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1 Economic Development and Investment (Open for Growth) Peer Challenge Rob Cottrill Chief Executive Eastbourne Borough Council Rupert Clubb Director of Communities, Economy & Transport East Sussex County Council

2 Peer Challenge The East Sussex ‘Open for Growth’ Peer Challenge took place in March A peer challenge team comprising 12 Members, officers and business partners met with over 250 key stakeholders within the local economy. Pilot challenge – first ever two-tier Peer Challenge (District/Borough and County Councils)

3 Thank you “We would like to thank the partners and stakeholders in the local economy from the public, private and third sector that the peer team met during the process. Thank you for your time and contribution.”

4 Contents 1.Context 2.Main areas of focus and key findings 3.Next steps & how you can participate

5 Context Why did we participate in a Peer Challenge? –Impartial (Peer Challenge team comprised 12 independent Members, officers and business partners) –Open to learning –Checks and Balances –Economic Development is prioritised by all East Sussex Councils

6 Seven areas of Focus Ambition and Corporate and Political Leadership Strategic Planning and Partnership Working Economic Growth and Supporting Business Role of Planning in Economic Growth Housing and Infrastructure Education and Training Procurement

7 Successes so far… The East Sussex Economic Development Strategy means East Sussex is already ahead of the curve: – concerted, coordinated effort with partners –Infrastructure projects – BHLR, high-speed broadband

8 Ambition and Corporate and Political Leadership Build consensus and develop a common and consistent approach There’s a strong sense of ambition supported by committed leadership (despite political complexities) and examples of brave decisions

9 Strategic Planning and Partnership Working “Punching above our weight” in terms of securing resources in certain funding streams Senior management increasingly aware of the social value of working in partnership with the voluntary sector

10 Economic Growth and Supporting Business Excellent delivery vehicle in Sea Change – lengthy pipeline of investment sites and clear leverage model Businesses perceive some local authorities as difficult to access, and responses/support are too variable

11 Role of Planning in Economic Growth Good progress in developing the Local Plan framework for the ES area. Evidence of working together – and a realisation of the importance of cooperation The Duty to Cooperate will become even more important and needs both resourcing and strong political partnership

12 Housing Economic growth should be a key priority in deciding on infrastructure and housing investment

13 Infrastructure The Bexhill Hastings Link Roadis an example of strong partnership and political working, similarly Newhaven Port

14 Education and Training Lack of pre- apprenticeship 'work ready' training both in and out of school Sussex Coastal College is aligning a number of courses to local job demand e.g. vacuum technology There are two employment hubs developing: Own Grown and the Eastbourne Employability Hub Too many NEETS, both and 19-24, are falling through the net

15 Procurement (in relation to support for the local economy) Better coordinate the provision of procurement training and support for local SMEs to improve accessibility and make the best use of the available resources Some excellent procurement initiatives supporting the growth agenda

16 How does the Peer Challenge fit into existing strategy? Role of the LEP East Sussex Economic Development Strategy –Emerging growth deal for the South East Accessible summary of the Strategic Economic Plan & we’re working on a more punchy document

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18 Next Steps Agreement across the board is difficult! The report needs to undergo: –LGA moderation; then –Report will be circulated & available in public domain Participation in action plan

19 Thank you for listening The final report will be available in Autumn Peer Challenge Report is on the agenda for the ESSP Board meeting on 30 October. Any questions?


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