2 Welcome, introductions and overview of the day Kirsten Trussell, Head of Strategy & Policy at Coast to Capital
3 Overview of Coast to Capital and the ERDF Programme Councillor Helyn Clack, Surrey County Council Chair of the Coast to Capital LEP Area European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) Sub-Committee
4 The Coast to Capital Region Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership provides leadership, investment and business support to grow the regional economy. We cover a diverse and vibrant area which includes the London Borough of Croydon, East Surrey, Gatwick Diamond, Brighton & Hove, Lewes and West Sussex.
5 The role of the Coast to Capital ESIF Sub-Committee The Coast to Capital European Structural Investment Funds (ESIF) Sub- Committee meets quarterly to steer the ESIF programme and advise upon strategic (local) fit and value for money for any applications coming forward for funding. The 56m Coast to Capital LEP Area ESIF Programme consists of: 27m European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) 25m European Social Fund (ESF) 4m European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD)
6 What is ERDF? The European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) supports research and innovation, small to medium sized enterprises (SMEs), and the creation of a low carbon economy.
7 Coast to Capital LEP Area ERDF Priorities Priority Axis 1 SME/HE/Public Sector Collaborative Research & Innovation (Innovation) Priority Axis 3 Enhancing the Competitiveness of SMEs (Business Support) Priority Axis 4 Support Low Carbon sector & Develop its Supply Chain (Low Carbon)
8 Contracted ERDF Projects in the Coast to Capital LEP Area 3 projects have been contracted to date: Export ASEAN - Lead Partner: Newable Priority Axis 3 (Business Support) ERDF Value: 1,075,601 South East International Business Growth (SEIBG) - Lead Partner: Newable Priority Axis 3 (Business Support) ERDF Value: 500,000 Utilise Plus - Lead Partner: Sustainable Business Partnership Priority Axis 4 (Low Carbon) ERDF Value: 500,000
9 The Calls at Coast to Capital
10 10 Key Points About the Calls 1. Call window is open now (it opened on Friday 8 th December). 2. Call window closes at 23:59pm on Friday 9 th February for the Coast to Capital only Calls and on Friday 26 th January for the 2 PA1 Multi-LEP Calls ( Quantum Computing Supply Chain and Knowledge to Market Accelerator ). 3. Calls are applied for directly via DCLG, who are the Managing Authority for ERDF in the UK. 4. All of the application forms and guidance you require can be found on the Gov.uk website. 5. Match is set at 50%, so applicants will need to be able to match the ERDF value via either their own and/or partner cash match, beneficiary contributions, or staff time. 6. Minimum project value is 1m ( 500k ERDF/ 500k Match Funding). 7. Projects can only support Small to Medium sized Enterprises (SMEs) meaning less than 250 employees and under 50m turnover. 8. Project beneficiary SMEs must be based within the Coast to Capital LEP area. 9. Projects can run for up to 3 years. 10. There is no indicative allocation of funding between Capital and Revenue activity.
11 Overview 6 Calls totalling 14.35m ERDF for use in the Coast to Capital LEP Area were launched on Friday December 8 th 2017 This 14.35m ERDF comprises of: 4.6m ERDF in Priority Axis 1 (Innovation) Calls (x 3); 1 x Priority Axis 1 (Innovation) Call worth 4m ERDF. 1 x Priority Axis 1 (Innovation) Knowledge to Market Accelerator Call worth 600k ERDF. This is a Cross-LEP Call. The Coast to Capital element of this Call is worth 100k 1 x Priority Axis 1 (Innovation) Quantum Computing Supply Chain Initiative Call worth 2.5m ERDF. This is a Cross-LEP Call. The Coast to Capital element of this Call is worth 500k 5.75m ERDF in Priority Axis 3 (Business Support) Calls (x 2); 1 x Priority Axis 3 (Business Support) C2C Sector Specific Business Support Programme Call worth 5m ERDF. 1 x Priority Axis 3 (Business Support) Internationalisation Call worth 750k ERDF. 4m ERDF in Priority Axis 4 (Low Carbon) Calls (x 1); 1 x Priority Axis 4 (Low Carbon) Call worth 4m ERDF.
