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Community Action Norfolk strongly believes that our rural communities need to be excellent places to work and live. Rural Norfolk faces a range of economic challenges, but also some significant opportunities building on our substantial assets and making use of new funding opportunities. We are hosting a series of discussion events, on behalf of the Rural Development Strategy steering group, looking at economic development in Norfolk’s rural communities.

  • How can we make Norfolk a good place to run a successful business? How can we ensure high quality jobs? What about related issues such as transport, housing, childcare and education? These events are an opportunity for local residents and the business community to have their say on how to promote sustainable economic development in rural areas. 

The events will be held on the following dates: 

  • Garboldisham Village Hall, Friday 27th November from 4-6pm

  • Aylsham Town Hall, Friday 4th December from 3-5pm

  • Wells Maltings, Friday 11th December from 4-6pm  

We will explore how we can support rural businesses to grow and how to promote sustainable economic development in our rural communities. The county has its own Rural Development Strategy, and the Government recently published a 10-point plan for rural productivity. We will be using these reports as the catalyst for debate about rural Norfolk’s economic development, how we can respond to the challenges we face and make the most of future opportunities. A panel of speakers, including the chair of the area’s Local Action Group, will briefly set the scene before we facilitate discussion around key themes including planning and regulations, education and skills, housing, and transport, mobile and broadband connections. We will also use the events to promote European LEADER funds which are aimed at boosting growth at the very local level. 

The events are free to attend and all are welcome. There is no need to book but to help us plan refreshments it would be helpful if you could let us know if you are planning to attend.