Coast to Capital LEP

Time is running out to apply for board positions with Coast to Capital

The application deadline for the Coast to Capital Vice Chair vacancy as well as the vacancy for a Board Director position is the 29th May 2019.

Coast to Capital LEP is committed to creating an inclusive organisation that promotes and values diversity. As such, they welcome applications from senior business figures from under-represented groups and encourage female business leaders to apply.

• Vice Chair – https://www.coast2capital.org.uk/storage/downloads/vice_chair_application_pack-1555496318.pdf

• Board Director – ttps://www.coast2capital.org.uk/storage/downloads/board_director_application_pack-1556626735.pdf

The deadline for applications is Wednesday 29 May. Candidates must live and/or work in the area; or have or have had experience of participating in a business or businesses based in the area. Candidates must also be able to offer the time and commitment necessary to make a success of these roles.

Coast to Capital LEP seek new Vice Chair

Coast to Capital LEP seek new Vice Chair

The deadline for applications is Wednesday 29 May. Candidates must live and/or work in the area; or have or have had experience of participating in a business or businesses based in the area. Candidates must also be able to offer the time and commitment necessary to make a success of these roles.

To download an application pack, click here.

Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) is supporting businesses to help navigate the UK’s exit from the European Union

Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) is supporting businesses to help navigate the UK’s exit from the European Union.

Given the uncertainty being experienced by businesses across the region the Coast to Capital Growth Hub is helping businesses by offering a range of resources including signposting to Government and LEP guidance, running events including business clinics and 1-2-1s, and plans for a helpline.

Government decisions and actions will make a significant difference to the impact that Brexit has on businesses and the Coast to Capital Board has identified a number of areas of concern for local businesses which were set out in an open letter to the Rt Hon Greg Clarke MP as Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. These include the EU workforce on which our area relies, widespread uncertainty about the UK's future relationship with international partners and a number of wider economic trends in the region, where the uncertainties of Brexit risk exacerbating separate issues.

Central Government are interested in hearing your views and we have been asked to share feedback on behalf of the businesses in the Coast to Capital area. We will be collecting responses in a number of ways but if you have any thoughts you would like to share please email contact@coast2capital.org.uk.

Tim Wates, Coast to Capital Chairman said:

“Coast to Capital remains vigilant and fully focused on supporting businesses to navigate Brexit. As a strategic and constructive partner we are keen to work closely with Government to address the concerns raised by businesses in the area. This is alongside our work to agree a Local Industrial

Local Businesses Receive Funding Boost

Local Businesses Receive Funding Boost

Coast to Capital recently approved four Growth Grant Applications from the 201819 Growth Grant Programme. In addition to the two applications approved in September 2018, the programme has now awarded growth grants to six businesses across the Coast to Capital area. The programme provides match funded grants to small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) and social enterprises in the Coast to Capital area. The funding comes from the Local Growth Fund and aligns with the new strategic economic plan, ‘Gatwick 360˚’.

We are delighted to announce that the following four businesses were awarded Growth Grants:

• Wildtrax Electronics in Littlehampton were awarded a grant of nearly £50,000 to support production productivity enhancements through the upgrading of their surface mount printed circuit board assembly equipment and Industry 4.0 ‘smart’ component feeders. • The Chichester Biltong Company were awarded a grant of £135,000 to purchase new packing machinery for their expansion project. • Roscomac Ltd in Worthing are approved for a grant of £170,000 to support factory modernisation by purchasing 5 new 5-axis CNC milling machines. • Gemini Print Southern Ltd in Shoreham-by-Sea were awarded a grant of £105,100 to purchase a new high-speed print folder that will increase outputs and efficiencies. The programme is not currently accepting applications, however, we encourage eligible businesses in the Coast to Capital area that want to discuss the potential for grant funding from April 2019 to get in touch with the Growth Hub. More details on the programme and eligibility documents can be found on our website.

Jonathan Sharrock, Coast to Capital Chief Executive said:

“We are thrilled to be able to further support our economic area by funding innovative and high growth projects. This programme compliments our already successful Growth Hub service and the new Coast to Capital Escalator Programme.”

Mark Bullen, Managing Director of Wildtrax Electronics said:

“We are incredibly excited about winning this grant as it will enable us to move towards our goal of being Industry 4.0 ready; with significant technological upgrades in machine automation and intelligence. Leading to a step-change in productivity enhancements throughout Wildtrax and GB Electronics group.”

