The main theme of Mr Pickles’ visit was that of partnership, and how it can be used to overcome the challenges faced by councils and businesses in Great Yarmouth. I took Mr Pickles to a number of meetings intended to showcase how partnership working was driving down costs for the local council; and on a larger scale fuelling the New Anglia LEP’s attempt to foster economic development in the Great Yarmouth Borough.
We visited the Beacon Innovation Centre, where we met with members of the new Norfolk and Suffolk Energy Alliance (NSEA). This body will be running the Enterprise Zone on behalf of the LEP. He was greeted by several senior Councillors including Derrick Murphy, Leader of Norfolk County Council and Ann Steward, Cabinet Member for Economic Development, who is also chairman of the NSEA.
The visit was a brilliant opportunity to show that businesses and councils in Great Yarmouth are committed to working constructively to promote the economic development of our Borough. From ambitious shared service arrangements to the vast potential of our off-shore energy sector; Great Yarmouth is really at the forefront of some really exciting developments. A lot of people seem to take delight in talking down our beautiful borough, but we really have a lot to offer and I am confident that I was able to show Great Yarmouth at its very best.