The transformation of a former Battle of Britain fighter station into a booming business hub received the royal seal of approval with a visit from Princess Anne.
The Princess touched down by helicopter at the Scottow Enterprise Park on Wednesday for a tour of the site. The former RAF Coltishall airbase is set to be 75pc occupied by early next year. More than £2m is also being invested in a new water supply system, which is being installed in the next few months.
During her visit, Princess Anne met business owners and employees to learn about how they are benefitting from being on site.
Managing director of energy efficient building company Beattie Passive Ron Beattie said: “The Princess was very interested in the business the young people we are training and our work with the prison system and asked lots of good questions.”
Princess Anne also met with staff at Norgate Builders which has been based at Scottow since April. Manager Martyn Gray said: “It was a real pleasure to meet the princess and her visit was much needed recognition for the work of the enterprise park.”
The Princess had been due to visit in March but was forced to reschedule after becoming unwell.
To date the Enterprise Park has 62 tenants and has helped to create and safeguard 112 jobs.
Norfolk County Council paid £4m for the 600 acre base, which closed in 2006.
The enterprise park, which is managed by Hethel Innovation, gained official Enterprise Zone status in April.
New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership board member Davina Tanner said: “The key benefits of Enterprise Zones are the ability to access superfast broadband, simplified planning and a business discount rate of up to £275,000 over five years. RAF Coltishall played a crucial strategic role in our defence, now Scottow Enterprise Park can play a crucial economic one.”
Source – Eastern Daily Press