Norfolk is historically known across Britain as the county of Nelson, crops and turkeys, flat land and sleepy lives. But in more recent years, the region has begun carving itself a new identity as a frontrunner of innovation and enterprise. 

Not only a beautiful place to live, Norfolk is emerging as an exciting enterprising community with a bright future. The county’s capital, Norwich, is a centre for arts and creativity, while the surrounding areas of Norfolk has seen many startup companies spring up and grow.

There are many opportunities for businesses throughout the wonderful county of Norfolk, and here are just a few:

  1. Skills and Knowledge

A key feature of Norfolk is the vast wealth of knowledge, skills and expertise available in the region. In Norfolk a leading university can be found, University of East Anglia (UEA), plus a blooming arts university, Norwich University of the Arts (NUA). From these organisations, talented young professionals emerge, many of which are interested in staying in the city they have grown to love during their time at University. The county also has a world famous centre of plant science, genetics and microbiology, the John Innes Centre

Organisations, such as Hethel Innovation, offer support for business professionals to further develop their skills and knowledge. Over the years Hethel Innovation has helped over 500 businesses and created over 1500 jobs, helping to create even more business opportunities in Norfolk


2. Economic Zone

Norfolk is an ideal location for businesses. A few hours drive from London, a couple of hours on the Norwich to Liverpool Street Station train, with an international airport based in Norwich, Norfolk has brilliant links to the rest of Britain and beyond. Thanks to this, Norfolk is a prime location for businesses and organisations who need to be close to the big smoke but have plenty of space to grow in affordable accommodation.

Along with Suffolk, Norfolk also benefits from New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP). The region has been designated a strategic economic zone, with New Anglia LEP working with businesses, local authorities and educational institutions to encourage economic growth.


3. Work Life Balance

There’s no better place than Norfolk for promoting a healthy work life balance. With plenty of family friendly activities available in the county, including amazing beaches, woodland adventures, the broads for boat lovers and shops and restaurants in Norwich, there are benefits to living in the wonderful countryside for all ages.

Finding business locations out of the hustle and bustle of Norwich is easy, with many business parks offering space outside of the city in peaceful settings. 


4. Space to grow

Not only is it simply nicer to work in the countryside, surrounded by greenery and nature, it also makes good business sense. Basing your company in the quieter spots of Norfolk, rather than Norwich, means that businesses usually benefit from more bang for your buck. 

Scottow Enterprise Park offers units as small as 100 sq ft and as big as 61000 sq ft, providing plenty of space for both small and large businesses. Renting these units is far more cost efficient than leasing equivalent properties in Norwich and certainly, London. In addition, business parks like Scottow offer a community environment for businesses where collaboration between tenants is encouraged and business support is available. 


5. Affluent Market

Finally, Norfolk is home to many affluent consumers who possess a large disposable income. This means that occupants of the county form an attractive market for product and service providers. Many businesses have thrived in Norfolk, benefiting from the booming local market, and have grown to dominate national markets as a result. 


To find out more about business space to rent in Norfolk, call 01603 273148 or visit to find out more. 

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