19/03/19: New prospectus to attract businesses to Breckland

Breckland Council has launched a new prospectus aimed at attracting businesses and jobs to the district.

At their meeting today (19 March), the district council's Cabinet members approved plans to adopt the Invest In Breckland prospectus, which outlines the council's ambition for the district to become the East of England's largest advanced engineering and manufacturing centre with a strong supply chain links to other key sectors including agritech and logistics.

It details key employment sites in the district available for future development and the support available to prospective businesses.

Cllr Sam Chapman-Allen, Breckland Council's Executive Member for Corporate Strategy and Investment, commented: "The prospectus will act as a 'shop front' for the district and be shared with local and national businesses interested in expanding in Breckland. Successfully attracting more businesses to Breckland will create new employment opportunities locally and boost the economy."

During the meeting, Cabinet members also approved proposals which will enable the council to offer business rates relief to businesses in order to attract them into the district.

The decision means Local Discretionary Rate Relief can be offered to businesses interested in setting up in the district if they meet certain criteria, such as providing significant employment opportunities, benefitting the local supply chain, and aligning with Breckland's key growth sectors. Additional consideration will be given to businesses planning to build significant new business premises within the district.

"Breckland has improving infrastructure and is at the heart of the Cambridge Norwich Tech Corridor," added Cllr Chapman-Allen. "Being able to offer rate relief in the right circumstances will give businesses yet another reason to choose Breckland over other parts of the country and puts us on a more equal footing with established enterprise zones elsewhere.

"We have made a very clear statement to businesses and our partners that Breckland is 'Open for Business' and we are prepared to work closely with prospective businesses to bring jobs to the area."

Having been agreed at today's meeting, the Local Discretionary Rate Relief plans will be presented to Full Council in May for discussion and ratification before being adopted.

Last updated: 24/07/2019 13:14:43