Agenda item - Chair's Communications
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- Meeting of Greater Brighton Economic Board, Friday, 13th February, 2015 2.00pm (Item 28.)
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28.1The Chair provided the following communication:
The Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership has agreed an expansion to its Growth Deal with the Government which will see an extra £35.8m invested in the Coast to Capital area between 2016 and 2021. This is in addition to the £202.4m of funding committed by the Government on July 2014.
The additional proposed projects include improvements to the A2300 Burgess Hill Link Road relieving congestion and unlocking up to 3,000 new homes and 5,000 jobs.
Other projects that have received funding include the redevelopment of the railway station at Gatwick Airport, a projects in Oxted, Caterham, Leatherhead and Epsom.
The Launch of the Digital Catapult, Brighton will be on the evening of the 12th March and all members of the Greater Brighton Economic Board will be invited to join the Coast to Capital LEP and the National Digital Catapult for the Launch event. The Digital Catapult Centre Brighton will be located in the city of Brighton & Hove and will work across the whole Coast to Capital region which includes West Sussex, the Gatwick Diamond, Croydon, Lewes and Brighton & Hove.
The Digital Catapult Centre Brighton will provide a place where start-ups and small businesses in the creative and technology sectors can develop and showcase their digital ideas and products. They will also be able to use it to connect and collaborate with larger businesses, universities and public sector organisations. The centre will also be connected to two additional centres planned for Bradford and Sunderland, and also with the Digital Catapult Centre London.
Projects undertaken at the Centre will be led by Coast to Capital LEP in collaboration with the core delivery partners - the University of Brighton and Wired Sussex. They will focus specifically on encouraging innovation and value from real-time and location-based data (the Internet of Place). Other project partners include American Express, Brighton & Hove City Council and Gatwick Airport.