12 Priority Axis 1: Strengthening Research, Technological Development and Innovation Total Commitment for this Call = 4m ERDF ERDF Investment Priority 1b: Innovation Support for Businesses. C2C Intervention Area 1: Promote SME/HEI/Public Sector collaborative Research & Innovation and Commercialisation As set out in Coast to Capital s response to the Government s Industrial Strategy green paper, there are 3 key innovation investment priorities: To promote collaboration between our Universities and businesses across the region in order to support wider knowledge transfer. To promote links between our digital hubs and wider industry in order to promote digital transformation and the use of big data across all economic sectors in order to boost productivity. Further development of the innovation centre type model in order to identify and boost highly productive small businesses and to help them grow within our region. We encourage projects which address these 3 key innovation investment priorities without duplicating any existing activities taking place in the LEP area.
13 Priority Axis 1: Strengthening research, technological development and innovation Total Commitment for this Call = 600k ERDF ( 100k in the Coast to Capital LEP Area) Knowledge to Market Accelerator ERDF Investment Priority 1b: Innovation Support for Businesses. Coast to Capital Intervention Area 1: Promote SME/HEI/public sector collaborative Research & Innovation and Commercialisation Projects should build on the work already done by the Science and Innovation Audit. It should bring together major businesses that are engaged in the procurement and development of digital enabling technologies, and universities with world leading capabilities and a track record of commercialising research and the region s network of LEPs. Project activity can take place in the Coast to Capital, Enterprise M3, Dorset, Thames Valley Berkshire and Solent LEP areas and must compliment the ERDF Innovation (PA1) projects already taking place in those areas, along with complimenting any domestically funded innovation-based schemes, and must not duplicate or overlap with any similar existing schemes or services on offer in the area including the work of the Growth Hubs in those areas. Projects of 500k ERDF ( 1m Total Project Value) will be considered for support.
14 Priority Axis 1: Strengthening research, technological development and innovation Total Commitment for this Call = 2.5m ERDF ( 500k in the Coast to Capital LEP Area) Quantum Computing Supply Chain Initiative ERDF Investment Priority 1b: Innovation Support for Businesses Coast to Capital Intervention Area 1: Promote SME/HEI/public sector collaborative Research & Innovation and Commercialisation The Quantum Supply Chain Initiative aims to build capacity and presence in the development of products using quantum technology in advance of significant commercial demand. Proposals for a Quantum Supply Chain Initiative should build on the work identified in the Science and Innovation Audit. It should bring together major businesses that are engaged in the procurement and development of digital enabling technologies (as highlighted in the SIA Report), universities with world leading capabilities and a track record of commercialising research and the region s network of local enterprise partnerships. Project activity can take place in the Coast to Capital, Enterprise M3, Dorset and Solent LEP areas and must compliment the ERDF Innovation (PA1) projects already taking place in those areas, along with complimenting any domestically funded innovation-based schemes, and must not duplicate or overlap with any similar existing schemes or services on offer in the area including the work of the Growth Hubs in those areas. Projects of a minimum size of 500k ERDF ( 1m Total Project Value) up to a maximum size of 2m ERDF ( 4m Total Project Value) will be considered for support.
