Framlingham misses out on Rural Growth Fund but onwards with other opportunities...
29th March 2012
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Some of you may have read my blog from 9th March this year telling you about the exciting bid that East Anglia was making for part of £15m from the Rural Growth Fund.

The New Anglia LEP (Local Enterprise Partnership) was looking for £2.6m to support regeneration on 14 industrial sites across Suffolk and Norfolk in Brandon, Brantham, Clare/Glemsford, Eye, Framlingham, Haleworth, Stanton, Attleborough, Aylsham, Downham Market, Fakenham, Harleston, North Walsham and Swaffham.

This would have been a fantastic boost for these areas and would have created in the region of 700 new jobs.

Sadly, the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Secretary, Caroline Spelman, has decided to share it around LEPs in Swindon, Wiltshire, Durham, Northumberland, Coventry, Warwickshire, Cumbria, Devon and Somerset instead.

It was hoped that a successful bid could also unlock further funding from the Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE) to help small businesses improve their skills, facilities and competitiveness.

However, all is not lost, New Anglia has secured an Enterprise Zone in Lowestoft and Great Yarmouth, which will provide a wide range of benefits to energy and energy-related businesses which will hopes to grow 10,000 jobs by 2025.

Mr Wood who is chairman of New Anglia said "£12m has also been secured to help kick-start abandoned infrastructure projects and a further £6m from this Growing Places Fund. We will continue to make the case for the region in Whitehall, with vigour.”

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