Economic Development Group and to recommend to the SEMLEP board an agreed way forward for the future.


Appointment of a Chief Executive, Admin support and establishment of a SEMLEP office at Cranfield

The Board authorized the Chair in conjunction with the Nominations Committee to appoint a Chief Executive and suitable admin support. The Board also authorized the Chair to set up an office in Cranfield as soon as is practicable. Cllr Mary Clarke registered an interest in this respect regarding St Modwen’s and Cranfield.


SEMLEP Business Planning

Like many of the LEPs, SEMLEP is in a ‘start up’ position and needs to develop a clearly defined and targeted short term and medium business plan. The Chair recommended and the Board agreed to following:

  • To draw up a short term (6 month) plan of actions achievable by 31 March 2012 which builds on the foundation already laid down in the start up phase
  • To develop, consult on and disseminate widely a medium term (3year) full scale, costed Business Plan covering the period 1 April 2012- 31 March 2015.

The Board agreed that it was a priority for SEMLEP to develop credible plans and members committed to participating in a business planning day to be held in the next 4-8 weeks.

The Board asked the Chair to draw up a brief to engage someone to assist with this process and members agreed to circulate this brief as widely as possible in order to secure a suitable person – to be determined by the Chair.


Strategic approach to working with other LEPs

The Board agreed it was critical to draw up a policy and a strategic approach for engagement with other LEPs and asked the Chair to produce a draft on this.


Review of organisational structure of SEMLEP’s current operational groups

The Board noted the work being undertaken by the wide range of operational stakeholder groups currently set up. The Board agreed that whilst it was critical to keep as many stakeholders as possible involved in and aware of SEMLEP’s work, it was timely to undertake a structural organizational review and asked the Chair to do this.


Activities undertaken by the new Chair in September and planned for October

September 2011

30 August 2011 from 10:00 to 12:00

Initial briefing from Rod Calvert Sally Farish and Brian Hibbert


8 September 2011 from 14:30 to 17:30

Follow up handover meeting with Brian Hibbert


9 September 2011 from 12:30 to 13:30

Interview with Milton Keynes Business Citizen


9 September 2011 from 13:30 to 14:30

Interview with Northampton Chronicle & Echo


12 September 2011 from 12:00 to 12:30

Interview with LSN Media


12 September 2011 from 12:30 to 14:30

Briefing with John Walker and Hilary Chipping Property Development and Infrastructure Group


15 September 2011 from 10:00 to 17:00

LEP Network Chairs inaugural meeting


19 September 2011 from 11:00 to 13:00

Meeting with Sally Farish and Rod Calvert


19 September 2011 from 14:00 to 16:00

Meeting with Richard Carr CEO Central Bedfordshire


20 September 2011 from 17:00 to 19:00

Meeting with Rowena Limb & Will Morlidge BIS


21 September 2011 from 10:00 to 11:00

Seminar with Property Development and Infrastructure Group


21 September 2011 from 12:30 to 14:00

Visit to Northamptonshire EZ and meeting with David Kennedy CEO Northampton Borough Council, Cllr David Palethorpe, Leader of Northampton Borough Council and Cllr Tim Hadland, Portfolio Holder for Regeneration and Enterprise.


21 September 2011 from 15:00 to 16:30

Meeting with Local Authorities’ CEOs


22 September 2011 from 16:30 to 17:30

Meeting with David Hill CEO Milton Keynes Council and Geoff Snelson


23 September 2011 from 11:00 to 14:00

Meeting with University of Bedfordshire staff Carsten Maple, Wesley Randle and Eamonn Keenan Putteridge Bridge


October 2011-10-03

3 October

meeting with Rita Spada Milton Keynes and North Bucks Chamber of Commerce


4 October

meeting with Roger Talbot Pictons and Rod Calvert


4 October

visit to Northampton Waterside Enterprise Zone


5 October 2011

SEMLEP Infrastructure Requirements discussion with MK Council and PDIIDG


5 October 2011

Liz Wade Central Bedfordshire Council


7 October

visit to Daventry District Council


11 October 2011

meeting with Will Pope


11 October 2011

Economic Development Forum discussion


13 October 2011

meeting with Northamptonshire LEP


13 October 2011

meeting with Prof. Carsten Maple


19 October 2011

Northamptonshire Business Summit


20 October 2011

Milton Keynes and North Bucks Chamber of Commerce Dinner


21 October 2011

meeting with HE providers Milton Keynes


24 October

Meeting with Nick Hicks


27 October

Midsummer Breakfast


27 October 2011

University of Bedfordshire Degree Ceremony


31 October

Visit to Kettering District Council Martin Hammond David Cook and Cllr Russell Roberts

A successful visit to the SEMLEP Northampton Waterside Enterprise Zone took place on 4 October and very useful meeting held with Rowena Limb and Will Morlidge from BIS

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