Simon Smith, Managing Director of The Chichester Biltong Company said:

“The Coast to Capital experience has been surprising. The interest and effort shown to us by the late Amanda Geel and her colleagues goes above and beyond

what we ever expected. They tirelessly guided our efforts without hesitation to enable us to apply and successfully attain a £135k grant award. This award enables us to expand into our second factory and buy the much needed automated packing line that we otherwise could not achieve in the time frame required. Coast to Capital are true small business champions. I recommend this program wholeheartedly.”

Joseph Martello, Managing Director of Roscomac Ltd said:

“Roscomac manufactures a wide range of components and subassemblies using the latest CNC technology. This award is great news for Roscomac, its staff and customers, helping us stay at the forefront of machining technology.”

Steve Cropper, Managing Director of Gemini Print Southern Ltd said:

“It was a challenging process applying for the Growth Grant programme, but their input and guidance was invaluable, and such a thorough due diligence process by experts is a really positive thing for any company. The grant has allowed us to invest in leading-edge, world-class technology to achieve costeffective, high-quality results for our clients.”

Coast to Capital Escalator Pilot Programme Launches

The Escalator Pilot Programme is a dedicated support opportunity for scaleup businesses. The programme will consist of the following:

  • Membership for the cohorts will be by application form and panel approval

•      peer-to-peer learning through monthly meetings

•      delivered over 6 months with a focused session each month on a barrier to growth with a solution driven outcome

•      5 cohorts of 8 businesses

•      expert facilitation by MD Hub

•      50% match funded by Coast to Capital LEP (cost to business is £100 per month)

This model of peer-to-peer roundtables and a professionally delivered programme is widely recommended by the ScaleUp Institute and scaleup business community. 

Why should businesses join now?

A good reason for joining this programme now is to gain funded support, help with recognition of barriers to growth, have access to solution providers and be given a provision of solutions, experience controlled accelerated growth, and benefit from involvement in the wider business community. Businesses develop and grow by learning from other business leaders experiencing the same issues; there are currently a lot of economic uncertainties that concern UK businesses. This programme seeks to address a current gap in service provision and positively impact a group of non-engaged and economically significant businesses.

Who Are We Looking For?

The businesses who will want to attend this programme are those that have been running for a number of years and now want to accelerate their business growth, need support with their ambition to grow and want to positively impact the increase in the culture for business support. In addition, businesses that now want the opportunity to create a network of growth businesses and have access to a unique, likeminded business community in a confidential, enclosed environment. This is an intensive support programme that is not time demanding; however, there is a vigorous process by which scaleups are selected. Business who complete the cohort programme will have access to dedicated resources and specialist account management; this will become an important stream of referrals for future businesses for the cohort.

Ideally we are looking for enterprises with average annual growth in employees or turnover greater than 20 per cent per annum over a three year period, and with more than 10 employees at the beginning of the period.

However we know that there are scaleups out there that that do not quite fit that scaleup definition and so we will also consider those that have the greatest growth potential and have the leadership with the desire to achieve scaleup growth in the short term. These owners exhibit a “can do” attitude with a real appetite to learn. They will be enthusiastic for this type of support and ready to share success stories.

We will be looking for the following

•        Businesses with sales and growth potential

•        Business Leaders with the ambition to grow

•        Owners who demonstrate leadership skills

•        Businesses with scalability

•        Leaders who want to own future growth

 To get involved, contact: Lou Williams at lou.williams@c2cbusiness.org.uk.

Coast to Capital is Recruiting Senior Business Leaders to Help Deliver its Gatwick 360 Strategy

Coast to Capital is recruiting a new Board Director to bring further business sector skills and expertise onto its Board in order to help deliver its ambitious new strategy – Gatwick 360. It is also seeking to appoint members to its newly formed Skills 360 Board.

The Coast to Capital Board is comprised of a strong and passionate group of individuals bringing together regional business leaders alongside senior politicians and leaders from Universities and Further Education. It is a powerful voice of challenge and advocacy for the region and brings together a wealth of experience and expertise. There is a vacancy for a Board Director to bring specific finance skills and commercial expertise into the organisation, promoting a strong business ethos and commercial culture on the Board.

