Since the creation of the Greater Norwich Manufacturing Group (GNMG) in 2016, we have developed the model for the group and started to replicate it across the region. The GNMG has come together four times, accommodated by various businesses across the Greater Norwich area. Lintott Control Systems, Ardagh, Heat Rae Sadia, and Thurne have all hosted, speaking on topics a range of topics such as training, CSR, and quality process. This group is now being coordinated by Stephen Scowen, Economic Development Manager for Broadland District Council, chaired by Mark Davy of Lintott Control Systems and continually supported by NAAME.

‘Through the GNMG a number of partners are all working together to create a forum where we are promoting trust and knowledge transfer. This has the potential to lead to possible collaboration/joint ventures between firms, and helps to develop the supply chain which captures and retains the added value as products progress along it locally. This builds upon the economic success of our region and ultimately benefits us all.’

Stephen Scowen (Broadland District Council, Economic Development Manager)

The North Norfolk Manufacturing Group (NNMG), launched in November 2016, was invited into Scottow Enterprise Park for a productive first meeting which included a tour from Beattie Passive. A future meeting is in the pipeline for April.

With the emergence of the Cambridge Norwich Tech Corridor (CNTC) economic growth partnership, we are creating a network to support the continual growth of the advanced engineering sectors. Working alongside Breckland, South Norfolk and Forest Heath district councils, the CNTC Manufacturing Group will bring together manufacturing and engineering businesses along the Corridor to create supply chains, share best practice, and increase productivity.

Similarly, we are creating another cross-district group in Great Yarmouth and Waveney. This group is working to increase the size and value of the existing Great Yarmouth group, which has now been appropriately renamed the Great Yarmouth and Waveney Manufacturing Group (GYWMG). We have been paving the way to create many more in 2017, including more groups in Suffolk, with initial focus on Ipswich and Bury St. Edmunds.

 

Robert Bowling

Author: Robert Bowling