We’re all familiar with the location of West Norfolk, but its commercial geography is interesting in that it’s part of two local enterprise partnerships – New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership for Norfolk and Suffolk and Greater Peterborough Greater Cambridge Local Enterprise Partnership
This engagement with planning for the future typifies the innovative spirit of the region’s businesses and underlines its promise. At the heart of that potential is the King’s Lynn to Downham Market corridor. The LEPs and local authorities have identified this as a key growth area that will support growth in hi-tech manufacturing, advanced engineering, food, farming and agri-tech and digital research.
Local plans envisage the creation of a rapid prototyping and precision engineering centre. The National Construction College at Bircham Newton already provides training for more than 30,000 people each year making it the largest construction training provider in Europe and an essential resource given that the region’s targeted potential growth leading up to 2021 is for 5,000 new jobs and 8,000 new houses.
The economic climate is changing, and West Norfolk is ready to seize the opportunities that will arise as we move out of recession.
We see West Norfolk as an integral and essential part of our strategy. Success for the region could be defined by its encompassing employment growth opportunities, housing growth, improved infrastructure and superfast broadband. Our aim is to lobby for support in all of those areas’.
Although understandably tempered by the caution born out of the recent demanding conditions the overall feeling already emerging is one of new found confidence.