15 Outputs under Priority Axis 1 Investment Priority 1b C1 C2 C3 C4 C5 C6 C8 C26 C28 C29 P2 Number of enterprises receiving support Number of enterprises receiving grants Number of enterprises receiving financial support other than grants Number of enterprises receiving non-financial support Number of new enterprises supported Private investment matching public support to enterprises (grants) Employment increase in supported enterprises Number of enterprises cooperating with research entities Number of enterprises supported to introduce new to the market products Number of enterprises supported to introduce new to the firm products Public or commercial buildings built or renovated
16 Priority Axis 3: Enhancing the Competitiveness of Small and Medium Sized Enterprises Coast to Capital Sector Specific Business Support Programme Total of Commitment for this Call = 5m ERDF ERDF Investment Priority 3c: Supporting the creation and extension of advanced capacities for products, services and development. Coast to Capital Intervention Area 3: Improve business support for all stages of SME development & growth Digital Sector Support Digital Theme: Digital network of excellence in Coast to Capital Life Sciences (LS) Sector Support LS Theme 1: Stimulating innovation across niche sectors LS Theme 2: Meeting the skills demand for the life sciences cluster Advanced Manufacturing & Engineering (AME) Sector Support AME Theme 1: Accessing prototyping and testing facilities AME Theme 2: Specialised mentoring scheme for advanced engineering AME Theme 3: Accessing technologies of the future Any proposed activity must compliment the ERDF Business Support (PA3) projects already taking place in the Coast to Capital area and must not duplicate or overlap with any similar existing schemes or services on offer in the area including the work of the Coast to Capital Growth Hub. Applications for a minimum of 500k ERDF ( 1m Total Project Value) up to a maximum of 5m ERDF ( 10m Total Project Value) against one to all (i.e. any) of the above themes - will be considered for support.
17 Outputs under Priority Axis 3 Investment Priority 3c C1 C2 C3 C4 C5 C6 C8 C29 P2 P13 Number of enterprises receiving support Number of enterprises receiving grants Number of enterprises receiving financial support other than grants Number of enterprises receiving non-financial support Number of new enterprises supported Private investment matching public support to enterprises (grants) Employment increase in supported enterprises Number of enterprises supported to introduce new to the firm products Public or commercial buildings built or renovated Number of enterprises receiving Information, Diagnostic and Brokerage support
18 Priority Axis 3: Enhancing the Competitiveness of Small and Medium Sized Enterprises Internationalisation (SME Export Support) Total Commitment for this Call = 750k ERDF ERDF Investment Priority 3d: Increase growth capacity of SMEs Coast to Capital Intervention Area 3: Improve business support for all stages of SME development & growth The support provided through this specific objective will help businesses to develop their internal capability in order to improve their productivity, grow and create jobs. We are particularly looking for projects which can offer advice and support for small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) to enter, establish and expand in new domestic and international markets. Activities can target both domestic and foreign-owned SMEs. It is essential that this scheme links with other programmes of support related to international trade including the ASEAN Business Development Support and International Trade support projects which have recently received their European Regional Development funding contracts, and any other related provisions in the area including the work of the Coast to Capital Growth Hub. Project activity should take place in the Coast to Capital LEP area.
19 Outputs under Priority Axis 3 Investment Priority 3d C1 C2 C3 C4 C5 C6 C8 C29 P2 P13 Number of enterprises receiving support Number of enterprises receiving grants Number of enterprises receiving financial support other than grants Number of enterprises receiving non-financial support Number of new enterprises supported Private investment matching public support to enterprises (grants) Employment increase in supported enterprises Number of enterprises supported to introduce new to the firm products Public or commercial buildings built or renovated Number of enterprises receiving information, diagnostic and brokerage support
20 ERDF Priority Axis 4: Supporting the Shift towards a Low Carbon Economy in All Sectors Total Commitment for this Call = 4m ERDF Investment Priorities: 4a: Promoting the production and distribution of energy derived from renewable sources. 4b: Promoting energy efficiency and renewable energy use in enterprises. 4c: Supporting energy efficiency, smart energy management and renewable energy use in public infrastructure, including in public buildings, and in the housing sector. 4e: Promoting low-carbon strategies for all types of territories, in particular for urban areas, including the promotion of sustainable multimodal urban mobility and mitigation-relevant adaptation measures. 4f: Promoting research and innovation in, and adoption of, low-carbon technologies. Projects coming forward must add benefit to, and work in synergy with, already approved ERDF low carbon projects in the Coast to Capital LEP area, rather than duplicating them, and the work must complement that of the Coast to Capital Growth Hub.
