Norfolk firms’ expansion plans fuelled by renewables

Growth in the renewable energy industry is helping to fuel growth for two Norfolk-based firms.

Commercial property specialists Arnolds yesterday officially opened a new office at the Orbis Energy Centre in Lowestoft aimed at taking advantage of the proposed enterprise zone for the town and neighbouring Great Yarmouth.

Meanwhile more than 15 new staff, including 11 graduates and school leavers, have been recruited in East Anglia by PKF Accountants and business advisors during the summer, fuelled by the predicted growth in renewable energy with the tally expected to double.

Guy Gowing managing partner at Arnolds, said: 'We realised that Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft were putting together a good case for the enterprise zone and we were ready to pounce as soon as it got the go-ahead. It's really to try to help companies through the process of expanding into that area.

'We have already been instructed on two of the six sites. If somebody is looking for a new site we can do a comparative analysis between the six sites and the wider area.

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Michael Muskett, senior partner for PKF in East Anglia, said the expansion in Norwich, Yarmouth and Ipswich offices would help grow the firm's presence in the renewables energy market developing off the region's coast.

'We are committed to being a leader in the market and to demonstrate to companies operating in the North Sea and onshore that they can find the professional support they need on their doorstep,' he said.

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'Our service focuses on the specific needs of each client but we can back that up with an international network. It means the client does not have to travel, yet if they are anywhere in the world there is a friendly representative nearby.

'That's how we see the sector devel-oping and there are rich opportunities in Norfolk and the rest of the region.'

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