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Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne delivers his keynote speech on the second day of the Conservative Party Conference at Manchester Central in Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday September 30, 2013. See PA story TORY Osborne. Photo credit should read: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire
Thursday, October 31, 2013
Senior business figures from across Norfolk are to quiz chancellor George Osborne on what measures the government is taking to help the economy both nationally and closer to home.
Andrew Sherwood – Human Resources Director, Bernard Matthews
Can the government give a commitment to provide certainty with green energy taxes moving forward to provide the confidence to allow investments to continue to be made in this sector?
Saul Humphrey – Managing Director, RG Carter
What more can we all do together for the benefit of Norfolk and the East of England to help accelerate the economic recovery, help achieve our carbon reduction commitment and to assist our country to grow its economy in a sustainable manner?
Gerard Mulqueen – Business Unit Director, Germains Seed Technology
What proportion, and in what form will funding be available for the Agri-tech cluster in Norfolk?
Sally Ann Forsyth – Chief Executive, Norwich Research Partners
What role does the Minister see for Norwich Research Park in supporting the commercialisation of UK leading science to generate growing companies and how will the Government help it to achieve this?
Robert Ashton – Founder, The Barefoot Entrepreneur
What support can Norfolk expect to enable us to create a new model of apprenticeship delivery in a rural area?
Carole Osborne – Client Service Director, Osbornenash
When we started osbornenash, the banks wouldn’t lend us any money for start-up costs, such as computers etc. and during tricky cashflow months they wouldn’t extend our overdraft to help us pay staff or suppliers. What help is now available to businesses today in a similar position?
Mr Osborne has agreed to meet with Norfolk Chamber members next Thursday during a special “audience with” session after the chamber worked with Great Yarmouth MP Brandon Lewis to help secure the visit.
Ian Hacon, new president of Norfolk Chamber and managing director of Blue Sky Leisure, will set the scene ahead of the “audience with” session highlighting to the Chancellor the key successes and challenges Norfolk businesses face.
And six Norfolk firms will outline to the chancellor what they would like to see the government concentrate on to ensure that they continue to grow.
The six businesses presenting to the Chancellor are Bernard Matthews, Norwich Research Partners, Barefoot Entrepreneur, Osborne & Nash, Germains Seed Technology and RG Carter Ltd. As well as highlighting key successes of their businesses they will each be highlighting areas where they would like the Government to go further to enable their businesses to grow.
Members have also submitted questions on a range of topics from health and safety, green energy taxes, government support to the Agri-tech sector, upgrades to the A47, tolling the A14, boosting skills among young people, and the prospects for the region doing more trade with China in the wake of the chancellor’s recent visit to the Far East.
Caroline Williams CEO Norfolk Chamber said: “This is a great opportunity to show him how dynamic Norfolk businesses are and to lobby him to secure his commitment to provide us with what we need to grow our businesses.”
Ian Hacon President Norfolk Chamber said “We have a fantastic opportunity to talk to the Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne about what a great place Norfolk is to do business and how, with the right support in place, it could be even greater”.
Norwich North MP Chloe Smith, who will also be joining the chancellor for the event, said the session would allow for a “strong discussion”.
“It’s important that the Chancellor hears it direct from Norwich and Norfolk businesses about the infrastructure we need to help our county thrive,” she said.
“I will be emphasising our rail line to the chancellor, which needs investment and could bring many more jobs to our area.”
Heavy machinery is being transported along the River Yare for the first time in 25 years as British Sugar ships 270 tonnes of energy saving equipment to its Cantley processing factory.