Published: Friday, 18th October 2019
Broadland and South Norfolk Councils are proud to support a new and exciting brand being used to globally market the region’s world-class business offer and attract inward investment.
Norfolk & Suffolk Unlimited promotes the area as a place rich with investment opportunities and positions it as the epicentre of clean energy in the UK and world-leading clusters in the ICT, tech and digital, and agri-food sectors.
The campaign is being led by New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership and will help deliver the ambitions of the region’s economic strategy to 2036. It is being delivered in partnership with Norfolk and Suffolk County Councils and has the endorsement of Department for International Trade.
Norfolk & Suffolk Unlimited was recently promoted at MIPIM UK, the leading property event in London, and will be taken to Offshore Energy 19 and Horecava in Amsterdam and Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.
Business leaders and other key stakeholders from around the region are meanwhile being encouraged to become ambassadors for the brand. Companies can use the bespoke website to access all key information they need and those making a direct enquiry will be connected to an expert team located at the LEP.
Statistics support Norfolk and Suffolk’s performance as a powerhouse in the key sectors at the heart of the campaign. The region provides 52% of the UK’s current 7.5GW capacity and its 1,000 wind turbines mean it has more installed offshore wind capacity than any other part of the UK.
The tech and digital creative sector has 4,000 companies employing 23,400 people and contributes £1.4 billion to the regional and national economy. Recognised tech clusters are centred on Norwich’s fast-growing digital creative hub and the centre of innovation in communications technology at Adastral Park and Innovation Martlesham near Ipswich.
Norfolk and Suffolk is also open to investment in agri-food. More than 80,000 people are employed in the sector and scientists are involving working at the leading-edge of new discoveries and technologies, in areas such as precision farming, animal health, crop disease control and prevention, and food in human health.
Jeanette Wheeler, a member of the New Anglia LEP board, said:
“The strong and clear message to companies around the world is that we are open to you and the potential in this region is unlimited. We have a rich and diverse talent pool, a wealth of high-tech assets and excellent connections to the rest of the UK and beyond. The quality of life also makes it an attractive location for recruiting and retaining the very best people.
“New businesses survive and thrive here better than across the UK as a whole and our economy has grown faster than many of the ‘powerhouse’ areas. The businesses of the future are being created right here and we have the support networks in place to help other companies benefit from Norfolk and Suffolk’s unlimited opportunities.”