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Thames Valley Berkshire LEP Impact Report 2017 - 2018

This is our 2019-20 story

Through the course of 2019/20, Thames Valley Berkshire LEP has made substantial progress in key areas of activity, including delivery of our Local Growth Fund Programme and bringing forward interventions to unlock business growth; stimulate innovation; increase skills levels and develop vibrant and thriving places across Berkshire.

We have forged ahead with our Local Growth Fund investments delivering a wide range of schemes revitalising and strengthening the Berkshire economic landscape. To date, our investments and initiatives have created or safeguarded over 4,500 new jobs and 1,300 new homes, supported just over 2,750 businesses, introduced 47 Enterprise Advisors with schools/college Careers Leaders, facilitated the development of 2285msq floor space for learning and assisted 5,182 new learners within these facilities.

At the start of 2020, and towards the end of the period we are reporting on here, the UK was hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, which has subsequently become the greatest challenge of our time. As a LEP we took immediate actions and decisions to help get Berkshire back on track and alongside partners we showed a determination to continue working together. Our Delivery Plan for 2020/21 sets out some of the actions we have taken and our commitment to overcome the challenges we continue to face and provide the right support for businesses, residents and our communities.

As we ook beyond 2019/20 and the 2020/21 Delivery Plan, we are pleased that we have an exciting pipeline of important projects, including projects supported by the government’s Getting Build Fund. Our ambitions for the future are articulated in the LEP’s Recovery and Renewal Plan for Berkshire. I am looking forward to continuing to work with partners to harness our resources and deliver a tangible benefit for all our businesses and residents.

Alison Webster,
Thames Valley Berkshire LEP
Chief Executive

Our year in 90 seconds

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Impact summary

Measure

Baseline 2015
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Progress 2016
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Progress 2017
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Progress 2018
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Progress 2019
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Change From 2015
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(out of 38 LEP areas)
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Source and Year of Publication
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GVA per head (2016 prices)

Baseline 2015
£36,512m
Progress 2016
£37,092m
Progress 2017
£37,797m
Progress 2018
Next data release - Dec 2019
Progress 2019
Change From 2015
3.5%
(out of 38 LEP areas)
12
Source and Year of Publication
ONS, 2019

Productivity (GVA per hour worked) (2016 prices)

Baseline 2015
£40.80
Progress 2016
£40.74
Progress 2017
£41.30
Progress 2018
Next data release - Feb 2020
Progress 2019
Change From 2015
1.2%
(out of 38 LEP areas)
2 3 1
Source and Year of Publication
ONS, 2019

Unemployment rate 16-64 (12 Months to Dec)

Baseline 2015
3.8%
Progress 2016
3.6%
Progress 2017
2.9%
Progress 2018
3.1%
Progress 2019
2.8%
Change From 2015
1%
(out of 38 LEP areas)
10th lowest unemploy
Source and Year of Publication
Annual Population Survey, ONS, 2019

Number of private sector employees

Baseline 2015
431,100
Progress 2016
454,300
Progress 2017
444,900
Progress 2018
456,500
Progress 2019
460,200
Change From 2015
6.8%
(out of 38 LEP areas)
2 3 1
Source and Year of Publication
Business Register and Employment Survey, ONS, 2019

Working age population with Level 3+ qualification (12 months to Dec)

Baseline 2015
63.5%
Progress 2016
64.9%
Progress 2017
63.7%
Progress 2018
65.3%
Progress 2019
64.5%
Change From 2015
1%
(out of 38 LEP areas)
6th highest
Source and Year of Publication
Annual Population Survey, ONS, 2019

Quality of life

Baseline 2015
Score 2013-2015: 0.8
Progress 2016
Score 2014-2016: 0.8
Progress 2017
Score 2015-2017: 0.9
Progress 2018
Score 2016-2018: 0.9
Progress 2019
Change From 2015
Up 0.05
(out of 38 LEP areas)
4th
Source and Year of Publication
Good Growth, PwC, 2019
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Our investment journey

  • Infrastructure
  • Business Environment
  • People
  1. 2013

    1. JAN 2013

    2. FEB 2013

      • Thames Valley Berkshire Funding Escalator – created
    3. MAR 2013

    4. APR 2013

    5. MAY 2013

    6. JUN 2013

    7. JUL 2013

    8. AUG 2013

    9. SEPT 2013

    10. OCT 2013

      • City Deal agreed with government; Elevate Berkshire programme launched
    11. NOV 2013

    12. DEC 2013

  2. 2014

    1. JAN 2014

    2. FEB 2014

    3. MAR 2014

      • Berkshire Business Growth Hub – created
    4. APR 2014

    5. MAY 2014

    6. JUN 2014

    7. JUL 2014

      • Growth Deal 1 - £96.9m Local Growth Funds (LGF) awarded by Government
    8. AUG 2014

