1,000 jobs boost as enterprise plans for Norwich and King’s Lynn race ahead

Kevin Horne, NWES chief executive, at Rouen House in Norwich. Photo: Bill Smith Kevin Horne, NWES chief executive, at Rouen House in Norwich. Photo: Bill Smith

Wednesday, February 19, 2014
6:00 AM

The economic importance of start up businesses to Norfolk and Suffolk has been underscored by a major investment to create four new enterprise centres and 1,000 jobs.

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Norfolk and Waveney Enterprise Services (NWES) is accelerating plans to establish a £4m innovation centre in King’s Lynn alongside three start-up hubs in Norwich, Ipswich and Bury St Edmunds.

Kevin Horne, chief executive of NWES, said the centres will target underserved areas with strong economic potential – including a demand for premises from the digital and creative industries in Norwich.

It comes after the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership recently signed off a £2.5m loan to King’s Lynn Borough Council to part fund the West Norfolk innovation centre which will be delivered by NWES.

Mr Horne, who is spearheading the investment drive, said: “Over the last 15 years we have proven that such centres have a significant impact on the locality including the creation of quality sustainable jobs.

“We anticipate that this year alone NWES will create more than 1,000 jobs in the region. The successes of the centres and the exciting businesses that graduate from them have a positive impact by creating awareness of business opportunities and inspiring others to emulate that success. We are committed to providing a network of centres so that we can grow our local businesses and jobs and ensure that the profits remain in the local community rather than being repatriated elsewhere as is seen with inward investment and multinational companies.”

The new business centres have already opened at Rouen House in Norwich, Roseberry Court in Peterborough and Southgate Street in Bury St Edmunds, while the Kings Lynn Innovation Centre will open at the Nar Ouse Regeneration Area in late 2015. And NWES also confirmed that it was at the advanced stages of securing a second business centre in Norwich within the next few weeks.

Josh Davies, pictured, founder of Norwich-based Future 50 technology company FX Home, said the move will help nurture the region’s technology start-up community. “This will provide them with the infrastructure they need to grow,” he said.

“You don’t have to put down a huge deposit and you have the advantage of an easy in, easy out, tenancy if you want to be there for a short period of time.”

11 comments

  • A total waste of tax payers money - if someone wants to start a new business (as I have in the past), thats great. But, please don't waste tax payers money on grants for unsustainable business ideas that the banks won't lend to!

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    Norfolk John

    Friday, February 21, 2014

  • Just where do they get these figure from? Do they wake up during the night, thinking of a number, then double it, treble it and then multiply it by five until it sounds good and actually justifies their very existence?

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    Unemployed and Luvin it.

    Wednesday, February 19, 2014

  • "We anticipate that this year alone NWES will create more than 1,000 jobs in the region." Where is the evidence ?. No good reporting this when there is no evidence.

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    "V"

    Wednesday, February 19, 2014

  • Kevin. With the line "...or are they special jobs created just for yourselves ?." That was meant to mean "special jobs created by companies just for NWES". Sorry for the confusion. Also, why not get this paper to publish your report, or put it online ?

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    "V"

    Wednesday, February 19, 2014

  • Can you eat Pie in the Sky?

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    John L Norton

    Wednesday, February 19, 2014

  • BenGuest - the search for architects is on and expect to see activity on the ground later in the year!

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    Kevin Horne

    Wednesday, February 19, 2014

  • V, we produce an annual report which outlines what we do each year and I would be happy to provide you with one or pop in to our office and collect one. You would be most welcome to come and observe any of our activities, courses and advice sessions and talk to the people that we help. We are open and have nothing to hide - that is why we have survived 32 years! None of the jobs are our staff - we only have 80!

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    Kevin Horne

    Wednesday, February 19, 2014

  • Kevin. how about putting the evidence into print (obviously not peoples personal information though) about the creation of 1,000 jobs. Are any of these jobs advertised for all to see and apply for, or are they special jobs created just for yourselves ?.

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    "V"

    Wednesday, February 19, 2014

  • V - thanks for the clarification but again the answer is no! These are sustainable jobs with local businesses who have no connection with NWES other than that we helped them to start up and grow their business.Our annual report will be online in about 2 months time. The EDP report much of what we do so I am grateful to them for that but I doubt that our report would sell any papers!

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    Kevin Horne

    Wednesday, February 19, 2014

  • Thank you for reading the story! I appreciate that it is easy to constantly decry what others achieve but I would be happy to show any commentator what we do and some of the people that we have helped to create jobs for. EVERY job that we create is fully evidenced and last year we created c700 and this year we will create 1000. And all as a not for profit organisation..

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    Kevin Horne

    Wednesday, February 19, 2014

  • I am very much looking forward to seeing the new centre in Kings Lynn come out the ground. No doubt it will be an important economic driver for the town and another good news story in the regeneration of South Lynn.

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    BenGuest

    Wednesday, February 19, 2014

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