Economic Development and inward investment

About the Norfolk and Suffolk Growth Strategy, the Economic Development service, investment and growth opportunities and Better Broadband for Suffolk.


What we do

Economic Development service

The work of the Economic Development team is delivered under 4 broad headings outlined below, with some examples of the type of work undertaken for each one.


This encompasses our work with LEPs (including the drafting and negotiation of Strategic Economic Plans and Growth Deals).

It also includes work carried out as members of the Suffolk Growth Partnership which brings together all of the Suffolk local authorities to oversee the growth agenda in the county.

Business support

We are partners in a region wide service called Invest Norfolk & Suffolk.  This includes dealing with enquiries from national sources such as DIT.

We provide advice to, and participate in decisions on, New Anglia LEP’s business support programmes. Key grant funds available: 

Our work on energy includes managing the County Council’s involvement in:

Locations for growth

We have worked with partners in Suffolk and across the wider region to deliver a number of growth locations generating new businesses and jobs.

  • The Space to Innovate Enterprise Zone comprises 10 sites across Norfolk and Suffolk. This multi-site zone will help to create 18,500 jobs over the next 25 years 
  • Freeport East will be a hub for global trade and national regeneration as well as creating a hotbed for innovation that will have impact across the UK (Freeport East - Felixstowe | Harwich | Gateway 14)

The aim of the Better Broadband for Suffolk programme is to:

  • build a brand new superfast broadband network
  • bring better broadband to all of Suffolk
  • ensure that the benefits are maximised by businesses, households and service delivery organisations

Learn more about Better Broadband for Suffolk.

Get information about reducing the cost you spend on energy, travel and waste visit the Business Advice Service on Green Suffolk.

Contact us

Email available Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.