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Princess Royal visits Scottow Enterprise Park

Just Regional
Sep 21, 2016 3 mins read

Scottow Enterprise Park was visited by HRH The Princess Royal today (September 21). The event marked a significant point in the transition of the former RAF base into an Enterprise Park for local businesses.

Norfolk County Council had great pleasure in welcoming Her Royal Highness to Scottow Enterprise Park, an economic development initiative playing an important role in growing the economy particularly in the sector of advanced engineering and high value manufacturing.

The visit focused on the redevelopment of the former RAF Coltishall site as well as the positive effect it is having on the tenants and the local community. The site itself covers 600 acres and has 510,000 square foot of lettable office, workshop and storage space. To date the Enterprise Park has 62 tenants, 9 of which are start-up businesses, and has helped to create and safeguard 112 jobs.

Accompanied by the Deputy Lieutenant Mr Richard Butler MBE DL, Her Royal Highness was greeted by High Sheriff of Norfolk Sir William Cubitt KCVO CBE, The Chairman of North Norfolk Council, Mr John Lee, The Chairman of Norfolk County Council, Mr David Collis and the Managing Director at Hethel Innovation, Mr Simon Coward.

Her Royal Highness met a small group of individuals who have been responsible for developing one of the largest field of solar panels in the country in a way that is economically sound, sustainable and wildlife-friendly and saw first-hand how Scottow Enterprise Park aims to engage with the local community by meeting the team behind the Gamechangers and Activate Workshops. These workshops are aimed at both start-up businesses and high school students and aim to gain wider involvement from local communities in business.

Finally, the visit concluded with a group of key individuals who are currently supporting the park, including Mrs Davina Tanner from the Anglia LEP who explained how the Park will benefit the local community.

It is hoped that this visit will continue to stimulate interest in Scottow Enterprise Park and reaffirm the long term commitment to the businesses on site and that in years to come the provide a location that can be appreciated and enjoyed, not just by local businesses, but by the local community at large.

PICTURES: AMIE CROXTON

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