Investigation into a new enterprise centre to support business growth and invest in skills development in North Norfolk moves to the next stage of development.
North Norfolk District Council is progressing investigation into the feasibility of a new North Norfolk centre where businesses will share space with education providers to help bridge the gap between workforce needs and academic study.
A business case is being developed, which will explore viability of site options, detailed design requirements and suitable operational models for a type of development that is entirely new to this area.
This builds on an earlier feasibility study carried out last year that found strong evidence to support development of an enterprise facility in North Norfolk. The decision to move to the next stage of the plans was approved by the Council’s cabinet, following consultations with more than 90 local businesses and educational establishments.
Cllr Nigel Dixon, North Norfolk District Council Cabinet Member for Business and Economic Development said: “It is great news that investigations into a centre to support local business and our local economy is making solid headway. Our discussions with local businesses and organisations have given us an indication of the demand for such a development and the needs this project aims to meet.
“For the economy these can feel like uncertain times but we believe we have identified a suitable means of helping to support the development of local businesses, whilst opening the eyes of young people in the area to the wealth of exciting career opportunities that exist locally. The future growth of North Norfolk’s economy and prosperity of our district is dependent upon talented young people and this investigation aims to focus on a suitable new approach.”