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General views around the Robinsons soft drinks factory at Carrow Works, Norwich Bottles on the production line Picture: James Bass For: EDP BUSINESS EDP Pics © 2007 Tel: (01603) 772434 Archant Norfolk Photographic © 2007 Norfolk and Suffolk are counties with rich manufacturing pasts – from the roaring medieval wool trade to shoemaking, car building and food production in more modern times.
But time and competition from other areas of the UK and Europe have whittled away at the area’s manufacturing heritage.
The businesses that survive are those that adapt to the changing environment.
“Infrastructure improvements make it easier to do business if you are in manufacturing or engineering – that is where I think we are seeing positive and constructive growth.” Despite those improvements, East Anglia’s location often means that national businesses seeking to consolidate are moving their operations out of the region, rather than in.
She said: “Norfolk Chamber of Commerce has been lobbying for many years for improvements to the infrastructure of East Anglia, and the fact that the region has been continually over-looked for this investment by central government is a key factor in some companies’ decisions.” The 2017 manufacturing outlook from BDO and manufacturing trade body EEF said there was still work to be done to equip the UK’s regions to “drive through the necessary upgrades to the business environment” to “anchor more manufacturing investment and growth”.
It is also responsible for 9.2% of the UK’s manufactured exports.