A Message from the Chairman
This is a challenging time for our economy, but the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership also thinks it’s an exciting one.
That’s why we’re working to help new and existing businesses across Norfolk and Suffolk find and exploit the opportunities that every challenge presents.
Our main aims are to create more private sector jobs and get rid of the barriers that prevent businesses growing. We want to encourage business start-ups, and allow existing businesses to grow and become more competitive. We want to clear the way for businesses to develop and innovate, bringing prosperity and global recognition to our key business sectors.
Our immediate priorities are to look closely at the tourism and energy sectors and provide support for businesses, especially small and medium sized enterprises, to enable them to grow. These sectors have significant potential for growth and a lot of hard work has already been done here. Of course, this doesn’t mean we’re forgetting other sectors; it’s just that such a major task needs clear priorities.
New Anglia is also strongly committed to leading the UK's transition to a green economy. We've created a manifesto which sets out our goals, aspirations and features business case studies or businesses at the cutting edge of the green economy.
We will share our knowledge and expertise across the UK and intend to place the green economy right at the heart of business success - because it makes good business sense.
We’ll work to improve infrastructure, such as developing better broadband and the rail link from Norwich to London. We also need to ensure that the promised dualling of the A11 is undertaken as soon as possible.
What’s more, we’ll make sure the subject of economic development here in Norfolk and Suffolk is raised in Whitehall and with our elected representatives. This is a great opportunity for the two counties to work together, prosper and ensure we compete not only on a national level, but also internationally.
The New Anglia board has a simple structure of seven business leaders; my colleagues are pictured above, six local authority representatives and a representative from Higher/Further Education. My colleagues on the board and across the partnership know the realities of working to make a business succeed, and I am delighted to be working with them. To learn more about our board members, click on the link to the left of the page.
We will ensure economic development is at the heart of what we do, and at the heart of the future for our region.
Please do register on the website, so we can keep you informed of developments, progress and opportunities.
Dr Andy Wood, Chairman
Living and doing business in East Anglia.