Movers: New Anglia LEP welcomes business leaders to grant-deciding panel
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New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) has welcomed three more business leaders to the panel of its flagship business support programme.
Jackie Potter, finance director at Gough Hotels, Dr Sumathi Sundram, director of healthcare at S&V Consultants and Daryl Griffiths, chief executive at Burnett Barker Solicitors take the number of private sector members on the panel to 10.
The Growing Business Fund offers grants of £25,000 to £500,000 for businesses which want to grow and create new jobs. To date, more than £20m has been awarded to more than 370 firms.
The LEP’s Growing Business Fund Panel makes decisions on allocations of funding on behalf of the full LEP board. The committee comprises a total of 10 voting members, all from the private sector.
Jackie joined Gough Hotels in 2001. She is responsible the financial strategy of the group, which consists of the Angel Hotel, Bury St Edmunds, Salthouse Harbour Hotel, Ipswich, and Southwold Pier. The group currently employs 240 people.
Sumathi has more than 25 years’ experience in the health sector including as a director of finance in the NHS. She has also advised on UK health policy through Department of Health resource allocation working groups.
Daryl has almost 30 years’ experience in the legal sector. He led a management buyout at the firm in 2016 having risen through the ranks, and now mentors business leaders.
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