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Let’s B Positive!: Four cheerful business news articles for Norfolk
Norfolk is a leading centre for UK’s offshore wind
Norfolk and Suffolk have been named as the UK’s leading centre for offshore wind and the Norfolk and Suffolk Offshore Wind Cluster has been launched to bring together the biggest names in the industry.
The cluster, which has more installed capacity than any other UK region, is fast becoming UK’s energy epicentre. Nearly 4GW of offshore wind power is operational off the region, accounting for 52 percent of the UK’s current 7.5GW installed capacity. The cumulative capacity in operations and development off the area is 14.5GW. This could already deliver 50 percent of Government’s targets for 2030.
The cluster will also help create more than 6,000 well-paid skilled jobs and unlock investment in the local area from the opportunities in the whole sector.
UEA Institute of Productivity gets the green light
A £7.4 million Institute of Productivity is to be created at UEA, helping to educate the next generation of digitally aware engineers and business leaders within modern engineering facilities.
The Institute of Productivity will deliver a new regional hub for engineering, technology and management, enabling UEA to create a dedicated School of Engineering by 2021.
There will be workshops dedicated to advanced robotics, a 3D printing studio, a digital design lab and a shared studio space. And, as well as enrolling an additional 1,268 new engineering students and learners within the first five years, UEA will work in close partnership with local Further Education colleges to share engineering facilities and collaborate on closing the engineering skills gap.
Norfolk Enterprise Festival Charter set to enhance Norfolk
At this year’s Norfolk Enterprise Festival, the ‘Charter for Small & Medium Sized (SMEs) in Norfolk’ was launched. Led by local business leaders, the Charter was created in response to a workshop held at last year’s festival, where attendees voted on their main concerns surrounding the economy in Norfolk.
Top issues being the physical and mental isolation local business owners feel within the county.
To combat these issues the charter presents three aims as part of its 3-year vision:
Firstly, to enhance sharing to become a SME community which actively communicates, collaborates and shares knowledge and ideas to support each other. Secondly, to provide a supportive ecosystem; an environment which invests time and money into resources to help ambitious SMEs prosper whilst protecting our natural resources. And thirdly, to put happiness first; driving and measuring SME success, not just by financial growth, but by reducing isolation and enhancing wellbeing.
Local company wins national award
In its 20th year of trading, Abate Pest Management Services based in Morley St Botolph, has been crowned the Small Company of the Year at the British Pest Management Awards. The awards ceremony took place during PestEx, the UK’s largest trade exhibition and conference for the pest control industry, held at London ExCeL.
During the past 12 months, Abate has seen a significant uplift in business. It also recently announced its national franchising plans to build a network of pest management operations throughout the UK.
Managing Director, Jon Blake said, “We are delighted to have won this award which was independently judged by a select panel of industry experts. This doesn’t happen without a team and I am proud of everyone at Abate. The 20 years of hard work has paid off!”