The New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) drives growth and enterprise across Norfolk and Suffolk.
New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership was established by Government in 2010. They are a unique business-led collaboration between the private, public and education sectors across Norfolk and Suffolk. Their ambition is to transform the local economy into a global centre for talent and innovation. A key part of that is funding and supporting businesses that want to invest and grow. The New Anglia LEP also helps to fund major infrastructure projects across Norfolk.
Please contact New Anglia LEP to see how they can support your business.
Other support networks in Norfolk
Norfolk offers a strong support network of industry led organisations, including:
- Buy Local Norfolk is a not-for-profit ‘social enterprise’ which has developed a unique accreditation process for identifying businesses genuinely local to Norfolk. This is extremely important because truly local businesses keep a significantly higher proportion of money flowing within the local economy, thereby supporting local jobs, local distinctiveness and local communities in the most sustainable way possible.
- East of England Energy Group (EEEGR) - The East of England Energy Group (EEEGR) is the industry association for energy in the East of England, representing over 400 members across the supply chain. EEEGR is a non-profit, business-led group committed to the sustained development of the energy sector in the East of England and the continued success of their members. EEEGR is committed to the delivery of benefits to their members through a comprehensive programme of events and industry led activities.
Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) - The FSB is the UK's Leading Business Organisation and have been supporting small businesses for over 40 years with their member benefits package. Each FSB member gains access to services which can help protect your business, save money and grow. Also contact Kieran Miles Chair of the FSB Young Members Group in Norfolk, if you are a young entrepreneur looking for networking, support and advice.
Hethel Engineering Centre (HEC) - Hethel Innovation can provide the tools and advice for your innovation journey. Hethel Innovation can help your business to explore the innovation potential in your organisation, develop innovation strategies to drive your organisation forward and create a culture of innovation in your organisation and workforce. With a firm grounding in the Advanced Engineering and Manufacturing sectors, and the related growing sectors of Clean Technology, Low Carbon Vehicles, Clean Energy, Advanced Composites and Environment, Hethel Innovation can support businesses to start-up and grow.
Norfolk Chamber of Commerce - Owned and directed by its business members, the chamber supports and represents businesses of all shapes and sizes, and in all sectors. Crucially, it allows small businesses to meet both with other like-minded small-business owners as well as have access to decision makers of larger Norfolk organisations. There are commercial benefits for members, such as free legal and HR support, financial solutions, a range of discounted health care schemes and more.
Norfolk Knowledge - Norfolk Knowledge recruit a number of experienced business professionals to join as Members to help mentor young or start up businesses who are in need of help and advice. Such advice could be in the form of helping small to medium businesses, as well as third sector organisations through the various challenges that they may face. Norfolk Knowledge recruits members with a wide range of skills from senior finance/banking specialists through to IT consultants and engineers. Norfolk Knowledge also provides free business support and guidance through the network of experienced Members.
Norfolk Network - Norfolk Network is the peer support and knowledge community for progressive businesses people, running monthly distinguished speaker and networking events. Norfolk Network works closely with the local universities and City College Norwich, giving their members access to emerging business talent.
- NWES - Offer a complete reception service across their offices, light-industrial units and creative hubs with up-to-date technology, and executive meeting and conference facilities. All this on 'easy-in, easy-out' terms, which means you will not be tied into a long-term lease. As well as housing your business in a professional and supportive environment, 1-to-1 advice from impartial business advisers, training courses including personal and business skills, and access to an enterprise loan fund for those who have been refused finance from a bank is available.
- Sync Norwich - SyncNorwich strives to build a thriving technology community and enable local business growth. With over 950 members, Sync Norwich is a welcoming network, encouraging discussions about startups, mobile apps, web development, agile and lean processes, user experience design, entrepreneurship and much more. Sync Norwich hosts monthly meet ups that attract speakers from all over the country. All events are free to attend and everyone is welcome.
Please visit the organisation websites to find out more information on news, events and business support.
UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) is the UK Government Department that helps UK-based companies succeed in global markets, and assists overseas firms in bringing their high-quality investment to the UK.
UKTI's International Trade Advisors have years of business experience to draw on when advising companies. In 96 markets based in the British Embassies and other Diplomatic offices around the world, UKTI staff can offer local, in-market knowledge and expertise.
Support programmes include:
- Export Communications Review (ECR) Assesses the way companies communicate with overseas customers and makes practical recommendations for improvement.
- Export Market Research Scheme (EMRS) Offers support, advice and some grant funding to eligible companies wishing to research and a potential export market.
- Gateway to Global Growth (G3) A service for more experienced exporters. It offers focussed planning, advice and support to help companies to build on their previous success and develop new overseas markets.
- Overseas Market Introduction Service (OMIS) A tailored service by overseas teams to access market and industry information, identify potential contacts or assist in planning an event. This service attracts a charge.
- Passport to Export (P2E) Provides new and inexperienced exporters with the training, planning advice and ongoing support they need to succeed overseas.
For more information on any of the above schemes, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org