21 Outputs under Priority Axis 4 Investment Priority 4a C1 Number of enterprises receiving support C5 Number of new enterprises supported C30 Additional capacity for renewable energy production C34 Estimated annual decrease of greenhouse gases Investment Priority 4c C31 C32 C34 C1 C5 C26 C29 C34 Number of households with improved energy consumption Decrease of annual primary energy consumption of public buildings Estimated annual decrease of greenhouse gases Investment Priority 4f Number of enterprises receiving support Number of new enterprises supported Number of enterprises cooperating with research entities Number of enterprises supported to introduce new to the firm products Estimated annual decrease of greenhouse gases Investment Priority 4b C1 Number of enterprises receiving support C34 Estimated annual decrease of greenhouse gases Investment Priority 4e C1 Number of enterprises receiving support C34 Estimated annual decrease of greenhouse gases
22 ERDF Project Case Study: Thames Valley Science Park Gateway Building at the University of Reading Dorothy Grobler Contract Manager, Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG)
23 Thames Valley Science Park TVSP Project refers to the development of Thames Valley Science Park ERDF Project refers to that part of the TVSP Project supported under ERDF This project is part funded by the European Union
24 What aspire to be An anchor for innovation and innovative companies in the Thames Valley; The physical centre of a virtual community
25 Strategic importance- Why? - The LEP, as part of its strategy, sought to encourage development of the region as a centre for entrepreneurial and innovative businesses (hence initiatives to support SME growth and funding: Growth Hub and Funding Escalator) - In their strategy the LEP recognised the lack of appropriate facilities for innovation led businesses, particularly those needing labs (life and health sciences)- an ERDF call for a Science Park - The University has the ambition to develop a Science Park building on its establish community of innovation (80 companies in innovations centres on the campus)
26 Strategic link- How? - The University had obtained planning consent to develop a Science Park with the ambition to create up to 5,000 new jobs and establish 800,000sqft of space on University land. It was minded to invest but the level of initial investment needed on a green field site meant to investment return did not stack up - ERDF funding was sought for the ERDF Project to create circa 30,000sqft of lab space in the first phase of development. - ERDF application made spring 2015 and GFA completed Feb 2017
27 What have we done? Spring 2015 November 2017
28 What has being delivered? - Planning consent for a 50 acre development - A Gateway Building with 50,000sqft of business space, amenity hub and café - 30,000sqft of lab space for the Life and Health sciences sector (the ERDF Project ) - 15 companies to move in employing approx. 300 people - A new Thames Valley Innovation Catalyst providing flexible workspace, business support and accelerator programmes linked to Henley Business School and sponsored by Barclays
29 TVSP; an emerging life sciences cluster
30 What else has happened? Building 2- planning permission applied for, autumn 2017 The Gateway- part ERDF funded. Opening Jan 18 The Rutherford Cancer centre developed by Proton Partners- opens 2018
31 Challenges! - Time and complexity of the process- patience. - Finding the most appropriate way to fit a project which ticked all the strategic boxes into the scheme rules - State Aid - Feel free to contact David Gillham, TVSP Director - for any further information
32 European Regional Development Fund Coast to Capital LEP Area Event The Application Process 15 December 2017 Simon Golden, Vicki Bidwell, Ewan McIntosh Greater South East Growth Delivery Team, DCLG 20XX
33 Where to start? Find the Call Specification on Funding Finder Refer to the Operational Programme activities that do not contribute to the Operational Programme are ineligible for ERDF support Refer to the priorities and targets of the local ESIF strategy for the LEP area/s covered by your project; and the national guidance available which sets out the rules under which the ESIF programme is governed and managed. Strategic alignment is crucial.
