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£32m cash boost for projects across Norfolk and Suffolk

Published: Tuesday, 4th August 2020

Projects across Norfolk and Suffolk which will benefit from a £32.1m Government funding boost have been announced today (Tues 4th).

New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership announced in early July that it had been awarded £32.1m as part of the Government’s Getting Building Fund, which will help deliver jobs, skills and infrastructure in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Today, the list of projects which will be delivered with the new funding has been announced.

It includes the Development of the Food Innovation Centre, Broadland the creation of an energy sector Operations and Maintenance campus in Great Yarmouth, a new Integrated Care System Academy at the University of Suffolk and additional funding for New Anglia LEP’s Business Resilience and Recovery Scheme which offers grants to businesses as they recover from the effects of the pandemic.

Together, the projects will:

  • Create 1,100 new jobs
  • Safeguard more than 2,900 jobs
  • Unlock a further £85m of private and public sector investment
  • Assist more than 500 new learners
  • Deliver more than 1,000 new superfast broadband connections

Under the Government’s criteria, projects had to be deliverable within 18 months and link with the region’s Economic Strategy, Economic Recovery Restart Plan, and the Government’s Recovery Plan. They also need to deliver clear economic outputs, such as jobs, housing, or apprenticeships.

Doug Field, chair of New Anglia LEP, said:

“These projects will help us deliver on our ambitions to be a fantastic place to live, work and learn. From providing new community facilities and training centres to redeveloping our town centres and supporting our key sectors, the projects will accelerate local growth and support our economic recovery.

It shows the Government’s commitment to our area and allows us to work with partners to bring forward key infrastructure projects and help us achieve the goals in the new Economic Recovery Restart Plan and Economic Strategy.”

Leader of Broadland District Council, Cllr Shaun Vincent said:

“This is excellent news for Broadland and for the whole area that will enable this exciting project move forward. The core objective of the Food Innovation Centre is to promote growth in the food and drink sector and to encourage and support food and drink processing and production businesses in Norfolk.

“The Centre offers a unique opportunity to capitalise on locally grown produce and the existing knowledge base at the Norwich Research Park.  We are also delighted that New Anglia LEP , the  Quadram Institute, the University of East Anglia, Hethel Innovation, Easton College and Norwich City College are supporting the delivery of this innovative project .”

The full list of approved projects:

  • Redevelopment of Burtons building, Ipswich
  • Redevelopment of Cornhill, Bury St Edmunds
  • Micro generation and storage of electricity on car parks in Babergh and Mid Suffolk
  • Extending full fibre broadband in Suffolk
  • East Suffolk Market Towns project
  • Integrated Care System Academy at the University of Suffolk
  • Great Yarmouth seafront regeneration
  • Operations and Maintenance Campus, Great Yarmouth
  • North Walsham Town Centre Revitalisation
  • Extending ultra-fast broadband infrastructure in Norfolk
  • Enterprise Zone Accelerator Fund
  • Extension to New Anglia LEP’s Business Resilience and Recovery Scheme

Over 300 successful projects in England will receive a share of the £900m Getting Building Fund, which was announced by the Prime Minister in June, to invest in shovel-ready housing and infrastructure projects, creating jobs and supporting economic recovery across the country.

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