Agenda and minutes

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Items
No. Item

1.

Welcome and Apologies for Absence

Minutes:

The Chair welcomed everyone to the meeting and noted that apologies had been received from Mark Smith and Councillor Simon Blackburn.

 

2.

Declarations of Interest

Minutes:

No declarations of interest were made in relation to items on the agenda.

3.

Minutes of the meeting held on 1 and 26 September 2016 pdf icon PDF 66 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Resolved: That Minutes of the meeting held on the 1st and 26th September 2016 were confirmed as an accurate record and signed by the Chair.

4.

Matters Arising

Minutes:

There were no matters arising.

 

5.

Marketing and Enquiry Handling Protocol Report pdf icon PDF 582 KB

Minutes:

Kathryn Molloy, Head of Service LEP Coordination and Ruth Connor, Marketing Lancashire, presented the report circulated with the agenda which proposed a set of principles and objectives to manage and coordinate strategic marketing activity and enquiry handling arrangements across Lancashire's four Enterprise Zone (EZ) sites.

 

At the last two meetings, the Committee had looked at branding and had agreed the naming and logo for the Lancashire Advanced Manufacturing and Energy Cluster (LAMEC). It was reported that they were now ready to take the next steps and to focus on strategic marketing activity and the enquiry handling arrangements.

 

It was explained that the cluster has the potential to generate high value jobs and build on its position as one of the UK’s leading centres of excellence in advanced manufacturing.

 

The Committee were informed that the LEP will work with partners to establish and develop the LAMEC brand as part of the wider Lancashire offer to new investors and business occupiers. Further details on how the four EZ sites are developed, promoted and delivered are set out in the agenda papers.

 

It was noted that marketing activity was key and that there was a need to market the EZ sites in a collaborative way to ensure there was consistency across the four sites.

 

The Committee were referred to the flow chart (Appendix ‘A’) that set out the enquiry handling principles. It was noted that an investor first approach had been taken and that there would be a single agent across the four EZ sites to ensure strategic handling.

 

It was noted that all referrals will be shared with BOOST, Lancashire's Business Growth Hub to assess the wider business support needs of potential investor/business occupiers and that the exchange of data on the Evolutive System would be subject to an appropriate data sharing and use policy. It was highlighted that all enquiries would be regarded as commercially confidential.

 

Members were advised that the enquiry pipeline would be reported regularly to the individual EZ Project Boards and to each meeting of the Enterprise Zone Governance Committee (EZGC).

 

The Committee noted that agreed business rate relief protocols would be adopted for all four EZ sites and that consideration would be given to requesting an extension to the current business rate relief periods for Salmesbury and Warton.

 

Committee members were advised that in relation to Hillhouse and Blackpool Airport EZ sites, marketing plans were required to be submitted with the delivery plans by the 31 March 2017 deadline. However, it was confirmed that an extension to this deadline had been requested.  Members agreed that any dates previously identified to look at marketing could be brought forward. 

 

The Committee were informed that the signs for each EZ site should be in place in the next couple of months.

 

Resolved: That;

 

1.  The report and comments be noted.

 

2.  Marketing Lancashire to act as the central coordinating function for strategic marketing activity and enquiry handling arrangements be approved.

 

3.  The appointment of a shared Commercial Agent on a  ...  view the full minutes text for item 5.

6.

EZ Performance Monitoring

Minutes:

Martin Kelly,  Director of Economic Development, Development and Corporate Services, delivered a verbal update to the Board. It was noted that as previously discussed it was important to have consistent and high quality reporting and that the project boards will look to meet in a more structured way.  It was noted that they will work with local partners to agree and capture enquiries discussed at project boards and report back to the EZG Committee.

 

It was highlighted that it was vital that they replicate protocols as in Growth Deal Management Board and that the reporting fits in with partners reporting timetables to ensure the same figures are reported at the same time.

 

A report on Salmesbury Phase 2 delivery packagewill be brought to the next EZG Committee meeting which will then go to the LEP Board.

 

Resolved: That the following be reported at the next meeting of the Committee;

 

1.  The masterplan for Blackpool Airport and Hillhouse

 

2.  Salmesbury Phase 2 delivery package

 

3.  Blackpool Fylde and Wyre Economic Development Company confirmed membership

 

7.

Reporting to Lancashire Enterprise Partnership Board

Minutes:

Items to be referred to the LEP Board were discussed as part of item 6.

 

8.

Any Other Business

Minutes:

There was no other business.

 

9.

Date of Next Meeting

Wednesday 14 June at 10am, Cabinet Room B, County Hall, Preston

Minutes:

It was noted that the next scheduled meeting of the Enterprise Zone Governance Committee was 10:00am on the 14th June 2017 in Cabinet Room B, County Hall, Preston.