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Better together: How can business and education work together to boost the region through Industrial Strategy?

PUBLISHED: 13:00 14 March 2018 | UPDATED: 13:01 14 March 2018

Prof Fiona Lettice speaking at the UEA's Industrial Strategy Business Breakfast. Picture: UEA

Prof Fiona Lettice speaking at the UEA's Industrial Strategy Business Breakfast. Picture: UEA

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Industry leaders gathered to discuss how business and education can work together to make the most of the government’s Industrial Strategy.

Prof David Richardson, UEA vice-chancellor, speaking at the university's Industrial Strategy Business Breakfast. Picture: UEA.Prof David Richardson, UEA vice-chancellor, speaking at the university's Industrial Strategy Business Breakfast. Picture: UEA.

A business breakfast was hosted by the University of East Anglia at Norwich Cathedral to explore what the initiative could mean for the region.

Announced in November, the Industrial Strategy sets out how ministers want to improve productivity, tackle challenges and build partnerships between industry and government.

It is built around five themes – ideas, people, infrastructure, business environment and place – and guests at the breakfast discussed how each could be strengthened in Norfolk, with support from the university.

UEA vice chancellor Prof David Richardson said: “The industrial strategy is ambitious but it is great to see UEA and Norwich Research Park identified as key to its success locally.

Rebecca Lewis-Smith, UEA alumnus and managing director of digital marketing agency Fountain Partnership also spoke at the UEA's Industrial Strategy Business Breakfast. Picture: UEA.Rebecca Lewis-Smith, UEA alumnus and managing director of digital marketing agency Fountain Partnership also spoke at the UEA's Industrial Strategy Business Breakfast. Picture: UEA.

“Part of our vision 2030 is to deepen UEA’s engagement with our community, particularly with business and enterprise.

“As local organisations, we must continue to work together to develop partnerships and leverage investment in this region.”

Prof Fiona Lettice added: “We have world class research and expertise to share and by working together on the four challenge areas and five foundations we can learn from each other’s good practice and innovate to accelerate economic growth and productivity within the region and beyond.”

In October, UEA received a share of £4.7m of Higher Education Innovation funding to support and develop collaborations with business through projects linked to the Industrial Strategy.

Johnathan Reynolds, director of Nautilus Associates, speaking about the potential of the offshore energy industry at the UEA's Industrial Strategy Business Breakfast. Picture: UEA.Johnathan Reynolds, director of Nautilus Associates, speaking about the potential of the offshore energy industry at the UEA's Industrial Strategy Business Breakfast. Picture: UEA.

Also speaking at the event was Johnathan Reynolds, director of Nautilus Associates, who spoke about the potential of the strategy for the offshore energy sector, saying it presented “a massive opportunity to do things differently and collaborate”.

Rebecca Lewis-Smith, UEA alumnus and managing director at Fountain Partnership, a digital marketing agency, said a focus on people was welcome.

“The way the service industry treats its people in order to develop a healthy and happy workforce is crucial in delivering successful services,” she said.

Among the guests were the East of England Co-op Society, New Anglia LEP, Norfolk Chamber, Barclays, the FSB , Jarrold and Norwich City Council.


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