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Three sector specialists join LEP's Business Growth Fund panel

Growing Business Fund panel members Daryl Griffiths, chief executive at Burnett Barker Solicitors, Mike Burrows, GBF panel chair; Jackie Potter, finance director at Gough Hotels, and Dr Sumathi Sundram, director of Healthcare at S&V Consultants Picture: NEW ANGLIA LEP.

Growing Business Fund panel members Daryl Griffiths, chief executive at Burnett Barker Solicitors, Mike Burrows, GBF panel chair; Jackie Potter, finance director at Gough Hotels, and Dr Sumathi Sundram, director of Healthcare at S&V Consultants Picture: NEW ANGLIA LEP.

New Anglia LEP

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.

Panel chairman Mike Burrows said: “As a panel we consider applications from a broad range of businesses and industry sectors. The specialist knowledge and experience which Jackie, Sumathi and Daryl bring will be invaluable to our work, helping us support more businesses to grow, create jobs and contribute to our economic success.”

Ms Potter joined Gough Hotels in 2001. She is responsible for 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.

Dr Sundram 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.

Mr Griffiths 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.

Mike Burrows, chairman of the Growing Business Fund panel, said: “As a panel we consider applications from a broad range of businesses and industry sectors. The specialist knowledge and experience which Jackie, Sumathi and Daryl bring will be invaluable to our work, helping us support more businesses to grow, create jobs and contribute to our economic success. I’m delighted to have them on board.”

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