The Skills 360˚ Board has been set up to provide strategic direction and deliver the ‘Create Skills for the Future’ priority actions included in Gatwick 360 to boost the productivity of our economy by giving people the skills they need to secure and maintain high quality jobs. Members of the Skills 360 Board will identify the major skills and recruitment challenges faced by the region and identify solutions, including investment to deliver high quality skills education and training. There are vacancies for seven business sector representatives

Coast to Capital is committed to creating an inclusive organisation that promotes and values diversity. Applications are welcome from senior business figures from under-represented groups and female business leaders are encouraged to apply. We are looking for senior candidates and these roles would appeal to experienced leaders who can help to maximise the region’s potential and offer an exciting opportunity to someone who is committed to creating an environment where business can flourish.

The posts are unremunerated and applicants are expected to live and/or work in the region.

Tim Wates, Coast to Capital Chairman said:

“This is a very exciting time to join the Coast to Capital Board and we are looking for business leaders who are passionate about helping lead the region forward. The Government has confirmed that LEPs will play an important role in delivering the new Industrial Strategy and in driving economic growth in their local areas. Our ambitious new Strategic Economic Plan – Gatwick 360 - prioritises the most important issues facing our region, including skills, and as such, it is vital that we are led by senior business figures with the skills and expertise we need to meet the challenges and opportunities the future will bring.”

To make an application for the Board Director vacancy please send, by Monday 26 November, a full CV with a covering statement setting out how you believe you could fulfil the requirements of the key role to Katie Nurcombe, Head of Communications & Corporate Affairs at katie.nurcombe@coast2capital.org.uk.

For further information about the Skills 360 Board and how to apply please visit the Coast to Capital website or contact Claire Witz at claire.witz@coast2capital.org.uk. The deadline for applications is Monday 26.

Coast to Capital Seek Skills 360˚ Board Members

Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership is recruiting Senior Business Leaders to become members of the newly formed Skills 360˚ Board.

The purpose of the Skills 360˚ Board is to provide direction and strategic support for the delivery of our ambitious Strategic Economic Plan, Gatwick 360˚, specifically the actions within Priority 4: Create Skills for the Future, where we seek to boost the productivity of our economy by giving people the skills they need to secure and maintain high quality jobs.

Being a member of the Skills 360˚ Board offers the opportunity to influence the way in which we create skills for the future in the Coast to Capital area. We are at a time of significant change in the UK as we move towards our exit of the European Union. This along with an ageing population and rapid advances in technology mean the skills debate is urgent and requires an innovative approach more so than ever before.

Your membership of the Skills 360˚ Board will involve you in policy and decision making at a regional level, helping to shape our negotiation of a Local Industrial Strategy with Government. You will support us to identify the major skills and recruitment challenges we currently face and to be a part of the solution. Your networks and influence will bring us the recognition and investment we need to deliver high quality skills education and training in the Coast to Capital area.

The Skills 360˚ Board will be made up of predominantly business sector representatives, the Chief Executive Officer of Coast to Capital and two representatives from the education sector.

We are therefore looking to recruit seven senior leaders, CEOs, Chairs, Directors or owner managers to represent the views and interests of private businesses, to support understanding of the skills needs of businesses and to identify where investment is needed.

We would particularly welcome applications from scaling businesses that are typically those exhibiting 20% year on year growth in either turnover or job creation. Coast to Capital is committed to creating an inclusive organisation that promotes and values diversity. Applications are welcome from senior business figures from under-represented groups and female business leaders are encouraged to apply. We are looking for senior candidates and these roles would appeal to experienced leaders who can help to maximise the region’s potential and offer an exciting opportunity to someone who is committed to creating an environment where business can flourish.

We are grateful for the support and expertise of Nick Juba, CEO of Greater Brighton Metropolitan College and Coast to Capital Board member, in establishing the Skills 360˚ Board.

Further information on how to apply to become a board member can be found on the Coast to Capital website.

Coast to Capital Funding call Promoting Research and Innovation now live

The latest ERDF call from the Coast to Capital LEP is now live: Promoting business investment in research and innovation.

- developing links and synergies between enterprises, research and development centres and the Higher Education sector, in particular promoting investment in product and service development, technology transfer, social innovation, ecoinnovation, public service applications, demand stimulation, networking, clusters and open innovation through smart specialisation

- supporting technological and applied research, pilot lines, early product validation actions, advance manufacturing capabilities and first production, in particular in key enabling technologies and diffusion of general purpose technologies

For more information or to apply, click here.