    9. SEPT 2014

    10. OCT 2014

    11. NOV 2014

      • Green Park Railway Station – LGF investment approved
    12. DEC 2014

  3. 2015

    1. JAN 2015

      • Growth Deal 2 - £10.2m LGF awarded by Government
    2. FEB 2015

      • Warfield Link Road – work starts
    3. MAR 2015

    4. APR 2015

      • Bracknell Town Centre – work starts
      • Coral Reef Junction – work starts
    5. MAY 2015

    6. JUN 2015

      • Reading Engineering Solutions Lab – work starts
    7. JUL 2015

    8. AUG 2015

    9. SEPT 2015

    10. OCT 2015

    11. NOV 2015

    12. DEC 2015

      • Slough Mass Rapid Transit Phase 1 – work starts
      • Slough A332 Improvements – work starts
      • Slough A355 Route Enhancement – work starts
  4. 2016

    1. JAN 2016

      • Reading Engineering Solutions Lab – completed
      • River Thames Scheme – survey works commence (LGF-funded)
      • River Thames Scheme – survey works completed (LGF-funded)
    2. FEB 2016

      • London Road Industrial Estate – work starts
    3. MAR 2016

      • Berkshire Enterprise Advisor Network – launched
      • Newbury Solutions Lab – work starts
      • Elevate Berkshire – programme funded through European Social Fund (ESF)
    4. APR 2016

      • Coral Reef Junction – completed
    5. MAY 2016

      • Thames Valley Science Park – work starts (ERDF-funded)
    6. JUN 2016

    7. JUL 2016

      • Sandleford Park – LGF investment approved
    8. AUG 2016

    9. SEPT 2016

      • South Reading Mass Rapid Transit – work starts
    10. OCT 2016

      • King’s Road Link Road – work starts
      • Newbury Solutions Lab – completed
    11. NOV 2016

      • World of Opportunity (WOOP) – ESF investment approved
    12. DEC 2016

      • Building Family Bridges – ESF investment approved
      • Growth Deal 3 – £35.56m LGF awarded by Government
  5. 2017

    1. JAN 2017

      • Burnham Railway Station – work starts
      • National Cycle Network Route 422 – work starts
    2. FEB 2017

      • Slough & South Bucks A4 Cycleway – work starts
      • Slough A355 Route Enhancement – completed
      • Digital Gum - LEP-funded project commences
    3. MAR 2017

      • London Road Industrial Estate – completed
      • Martins Heron Roundabout – work starts
      • Berkshire Cares – LEP-funded project commences
    4. APR 2017

    5. MAY 2017

    6. JUN 2017

      • Reading IT Solutions Lab – work starts
    7. JUL 2017

      • Wokingham Park & Ride – LGF investment approved
    8. AUG 2017

    9. SEPT 2017

      • Bracknell Town Centre – completed
      • Reading IT Solutions Lab – completed
    10. OCT 2017

      • Solutions Lab specialising in Sustainable Energy at BCA – work starts
    11. NOV 2017

      • East Reading Mass Rapid Transit – LGF investment approved
      • Maidenhead Railway Station – LGF investment approved
      • South Reading Mass Rapid Transit Phases 3 & 4 – LGF investment approved
    12. DEC 2017

      • Slough Mass Rapid Transit Phase 1 – completed
      • Superfast Berkshire Broadband coverage exceeds 95% (at 96.39%)
  6. 2018

    1. JAN 2018

      • Smart City Cluster - work starts
      • Berkshire Apprenticeship Hub - ESF investment approved
      • 31 schools engaged in the Berkshire Enterprise Advisor Network
    2. FEB 2018

      • Solutions Lab specialising in Sustainable Energy at BCA – completed
      • Wokingham Park & Ride – work starts
    3. MAR 2018

      • Thames Valley Science Park – first tenants move into ‘Gateway’ building
      • Langley Railway Station – work starts
      • South Reading Mass Rapid Transit Phases 3 & 4 – work starts
      • Green Park Railway Station – work starts
    4. APR 2018

    5. MAY 2018

      • Digital Gum - LEP-funded project completed
      • University of Reading’s HealthReach - LGF investment approved
    6. JUN 2018

    7. JUL 2018

      • Bracknell A3095 Corridor - LGF investment approved
      • Newbury Railway Station Improvements - LGF investment approved
      • Skills support for the workforce - completed
    8. AUG 2018

      • Newbury Sandleford Park – work starts
      • Skills for Care – ESF funded project completed
    9. SEPT 2018

      • Sustainable Transport A4 Cycle Route - completed
    10. OCT 2018

      • Bracknell A3095 Corridor – work starts
    11. NOV 2018

      • Slough MRT phase 2 - BRRP investment approved (part)
      • Wokingham Winnersh Relief Road - BRRP investment approved
    12. DEC 2018

  7. 2019

    1. JAN 2019

      • East Reading MRT – LGF investment withdrawn
      • Maidenhead Station Access – work starts
      • Maidenhead: Housing Sites Enabling Works Phase 1 - LGF investment approved
      • Newbury Railway Station Improvements – work starts
      • Slough MRT phase 2 - BRRP investment approved (part)
    2. FEB 2019

