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The quality of life in Norwich and Norfolk is second to none. We are highly rated by those considering the best place to live and work. The beautiful countryside is quickly and easily accessible, even from the centre of the fine city of Norwich.
Whatever you want in life - wild, open spaces, tranquillity, culture, excitement or nightlife, you will find it here. Norfolk is a place where you can balance work and leisure to get the life you want for you, your business and your family.
Norfolk has excellent connectivity, for example:
- Trains run to London and Cambridge every 30 minutes and there is easy road access to East coast ports.
- The newly improved A11 Trunk Road provides a fast route from Norfolk to London and Cambridge. Close proximity to major shipping ports, including Eastport, Felixstowe and Harwich International.
- Norwich International Airport is 15 minutes from the city centre and provides worldwide linksvia four daily flights to Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport.
- Superfast broadband being rolled out across Norfolk – up to 100Mb/sec.
Norfolk has one of the most diverse economies in the UK. As such, it has a huge variety of employment opportunities to suit all interests and skill levels.
The Norfolk economy is diverse, and has been relatively unaffected by the economic downturn. Key sectors include: energy, engineering and advanced manufacturing, finance industries, food and agriculture, health and life science, tourism and creative/ICT.
Norfolk's key sectors are represented by world class industry groups.
Norfolk has an above average share of manufacturing jobs, particularly in food processing - Bernard Mathews, Kettle Foods, Kinnerton Confectionary and Pasta Foods are notable examples. Again, there is plenty of variety in Norfolk's major urban areas, but many of our largest food processing employers are located in rural areas, as are some of our other major manufacturers - Group Lotus (Norfolk's largest engineering company), Smurfitt Kappa, Banham Poultry and our boat building industry (the second largest community in the UK) is almost exclusively rural. Norwich is a major centre for the financial industries and one of the largest general insurance centres in Europe. One in three employees in Norwich works in finance and business services. Over 50 national, international and regional companies are based here including world class companies like Aviva, Marsh and Virgin Money.
Norfolk is also a major energy hub for the entire UK. For nearly years Norfolk has been the centre of the Southern North Sea production of oil and gas and it has now become a centre for the offshore renewables industry. Norfolk’s Enterprise Zone status in Great Yarmouth offers significant incentives for businesses locating themselves here.
Ground breaking research into future sciences is supported by the team at the Norwich Research Park (NRP), a centre for research and development, it is one of Europe's largest single-site concentrations of expertise in food, health and environmental sciences, which is underpinned by its research strengths in plant and microbial sciences, diet and nutrition, biomedicine and pharmacy, chemistry and social and computing sciences. The NRP is rapidly growing its commercial activities with 55ha or land ear-marked for science and technology related business development with an aim to create 5,000 new scientific jobs in the next 10-15 years.
For information on financial assistance to support your business to grow in Norfolk, please visit: www.newanglia.co.uk
For information on how to start up a business in Norfolk and the free support offered, please visit: www.norfolk.gov.uk/enterprisenorfolk