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Trade Mission Connects East With West

A delegation from Norfolk and Suffolk is heading to South West England at the end of the month on a trade mission visit to discover more about the region’s nuclear power and food and drink sectors, and to seek business opportunities.

The visit has been arranged by Norwich Airport and Exeter Airport through their respective Connects business ambassador networks which aim to forge closer trading links between the regions. Both airports are part of Regional and City Airports, the airport management division of Rigby Group plc.

The trip builds on a trade mission from the South West to Norfolk and Suffolk 18 months ago and is being supported by New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), the South West Business Council and Flybe.

Richard Pace, managing director of Norwich Airport, said: “By bringing together our regional Connects business networks we are aiming to stimulate growth and highlight connectivity and opportunities for partnership between our regions. There are many potential sectors for collaboration and its import to connect regions of the UK for mutual economic benefit.”

The 20-strong delegation will fly from Norwich to Exeter on Thursday, February 28, returning on Friday, March 1.

During their stay in the South West delegates will have the option to tour local food and drink businesses in Devon and Cornwall, visit the Exeter headquarters of the Met Office, and visit the site of the Hinkley Point C nuclear power station in North Somerset, the biggest building site in Europe.

Doug Field, Chair of New Anglia LEP said: “We are particularly interested in the nuclear new build at Hinkley Point and applying best practice ensuring that any potential future development at Sizewell will generate maximum benefit for local businesses across the supply chain, create more contract opportunities and boost local jobs.

“We are also seeking opportunities to promote our growing food and drink sector and help our businesses expand into new markets across the UK and internationally as we did recently in the Netherlands. Our growing relationship with the South West of England could open doors for new business and trading collaborations.”

The Norfolk and Suffolk delegation comprises the following:
Food and drink businesses: Paddy & Scotts, Scarlett and Mustard, Coop, Hillfairs Farming Ltd, The Wildmeat Co., Food Enterprise Park and Bullards Spirits.

Energy sector representatives: EDF Nuclear new build, East of England Energy Group, Suffolk and Norfolk Chambers of Commerce, EnerMech and Suffolk County Council.