The “ones to watch” debate new business growth

PUBLISHED: 13:09 30 March 2011

EDP Future 50 network dinner at Debut.; photo by Adrian Judd

EDP Future 50 network dinner at Debut.; photo by Adrian Judd

Archant Norfolk 2011

How do you create more entrepreneurs?

That was the key question debated by the EDP’s Future50 last night at a special dinner to look at how more people can be encouraged to start new businesses - and how to help existing businesses flourish.

The dinner, hosted by Kevin Horne of the enterprise group NWES and Russell Leggett of Lovewell Blake, saw entrepreneurs identified as “ones to watch” by the EDP and our Future50 judges gather at City College’s Debut Restaurant.

Run by City College’s Hotel School, Debut is itself fostering the potential culinary stars of tomorrow.

Discussion at the dinner ranged from the need for starter units in enterprise hubs for digital firms to the need for broadband in rural areas.

Guests at the event, who ranged from food and drink producers to software specialists, also talked about how businesses, especially those led by entrepreneurs, were engaging with the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership, a new public private sector partnership covering Norfolk and Suffolk and the concern it is led by the private sector.

•To read more about the views of the group read next week’s EDP business supplement.

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