Businesses across Norwich could receive a shot in the arm should the government back plans to create an enterprise zone in Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft, according to backers of the scheme.

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The government is establishing 21 Enterprise Zones across England, which will benefit from simplified planning rules and a business rate discount for new and expanding businesses.

New Anglia, the Local Enterprise Partnership (Lep), is supporting a proposal put together by the Norfolk and Suffolk Energy Alliance centred on the energy industry, aimed at attracting new firms to set up at seven sites in the Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft areas.

New Anglia chairman Andy Wood said the Enterprise Zone could create up to 2,000 jobs and attract 80 businesses by 2015 and 13,500 jobs and 200 businesses over the lifetime of the zone.

Any increase in business rates will be retained by the Lep to support economic development across the area, including Norwich – which could generate up to £200m over the next 25 years and create more than 10,000 additional jobs.

But supporters also believe that firms in the city will also see a direct spin-off should the plans get the green light.

Norwich South MP Simon Wright, pictured below, said the bid had the support of all nine Norfolk MPs – and with plans to allow New Anglia to spend some of the additional business rates locally, that could also bring extra investment benefits to the city.

“We recognise the significant growth potential that there is in the energy sector including in low carbon and renewables including here in Norwich,” Mr Wright said.

“This bid will bring jobs to Norwich as we have a number of companies involved in the supply chain. If it’s successful and we get the expected £50bn investment in the energy industry, Norwich will see considerable benefits.”

Norwich North MP Chloe Smith, pictured below left, said: “A zone encouraging business activity in Yarmouth is good for Norwich because so many more jobs will bring more spending to the area. The supply chain for firms in the energy industries spreads through the whole county, and people will naturally want to shop and spend leisure time in Norwich and maybe live here. That’s good for the whole area, and is why I supported the bid, when no obvious Norwich option was feasible.”

Ann Steward, cabinet member for economic development at Norfolk County Council and Norfolk and Suffolk Energy Alliance chairman, said the bid “ticks all the boxes”.

Caroline Williams, chief executive of the Norfolk chamber of commerce, said: “Norfolk Chamber sees this as a great opportunity to attract new significant businesses into the area to enhance and provide new opportunities for Norfolk’s supply chain.”

Launched by chancellor George Osborne, the proposed enterprise zones are part of the coalition government’s attempts to deliver growth and new jobs, as well as re-balancing the economy away from an over-reliance on the public sector and the City of London.

Businesses within the proposed zones would benefit from a reduction in business rates, a relaxation of planning rules to encourage development and the roll-out of superfast broadband.

Do you have a business story? Contact reporter Shaun Lowthorpe on 01603 772471 or email shaun.lowthorpe@archant.co.uk

13 comments

  • T.J. & D.T. yes we do need a Public Inquiry and if you spent you time asking for one instead of buttering up your cronies the sooner all these blogs and letter writing would stop

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    John L Cooper

    Thursday, August 4, 2011

  • I know I'm in the minority on here, but I for one would rather have the thing in the town than not have it. I think the council did a good job to get it here, despite the lack of ferry service. The Port Authority did nothing but talk about getting it built for years. What I want to know is if you get your public inquiry, what's your end game for all this campaigning? You want the thing deconstructed and whatever energy sector knock-on work it is bringing to town to disappear? Perhaps we can all take a drive along that land again and look out to sea at the further lack of boats that are arriving as a result of your negativity.

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    DT

    Thursday, August 4, 2011

  • Tom, come to Gorleston Pier today at 11-00 hours get out of your cottonwool ball and see the real worl

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    John L Cooper

    Thursday, August 4, 2011

  • DT and GYBC sitting in a tree. K.I.S.S.I.N.G......What a blinkered fool.There is so much that needs uncovering surrounding this Outer harbour,if you let them hide this all up for thirty years and get away with it,well simply this cannot happen!

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    wes1975

    Thursday, August 4, 2011

  • Mr Cooper, I assure you I am not. I am a ratepayer like you who, but one who is pleased that our Councils and others seem to be trying their best to bring investment into Norfolk. I was on holiday on the south coast last month, and everyone down there was celebrating the Enterprise Zone bid that has been submitted for Bognor Regis. But, you and your ilk seem to use every opportunity to pursue a battle that few of the rest of us are interested in and furthermore, no one in any kind of authority seems to give any creedence whatsoever. Every story I look at, that has the slightest connection to Gt Yarmouth or the port seems to give you the excuse to trot out the same barely legible claptrap. Find another cause for heaven's sake.

