“We are leading the recovery” says chairman of Suffolk and Norfolk business body

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The chairman of a business body for Suffolk and Norfolk, says new research shows the counties are helping drag the UK’s economy towards health.

A quarterly survey by employment specialists Manpower found the East had the largest number of employerss expecting to take on staff over the next three months.

Meanwhile the Lloyds TSB Purchasing Manager’s Index for the East, reported its biggest ever growth.

This week New Anglia LEP (Local Enterprise Partnership) held a skills summit in Suffolk, ahead of another one in Norfolk next week.

Its chairman Andy Wood OBE said: “The facts are clear. This region is leading the way out of recession and it is really excellent news for business.

“Our skills summits will build on the really good work undertaken in skills, to help businesses lead the way out of recession and help deliver the skills businesses need to grow.

“It is crucial that businesses who are looking to grow and hire more staff can find employees with the right skills.

“We are bringing together businesses, educationalists and the public sector to shape a skills strategy and action plan.

“It will set out in very clear terms our agenda for action, detailing what needs to be done, and by when. It will bring together many existing initiatives from across the public and private sectors, with an injection of new ideas too.”

Next week’s skills summit takes place on Monday (23) at Norwich City Football Club from 6pm to 9pm. Visit www.newangliabooking.co.uk