35 Call The Applicant s Journey - Overview Full Appraisal Grant Funding Agreement Outline Application Full Application Project Delivery Outline Assessment Feedback meeting
36 Application process Managing Authority (MA) publishes the Call specification Applicant submits an Outline application to the MA MA prepares an Outline Assessment Gateway and Core If positive, the LEP Area ESIF sub-committee provides advice on strategic fit and value for money MA completes the Outline Assessment Applicant receives a written response Successful applicants invited to attend a feedback meeting before submitting a Full Application for appraisal If successful, Grant Funding Agreement issued 36
37 Outline Assessment - Gateway Assessment Is the project proposer eligible? Is the proposed activity and associated expenditure eligible? Is there clear evidence that it contributes to the needs or opportunities identified in: the Call the Operational Programme specific objectives outputs (relevant priority axes)
38 Outline Assessment - Core Selection Criteria Strategic Fit advice from Sub-Committee Value for money advice from Sub-Committee Deliverability Management and Control Compliance Procurement State Aid Publicity Cross Cutting Themes Sustainability Equality and Diversity
39 Top tips Narrative should be clear, simple, focused (we want to understand it) Check eligibility of activity Links to strategic priorities and the local area ESIF Strategy Value for money Clean match funding Provide informed rationale for setting the Output levels Be clear about who will deliver the project, their role and cost Budget for the Summative Assessment Be careful about state aid (de minimis/gber), procurement and publicity Think about future audits and how to retrieve the audit trail easily
40 Lots of case studies are available in the November 2017 edition of Supporting Local Growth, available at _data/file/656518/ _erdf_case_study_booklet_2017.pdf
41 Match Funding Options at Coast to Capital
42 Match Funding General Points The intervention rate for match funding on this ERDF programme is set at a minimum of 50%. All match funding must come from a clean i.e. non- European source (so you cannot obtain a European grant and use that to match fund another project). There is nothing in the EU regulations that prevents applicants from using capital expenditure as match for revenue ERDF, or vice versa.
43 What can be used to match ERDF? Cash Staff Time SME (Project End Beneficiary) Contributions Loans Land or Buildings
44 Staff Time as Match Project partner (lead, delivery or strategic) staff time can be used as match providing those partner organisations are named in the co-signed project funding agreement and those persons and their roles are named in the SLA/partnership agreement. Only their time spent on the project can be used as match, with each person being required to submit signed monthly timesheets showing all of their hours worked on the project and otherwise for each quarterly claim made by the lead partner of the project. It is the lead partner s responsibility to ensure that this information is correct. All partner staff time must have already been defrayed (paid) by the employer before it can be claimed by the project.
45 SME (Project End Beneficiaries) Contributions as Match Contributions from SMEs can be included in the funding package provided these will contribute towards the total eligible costs of the project. At full application stage a project cash flow forecast should be submitted. The applicant will be required to provide a quarterly update on the cash flow projection and SME contributions received through the progress monitoring reports.
46 Loans as Match Loans from banks, building societies or elsewhere may be used as match funding, providing the loan has been secured by the time the ERDF funding agreement has been co-signed by the applicant.
47 Land or Buildings as Match The amount of match provided in the form of land or buildings is restricted to a maximum of 10% of the total eligible costs of the project. The value of the land or building must have been recently certified by an independent, appropriately qualified person/body on the basis of current open market value. It will be necessary to demonstrate that the land or building will be dedicated exclusively for use for the delivery of the project for the project s lifetime.
48 Lunch Break & Networking Session Lunch options are available from Horsham Railway Station or Pavilions Leisure Centre both inside of 5 minutes walk from Horsham Training Centre or from Horsham town centre, which is a 15 minute walk away. 1 hour please try to be back for 1:30pm
49 Group activity session Delegates can explore the funding opportunities under each theme, identify their project roles, build potential project partnerships, form (or build upon) project ideas, and discuss possible match funding options.
50 ERDF eligibility surgeries, networking and afternoon refreshments Delegates will have the chance to have a 10 minute 1 to 1 surgery slot with an expert to discuss the eligibility of their project idea(s).
51 Wrap up, next steps, and close
52 Thank You
53 Useful Links The 6 Open ERDF Funding Calls: Here Outline Application Forms & Guidance: Here Eligibility Guidance (Including Match Funding Guidance): Here Priority Axis 4 Specific Guidance: Here State Aid Guidance: Here Procurement Guidance: Here Outputs & Results Guidance: Here Project Selection Criteria Guidance: Here ERDF Project Case Studies Booklet: Here
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