    3. MAR 2019

      • Care Skills Training Centre at Reading College - LGF investment approved
      • Gearing up for STEM (Worlds of Opportunity) – ESF funded project completed
      • Langley College – The Slough Community College for HE - LGF investment approved
      • Promoting Apprenticeships – ESF funded project completed
      • Reading Digital Skills Hub - The Curious Lounge - LGF investment approved
      • SATRO Mobile Classroom - LGF investment approved
      • University Centre Newbury - LGF investment approved
      • University of Reading’s HealthReach - completed
      • Wokingham Winnersh Triangle Park & Ride - LGF investment approved
      • Promoting Apprenticeships – ESF funded project completed
      • Reading Digital Skills Hub - The Curious Lounge - LGF investment approved
      • University Centre Newbury - LGF investment approved
      • University of Reading’s HealthReach - completed
    4. APR 2019

      • Care Skills Training Centre at Reading College - LGF investment approved
      • Bracknell: Martins Heron - completed
      • Burnham Station Access Improvements - completed
      • Community grants – ESF project starts
      • Skills support for the unemployed – ESF project starts
      • Skills support for the workforce – ESF project starts
      • Support for those at risk of NEET – ESF project starts
    5. MAY 2019

    6. JUN 2019

      • Elevate Berkshire – ESF project completes
      • Langley College – The Slough Community College for HE - work starts
    7. JUL 2019

      • South Reading Mass Rapid Transit Phases 1 & 2 - completed
    8. AUG 2019

      • Langley College – The Slough Community College for HE – completed
      • Slough MRT Phase 2 – work starts
      • Slough: Stoke Road Area Regeneration – work starts
      • Wokingham Arborfield Cross Relief Road - work starts
    9. SEPT 2019

      • Reading Digital Skills Hub - The Curious Lounge - work starts
      • Slough A332 Improvements – completed
    10. OCT 2019

      • Reading Digital Skills Hub - The Curious Lounge - completed
      • South Wokingham Distributor Road – Eastern Gateway – work starts
    11. NOV 2019

      • Wokingham: Barkham Bridge – work starts
    12. DEC 2019

      • Care Skills Training Centre at Reading College - completed
      • SATRO Mobile Classroom – work starts
  8. 2020

    1. JAN 2020

      • Applied Science Unit at Reading College - LGF investment approved
      • BCA Health Sciences Centre - LGF investment approved
      • New Directions SMILE Hospitality - LGF investment approved
      • University Centre Newbury - LGF investment approved
      • WBTC Digital Connection - LGF investment approved
    2. FEB 2020

    3. MAR 2020

    4. APR 2020

    5. MAY 2020

    6. JUN 2020

    7. JUL 2020

    8. AUG 2020

    9. SEPT 2020

    10. OCT 2020

    11. NOV 2020

    12. DEC 2020

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Programmes

We’re funding many key projects with partners across Thames Valley Berkshire. Our programme of works is focused on three specific areas of activity to successfully deliver the Strategic Economic Plan: Infrastructure; Business Environment; and People.

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Our leadership

  • Sarah Atkinson

    Sarah Atkinson

    Director, Corporate Social Responsibility,

  • Bob Beveridge

    Bob Beveridge

    Chair

  • Sam Foley

    Sam Foley

    Higher Education Lead

  • Jacinta George

    Jacinta George

    Life Sciences and Healthcare Lead

  • Charlotte Haitham-Taylor

    Charlotte Haitham-Taylor

    Berkshire Leaders' Group Representative

  • Bob Mountain

    Bob Mountain

    Head of European Supply and Logistics,

  • Paul Newman

    Paul Newman

    Further Education Director

  • Jim Reay

    Jim Reay

    Head R&D CP Infrastructure and Capital

  • Dominique Unsworth MBE BEM

    Dominique Unsworth MBE BEM

    Social Inclusion Lead

  • Alison Webster

    Alison Webster

    Chief Executive

  • Tim Wheadon

    Tim Wheadon

    Berkshire Chief Executives' Group Representative

  • Jason Brock

    Jason Brock

    Reading Borough Council

  • Marc Brunel-Walker

    Marc Brunel-Walker

    Deputy Chair

  • Nikki Burns

    Nikki Burns

    Federation of Small Businesses

  • Gerry Clark

    Gerry Clark

    Federation of Small Businesses

  • Lynne Doherty

    Lynne Doherty

    West Berkshire Council

  • Samina Hussain

    Samina Hussain

    Slough Business Community Partnership

  • Malcolm Hyde

    Malcolm Hyde

    CBI (Observer)

  • Stuart Munro

    Stuart Munro

    Wokingham Borough Council

  • Stuart Munro

    Stuart Munro

    Wokingham Borough Council

  • Raj Singh

    Raj Singh

    Institute of Directors

  • James Swindlehurst

    James Swindlehurst

    Slough Borough Council

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