Inward Investment

Investment and development opportunities

There are a range of exciting investment and development opportunities across the two counties of Norfolk and Suffolk. From innovative residential developments to commercial opportunities and creative mixed-used sites, our region is ready for investment. We are well connected to Cambridge, London, European and global markets, making us the location of choice for growing, successful businesses. Ambitious for further growth, we will work with Government and private investors to achieve it.

Norfolk and Suffolk have a number of key centres of economic activity, with fast growing urban centres, historic market towns and a large rural economy. Our natural landscape and our rich cultural heritage give our area its distinctive character. We are forward looking and our economy is well positioned to capitalise the opportunities created by further advances in technology and digital connectivity.

Our business leaders, local authorities, the voluntary and community sector, Universities and Colleges are working together to drive future success as a place where businesses and residents can thrive and succeed. With business-friendly local planning authorities and the space for firms to grow, the East is the location of choice for investment. The area’s business-friendly environment includes a wide range of supply chain opportunities, financial and support packages from public sector partners.

Our area is home to a number of Enterprise Zone sites, which offer benefits including business rate relief. To find out more about our Enterprise Zones, click here.

Find out more about development and investment opportunities in the East

Food, drink and agriculture

Norfolk and Suffolk are well-placed as Europe’s largest eastern gateway to the UK. It is a food lover’s paradise with a strong agricultural heritage and a long history of innovation. The area is award-winning in sugar, cider, wine, beer, chocolate, potatoes, poultry and pork production. The sector is a significant contributor to the UK economy with trade in food, drink and agriculture worth £3.9 billion. With only 2% of the UK’s population, it produces 11% of its food and drink. It is the UK’s most productive and profitable farming area, with a substantial and valuable supply chain.

Food innovation

The area has a successful and groundbreaking agri-tech sector with leading global innovations in hi-tech data, drone technology and robotics in food production and growing techniques. For example, Norwich Research Park is home to world-leading research institutes specialising in food and bioscience.

Read more about Norfolk and Suffolk’s food, drink and agriculture sector in the latest brochure here.


To find out more about locating or investing in the East, contact Julian Munson:

Email: Mob: 07392 087166