Coast to Capital LEP Area Announces Growth Grant Programme 2018-2019

The Coast to Capital LEP area Growth Grant Programme is a capital equipment (capex) grant.  The grant provides last resort investment to part-fund projects undertaken by innovative, high growth small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) and social enterprises in the Coast to Capital LEP area. Eligible projects will result in an increased turnover of at least 20% per annum and improved productivity in the company and wider economy.

Applications from all sectors are welcome, but the Programme would particularly like to see applications from companies in the following sectors (identified as key for the Coast to Capital region economy):

•              Advanced Engineering and Manufacturing

•              Environmental Technologies, Goods and Services

•              Creative, Digital and IT (CDIT)

•              Healthcare, Medical Technology and Life Sciences

•              Professional and Business Services

•              Food and Drink Manufacturer

The proposed new activity must be additional to existing business activity.

Businesses must be able to incur the total project costs in full by 31 March 2019. The grant may only be used for capital equipment items.

Please note: start-up businesses and those in the retail/wholesale sector are not eligible for this programme.

Eligibility Criteria

·         Grants of between £10,000 and £170,000 (subject to de minimis) can be available to businesses, on a match-funded basis

·         Equivalent to a maximum of 40% of the total project costs

·         Only capital expenditure items are grant eligible

·         Applicant businesses will need to provide at least 60% of the total project costs and confirm they have these funds available.

This is a grant of last resort. Applicants will be expected to evidence that they cannot source the gap in project funding from other sources.   

To be eligible businesses must:

-      Show how the grant will lead to improved productivity resulting in business growth of at least 20% per annum, over the next three years

-      Introducing an innovative product or exploiting new technology to access new markets

-      Be able to demonstrate that they have fully explored other sources of funding, without success

-      Show other investment alongside the grant. The grant can provide up to a maximum of 40% of the total project costs (to a maximum £170,000). Businesses will need to provide the remaining match-funding.

For example, for a total project costing £850,000, the grant could contribute £170,000 (20%) towards the project. The business would need to provide the remaining 80%. Other forms of investment could be; retained profits, loans, shareholders’ investment or equity finance.

-      Show how the proposed new activity is additional to existing business activity and  to the local economy

-      Social Enterprises must show they are adding social value and priority will be given those that can evidence some of the above criteria as well

-      Have premises in, or be planning to re-locate in the Coast to Capital LEP areas of:

o   Adur & Worthing Borough

o   Arun District

o   Brighton & Hove

o   Chichester District

o   Crawley District

o   Croydon

o   Epsom and Ewell Borough

o   Horsham District

o   Lewes District

o   Mid Sussex District

o   Mole Valley District

o   Reigate and Banstead Borough

o   Tandridge District Council  

For more information on the eligibility criteria, please read the Expression of Interest (EOI) Guidance Note which can be found on the C2C website.

To discuss potential projects, please contact the Growth Hub Team on 01403 333840 and speak to your local Account Manager.

Alternatively, you can email your enquiries to growth.hub@coast2capital.org.uk

Eligibility criteria and terms and conditions will apply.

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Coast to Capital £5.5m ERDF Innovation Call Launch - Monday 8th October - Horsham

Coast to Capital invite you to the launch of our £5.5m European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) Priority Axis 1: Innovation Call.

Please register yourself here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/coast-to-capital-october-2018-erdf-innovation-call-launch-tickets-49839902490

This two hour event is primarily an information session, but will also offer prospective applicants the opportunity to meet prospective project partners/match funders in the 30 minutes set aside for networking.

An agenda for the day will be circulated to all confirmed delegates closer to the event date.

Further information on the Call is available here

 

Coast to Capital LEP Launch Strategic Economic Plan

The Coast to Capital Local Economic Partnership has launched its plan for economic prosperity for the region.  

The vision by 2030 is for the towns and cities in the Coast to Capital area to be known around the world as fantastic places to live, to grow and succeed and for the area to become the most dynamic non-city region in England, centred around a highly successful Gatwick Airport.

To achieve that, there are eight economic priorities

Priority 1: Deliver prosperous urban centres

Priority 2: Develop business infrastructure and support

Priority 3: Invest in sustainable growth

Priority 4: Create skills for the future

Priority 5: Pioneer innovation in core strengths

Priority 6: Promote better transport and mobility

Priority 7: Improve digital network capability

Priority 8: Build a strong national and international identity

To download the strategy click here (pdf doc)