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By annabelle dickson
Sunday, March 25, 2012
East Anglia’s life science ‘triangle’ is to be the next focus for securing growth as the New Anglia local enterprise partnership (LEP) gets set to look west to secure future opportunities.
Speaking ahead of the New Anglia LEP’s annual conference next week, chairman Andy Wood highlighted the region’s life science “triangle” – which includes Norwich Research Park, businesses in Ipswich and the equine industry at Newmarket.
Since its formation, the LEP has secured an enterprise zone targeting the offshore energy industry at Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft.
Mr Wood said: “If the benefits in the east coast take off then it will benefit all of Norfolk and Suffolk. Equally, we want to turn our attention in 2012 and beyond to other areas within the LEP boundary.
“There are some fantastic opportunities in the west of Norfolk and Suffolk,” he added. “This is all about working across Norfolk and Suffolk. It is not just about the east coast.”
The conference – which will be held at the John Innes Centre in Norwich on Tuesday -– will also reflect on achievements for the region over the last year.
Mr Wood said it had been a busy year for the LEP and as well as working to secure significant opportunities that exist for the offshore renewables industry and the potential development of new nuclear facilities in Suffolk, the LEP would shortly start delivering some £12m of growing places funds to kick-start the small projects across Norfolk and Suffolk.
As well as reflecting on the achievements of the LEP and looking at future projects, the conference will also be a chance for delegates to hear from local business leaders and keynote speaker, the Institute of Directors’ chief economist and director of policy Graeme Leach, who will give his views on the current and future economy and the opportunities it can present.
Mr Wood said delegates would have the opportunity of asking Mr Leach questions on important economic issues which might affect our business community, in what he said promised to be a lively question-and-answer session.
The event will also cover opportunities in the green economy, the enterprise zone and the Port of Felixstowe. There will also be the launch of new sector strategies and information on a business information portal to support firms.
For information and to book a place visit www.newangliabooking.co.uk