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Businesses discover that they have made it into the new look Future50

12:41 19 November 2015

Future50 launch. Left to right, Hollie Lambert from Progress Recruitment, Laura Rycroft from Progress Recruitment and Sally Harding from Liquid11.
Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Future50 launch. Left to right, Hollie Lambert from Progress Recruitment, Laura Rycroft from Progress Recruitment and Sally Harding from Liquid11. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Archant Norfolk 2015

Members of the new look Future50 were revealed at a launch meeting held at Redwell Brewery in Norwich on Wednesday.

Future50 launch.
Picture: ANTONY KELLYFuture50 launch. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

The list is comprised of companies from across the two counties which will now be eligible to apply for a slice of the government’s £1.26m Regional Growth Fund to create 200 jobs.

Applicants were selected after consideration by an investment panel and as member businesses they will have access to free business advice, support and mentoring.

A second round of applications is planned for 2016 and of the businesses selected 31 were Norfolk based and 19 from Suffolk.

Members heard details of the benefits of being part of Future50 including access to a programme of events and masterclasses throughout the course of the programme which aims to bring companies together so that they can discuss common issues facing them on their growth journey.

The launch event also saw Patrick Fisher, one of the founders of Redwell talk about how the business had got to where it is today, while members also had a chance to meet each other for the first time.

The Future50 programme is supported by a number of partners including Nwes, Birketts, Lovewell Blake, Barclays, the University of East Anglia, and Archant, publishers of the EDP and East Anglian Daily Times.

Richard Voisey, senior business advisor Nwes, said: “A Future50 business is one that’s going to make a real impact on the economy of Norfolk and Suffolk. It’s going to have drive and ambition, create jobs, invest money and make Norfolk and Suffolk a better place to live and work.

“An added bonus of the Future50 programme is the opportunity to take advantage of a grant and every single business within the membership can claim up to £50,000 of grant money. That’s going to help them to drive that business forward that little bit quicker, develop better jobs and put more infrastructure into their businesses to make their business that much better.”

Simon Watson, corporate business partner at Lovewell Blake, said: “Future50 is really the opportunity for ambitious minds to meet to spend time together to discuss business issues among fellow entrepreneurs. There’s been many instances where Future50 has become the background where businesses can work together, collaborate and share business ideas.

Adrian Possener, partner at Birketts, said: “We are looking for companies that are exciting, have lots of prospects, bags of potential and ones that are well-run.”

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