Growth Deal 3

Update: 3 August 2016

Here is our Growth Deal submission along with an Executive Summary, it follows an open process that commenced in September 2015.  Our submission is part of a competitive process involving all 39 Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) in England.  The submission builds on our previously successful Growth Deal 1 and 2 bids, which provided many of the foundations for this Growth Deal 3 submission to deliver further economic impact.   

Our Growth Deal 3 programme of investments was submitted to government on the 28 July and we are anticipating that we will receive notification of our award through the Chancellor’s Autumn statement.  Our programme is subject to change as and when we receive feedback from government.  We are asking for £126.94m, which would lever in an additional £186.43m to complete the cost of the programme.  In total this would unlock almost 10,000 new jobs, provide 12,000 people with improved skills or an apprenticeship, create 43,000sq m of new workspace and help deliver 4,400 new homes.

We anticipate launching our full business case submission process immediately after receiving our Growth Deal award from government (anticipated November 2016).  Over the coming weeks we will be refining our governance processes needed for the full business case submissions and appoint an independent third party to carry out the evaluation and assessment process on behalf of the LEP Board.

For commercial confidentiality reasons, given the high number of private-led initiatives, we will not publish the full detail of projects that make up our Growth Deal 3 programme, until projects have received their grant offer letter.



Update: 14 June 2016

We have now received further guidance from government which sets out the timetable that we are required to work too.  These timelines can be seen below:

  • Wednesday 15 June – LEP Investment Panel meet to review our Growth Deal 3 proposal
  • Thursday 23 June – LEP Investment Panel sign off the draft Growth Deal 3 proposal
  • Friday 24 June – draft Growth Deal 3 proposal submitted to government
  • Tuesday 5 July – LEP Chair and CEO brief Cornish Peers and MP’s on content of proposal
  • Tuesday 5/6 July – Ministerial Challenge Session on our Growth Deal 3 proposal
  • Thursday 28 July – Final Growth Deal 3 proposal submitted to government
  • August through to October – Government will undertake a value for money exercise on the 39 LEP Growth Deal 3 submissions
  • November– Chancellor of the Exchequer announces Growth Deal awards in his Autumn speech
  • 2017 (date to be confirmed) – Commence the full business case process

Along with the timetable, government also announced that the programme will be Capital only and the funding programme will be back loaded, therefore making majority of funds available in 2019/20 and 2020/21.  This has necessitated a further review of projects that were heavily ‘Revenue ask’ and projects that were looking to deliver over the next 18/24 months.  Applicants who have fallen into the category of ‘Revenue ask’ and delivery over the next 18/24 months have been contacted and appraised of the situation.

Finally, we remain ambitious with our proposal and will over the coming weeks continue to challenge individual projects over deliverability and value for money matters, all of which will be tested when we enter into the Ministerial Challenge Session.         

Update: 12 April 2016

Last month, as announced in the Spring statement, the Chancellor confirmed that up to £1.8 billion will be allocated for a further round of Growth Deal investments and this allocation is likely to be split across the 39 LEPs in England.  Unfortunately, we continue to wait for full details from government regarding eligibility, funding spend profiles and programme timetable, before we can launch the next stage of our Growth Deal 3 process.

We do understand that for those projects who have made it through to the next phase, this delay is frustrating and in some cases may be jeopardising project delivery.  However, to commence the next stage process without receiving the full funding programme details, could create applicants unnecessary time, effort and money that may fall foul of funding criteria rules.  Once we have received guidance from government, we will issue a statement through our website giving programme details along with proposed timelines.

Update: 11 November 2015

The Growth Deal EOI application process has now closed. The CIOS LEP would like to thank all those who have submitted an EOI.

We expect to assess the EOIs over the coming months, which may include external expertise to support the independent appraisal and prioritisation process. During the appraisal process, there may be a requirement for the LEP team to contact applicants to seek clarification on their submitted application.  Apart from seeking any clarifications, the LEP will not be able to discuss individual EOIs, until the appraisal process is complete and a draft consolidated bid is put to the LEP Board for sign off.  On completion of the appraisal process, the LEP will write to all applicants regarding the status of their submission and will reflect those projects selected to go forward to full business case submission.  

The LEP will publicise the full requirements for those projects selected to be taken forward to produce a full business case submission, along with the opportunity to consult with the LEP, should the need arise.

Those projects which do not go forward for the Growth Deal 3 programme, will be either ‘signposted’ across to an appropriate active funding programme, or, will be held as a ‘live project’ for further rounds of Growth Deal, or, other funding opportunities be announced.

Growth Deal announcement 29 September 2015

LEP invites expressions of interest for next round of Growth Deal funding

The Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) has issued an appeal for projects that could benefit from the Government's next round of Growth Deal funding.

The LEP and Cornwall Council have already secured more than £60 million of investment from two Growth Deals that will attract a further £150 million of private investment, creating some 4,000 jobs and helping to deliver around 6,000 new homes by 2021.

The Government is expected to announce a third round of Growth Deal funding before the end of the year, and the LEP wants to make sure it has a pipeline of potential projects to put forward for bids.

The money comes from the Government's Single Local Growth Fund which is designed to give regions the power and money to unlock local growth and development.

Speaking at Cornwall Expo 2015 at Newquay Cornwall Airport, LEP chief executive Sandra Rothwell said: “We've been very successful in previous rounds and this is a competitive process with other regions so we are issuing a call for projects that could benefit from Growth Deal funding, or other potential funding opportunities.

“We still don't know how much money will be available and we can't guarantee that projects will be funded, but we want to be ready.

“We welcome expressions of interest from any public, private or third sector organisation that has a project with the potential to deliver high quality economic growth in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. This is for capital and revenue projects with a minimum grant funding request of £100,000.”

To submit an expression of interest applicants will need to fill out an expression of interest form for their project. Members of the LEP team are available to discuss potential projects.

The closing date for expressions of interest is 6th November 2015. The LEP will then shortlist projects that could be put forward for support as part of any future Growth Deal bid to the Government.

Check out the LEP Investment Template here

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