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Business leaders to discuss the future of North Norfolk

PUBLISHED: 12:30 21 September 2017 | UPDATED: 13:34 21 September 2017

Andy Bullen, from Sheringham Chamber of Trade. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

Andy Bullen, from Sheringham Chamber of Trade. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

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Business leaders in North Norfolk will be discussing the district’s commercial future at a meeting in Sheringham next week.

The meeting, organised by the Sheringham Chamber of Trade and the Cromer Chamber of Trade, will invite business leaders and owners to share their issues with operating in the area.

Main issues expected to be raised at the meeting include internet connectivity and accessibility.

Andy Bullen is the treasurer of the Sheringham Chamber of Trade

He said: “I’ve been a member of the chamber for 30 years and have never heard of an event like this.

“It’s been one-to-one meetings or surgeries organised the MP, but here we’ll be pulling together central government, local governments, town councils as well as members of the police and the business community.”

Among the list of attendees will be North Norfolk MP Norman Lamb, Nigel Best who is the New Anglia Growth Hub manager as well as Sheringham mayor David Gooch and Cromer mayor John Frosdick.

North Norfolk District Council leader Tom FitzPatrick will be chairing the meeting, and will be delegating questions from the floor to members of the panel.

Mr Bullen continued: “The purpose of this meeting is to find out what businesses really want.

“NNDC is currently putting together its localised plan for the next five to seven years, for housing and so on, and with the wheels already in motion we wanted to provide the opportunity to hear what businesses want, straight from the horse’s mouth.”

But a main concern for the traders will be retaining the coast’s unique character.

Mr Bullen continued: “What we don’t want to lose is the reason that people come here in the first place.

“People come here and move here for the scenery and the peace and quiet away from the city.

“We don’t want to be building casinos or anything like that, because that would ruin what makes it so special here.”

Mr Bullen is also inviting any businesses in Sheringham or Cromer to the meeting, which will be at Sheringham Golf Club from 6pm on Tuesday.

Individuals merely need to email economic.growth@north-norfolk.gov.uk to say they will be attending, or call 01263 516 009.

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