Deal forged to promote two counties overseas

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A new agreement has been been made between the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership and UK Trade and Industry (UKTI) which aims to promote Suffolk and Norfolk globally and attract overseas investment to the two counties.

Under the deal, officers in the two counties and UKTI will share information and their portfolios of investors looking to come to the East of England.

UKTI is the national inward investment organisation with representatives based in embassies across the world. Its jobs is to promote the UK and its regions to potential overseas investors.

Norfolk and Suffolk county councils, as partners of New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership, will be responsible for the co-ordination of inward investment. This will include hosting visits from investors and providing and co-ordinating aftercare services for businesses, once they have are based themselves in the two counties.

Andy Wood, chairman of New Anglia, said: “Attracting new jobs and investment into Suffolk and Norfolk is an important priority for New Anglia and it is critical we work closely with our partners at UKTI to help promote the area effectively overseas. This partnership will help us promote our key sectors, from energy and life sciences, to engineering and financial services, on a world stage.”