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    Tom Jeffries

    Wednesday, August 3, 2011

  • That picture really shows Cllr Ames in his prime.Morbidly obese.

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    wes1975

    Wednesday, August 3, 2011

  • Hello DT like Tom Jeffries instead of knocking me and those that are trying to get answers as to why NCC, GYBC, GYPA, gave away a £45 million Port to two people that formed a company supposedly “port orientated” just a few months before contracts were signed with out retaining any voting or veto share. That are powerless to intervene in the dilapidated pier the rundown river quays why they retained the liabilities for the ratepayers giving all the assets away with no representation on the new owners board. You would do well to use your intellect to get answers. If that is an action you care not to take I can only assume you are in the pocket of one of the aforementioned groups above. Yes a Public Inquiry is needed because YOU are in the minority if you believe we have value for money, at the moment we have an outer harbour unfit for purpose and a river port getting into as near a sorry state as the Pier. You are both short on facts and should spend your time on finding out what really happened to this long awaited saviour of the Borough

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    John L Cooper

    Wednesday, August 3, 2011

  • No wonder the Borough is in such a state when people like Tom Jeffries sidle up to our MP and councillors telling them what wonderful fellows they are. Enterprise Zone, Rubbish it will be another 1st East or EEDA, run by people like Tom Jeffries that believe all that councillors and MPs tell them. Thankfully there are not many who live in fluffy white clouds as he does. Instead of being so trappy come to Gorleston Pier at 11-00 today and meet the Ratepayers that live in the real world

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    John L Cooper

    Thursday, August 4, 2011

  • Tom Jefferies and DT its obvious you are parrots for either NCC, GYBC, GYPA, or GYPC and secretly would like to learn more about how the ratepayers lost out. If so email me saveourport@byinternet.com let me send you a few facts that it seems you are short of, the same offer to DT

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    John L Cooper

    Wednesday, August 3, 2011

  • DT. If you went into a sweet shop and bought a £1 bar of chocolate gave a £5 note but you received no change, That is what we are talking about. We should not be paying liabilities out of Rates, We should have retained the Freehold of the Pier, The deal sold to the Stakeholders was, The GYPA should retain 50% share and be equal say as Partners. That is what we want a Public Inquiry for

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    John L Cooper

    Thursday, August 4, 2011

  • The Enterprise Zone, I will say like many companies in the Borough that the area controlled by Great Yarmouth Port Company will be the main beneficiary having 90% of the area to gain from the EZ. That being the case perhaps our MP can ensure the main beneficiary repairs the Gorleston Pier up to the same standard that it was two years before our council gave the freehold to IPH in 2007. As the pier is in the EZ repairing it would benefit all those small retail businesses that rely on summer trade, which nearly all comes into the town in cars, (we have no bus service). Cars need parking! Being in the EZ the GYPC IPH should encompass the Pier now they have the Freehold. This way will make absolute sure that some local companies will benefit a little, and Gorleston will have its tourist attraction back

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    John L Cooper

    Wednesday, August 3, 2011

  • Tom Jefferies. There is one difference. Bognor Regis council probably do not waste their money. All the money the "vested interest" councillors here get is either wasted, spent on the cesspit seafront or not spent on what it was ment to be spent on. To put it another way, Yarmouth gets regeneration money under false pretences.

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    Karl Hunter

    Thursday, August 4, 2011

  • Mr Cooper, having asked the question whether you are right or wrong on another thread, you persist in peddling this utter nonsense. Will you do us all a favour and shut up unless you have something genuinely insightful, interesting or true to say. I have absolutely no idea why you persist in stating that the Port Company will be a 90% beneficiary, or a beneficiary at all for that matter. Another article suggests the City is going to benefit. That money is going to have to do an awful lot of work!. You should write children's fiction, your imagination is that fevered and rambling.

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    Tom Jeffries

    Wednesday, August 3, 2011

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