Agenda and minutes

Harlow Growth Board
Tuesday, 20th October, 2020 10.00 am

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Introductions and Apologies


Apologies for absence were received from Fiona Bodle, Councillor Tony Durcan, Robert Halfon MP and Leonie Tipton.


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It was noted that the action points detailed in the previous minutes had been resolved.


There were two minor errors in the previous minutes. Iain McNab’s name had been spelt incorrectly and Paul Wilkinson should have been listed as an Officer instead of a Board Member.


The minutes of the previous meeting, with the above mentioned changes, were agreed.


Overview of the Towns Investment Plan (TIP)


Timetable (to be submitted by 30 October 2020)


Jane Greer advised the Board that a second opportunity (2A) for submitting proposals had been announced with a pushed back deadline of 11 December 2020. Jane Greer confirmed that the TIP was still considered to be in a good place for submission by 30 October 2020.


Summary of draft TIP document


Prior to the meeting, the Board received draft Town Funds submission documents including TIP1, TIP design sample, TIP Stakeholder Engagement Plan, TIP2’s and several Theories of Change. Jane Greer confirmed that the submission had considered all the requirements laid out in the Towns Fund Guidance and incorporated all the feedback received from the Towns Fund Coordinator and the Check and Challenge session that had taken place.


The Group congratulated the team for their work on the submission. The Group also made suggestions on further improvements that could be made to support the success of the submission. These were to; include more quantitative outcomes to help to track progress towards achievements, to have a whole portfolio view which considered all big moving parts, include sentences on why the UK Innovation Corridor matters to the UKPLC, make reference to SELEP investments to show partnership working and include levelling up.


Jane Greer agreed to send the final version of the documents to the Group on 23 October 2020 for comments back by 26 October 2020.


RESOLVED that the Harlow TIP was agreed.



Kickstart Scheme - Job placements for 16 to 24 year old's on Universal Credit


Brian Keane confirmed that last week, following a request from Essex County Council to the Government, the Essex rating moved to the “high” tier two level. Brian Keane did however note that Essex Covid-19 cases were lower than some areas that remained at “medium” level. Brian Keane advised the Group that that the new restrictions on household mixing and employers continuing to encourage employees to work from home would make a difference to the infection rate. 


Steve Clark confirmed that Princess Alexandra Hospital had a small number of diagnosed Covid-19 patients. Steve Clark advised the Group that the hospital was better prepared in terms of changes to treatment and had better arrangements to take advantage of capacity at other hospitals.


Alison Fox advised that Kickstart was a scheme which offered funding to employers to create job placements for 16 to 24 year olds who were unemployed and receiving Universal Credit. Alison Fox noted that Harlow Council was acting as the intermediary between the Department for Work and Pensions, local businesses and Harlow College. Alison Fox invited local businesses and organisations to contact the Regeneration Team with any enquiries. 


Action: Local businesses interested in taking on Kickstart employees should contact Alison Fox.


Enterprise Zone update


James Gardner advised the Group that the Harlow Science Park was proposing to change its name to the Harlow Innovation Park.

James Gardner also advised that the Park had two potential tenants, both of which were in the process of agreeing Heads of Terms. Conversations were also taking place with two other investment companies on possible tenancies.


James Gardner advised that a decision on the SELEP Getting Building Fund would be made on 20 November 2020.


Agreed: Harlow Science Park to change its name to Harlow Innovation Park.


Public Health England update


Martin John confirmed to the Group that the case for final approval was still being pushed through the Treasury. Martin John advised that there were currently two phases of activity; the Government spending review and design program for the concept of the new institute. Julie Houston confirmed that work on Public Health England was still taking place. A sub group would be set up to consider the skills agenda.


Any Other Business


John Keddie advised that the next meeting would be on 15 January 2021. The Group agreed it would like to have a short catch up before this around the end of November or early December.