A delegation of trade officials from the Dutch province of Drenthe is visiting Norfolk and Suffolk this week to discuss opportunities for inward investment, trade and collaboration on research and development.
Gijs Meijer, Strategic Advisor International Affairs and Trade, Eric Hoppenbrouwer, Strategic Advisor in Investor Relations and Frederik Hillbolling, Export and Business Advisor, are being hosted by New Anglia LEP and welcomed by Andrew Wood, the Dutch Honorary Consul for Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex and Cambridgeshire and local partners.
On Tuesday 10th July the four-strong delegation toured Norwich Research Park, seeing examples of expertise in the Food and Drink, Agritech and Cleantech sectors and hearing presentations from the John Innes Centre, University of East Anglia, Quadram Institute, Royal Norfolk Agricultural Association and Norwich Research Park.
On Thursday 12th delegates headed to Suffolk. Visits to BT’s Global Research and Development headquarters at Adastral Park and the University of Suffolk’s Ipswich Waterfront Innovation Centre (IWIC) put the focus on ICT, Logistics and the Bio-economy, with briefings from Suffolk Chamber of Commerce, the Port of Felixstowe, Suffolk County Council and New Anglia LEP.
A further visit is being planned for the autumn, to include businesses and representatives from research facilities and universities from Drenthe Province.
Gijs Meijer, Strategic Advisor International Affairs and Trade, said: “We’ve had a very useful visit – our two regions have a lot in common. Oppurtunities between Drenthe and East Anglia won’t just happen, together we will create them!”
Nicole Kritzinger, Inward Investment Manager at New Anglia LEP, said “We’re delighted to be able to host our colleagues from Drenthe and showcase some of the research and commercial opportunities that we’re rightly proud of in the East. With a further visit planned for later in the year, we’re confident of securing a closer working relationship and doing much more business in the future.”